Pricing speculation is all over the map, but none of the pricing reports suggest the Surface will be inexpensive. NPD DisplaySearch, which has said it has the inside scoop on Surface 2 production, said Microsoft will release a 7.5-inch Surface 2 Mini with a starting price of $400. By comparison, the iPad Mini and Nexus 7 both start at $330.
One thing we do know is that consumers are very price-sensitive when it comes to tablets. If Microsoft wants to compete with its less expensive rivals, it won't stand a chance unless it can bring prices down.