UPDATE: It's official! Microsoft has put out a press release with the prices for the upcoming surface tablet. It is indeed $499 for a 32GB model, $599 for a 32GB model with black Touch Cover keyboard, and $699 for a 62GB model with black Touch Cover keyboard. If you want a colored Touch Cover keyboard, you'll have to pay $119.99. The bulkier Type Cover keyboard -- similar to the Touch Cover, but with keys that move and can depressed like on a traditional keyboard, will cost $129.99.
A limited number of Surface tablets will go on pre-order sale starting at 12PM ET at Surface.com.
On Monday night, Microsoft trumpeted the release of its first television advertisement for its new tablet, the Surface.
It might have also accidentally released something more closely guarded: The price of the Surface.
According to TechCrunch (like The Huffington Post, owned by AOL), Microsoft posted and then quickly deleted a page on its website containing the prices and configurations for its upcoming Surface tablet, as well as the much-ballyhooed Touch Cover keyboard. If the leak was accurate, a 32GB Surface will cost $499; a 32GB Surface with Touch Cover will cost $599; and a 64GB Surface with Touch Cover will cost $699.
That low price of $499 would mean the cheapest Surface costs the same amount as Apple's cheapest new iPad; though for $500, you get 32GB of storage on the Surface versus 16GB of storage on the iPad.
Though the site has since been taken down, TechCrunch captured a screenshot of the product page, which you can marvel at below:
The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday morning that Microsoft has ordered 3 to 5 million Surface tablets for the holiday season, which would make it one of the best-selling tablets on the market, along with the iPad and Amazon's Kindle Fire. The Surface will be available online and at Microsoft stores (both permanent and pop-up) around the United States.
The Surface will go on sale October 26th, the same day that Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system will become available. Check out more images of the Surface tablet below. Scroll down further for a look at the commercial for Surface.