Microsoft has, in a round about way of doing things, may have unintentionally announced that the Surface tables will become available on October 26th. In a filing with the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission, Microsoft states:
"The next version of our operating system, Windows 8, will be generally available on October 26, 2012. At that time, we will begin selling the Surface, a series of Microsoft-designed and manufactured hardware devices."
According to the original announcement from June, this would be the WindowsRT version of the Surface with the Surface Pro making it to market about 90 days after the WindowsRT hits.
Pricing was not mentioned in the SEC filing but in a separate statement to WinSupersite, Microsoft comments that,
"Suggested retail pricing will be announced closer to availability and is expected to be competitive with a comparable ARM tablet or Intel Ultrabook-class PC."
This leaves the initial pricing point wide open and could range from what? $500ish on up? A 32gb iPad is running $599 and a middle of the road Ultrabook taps out around $750. If that pricing range holds true, the original speculation that pricing could start as low as $399 might be on the low side.
Pricing aside, if the October 26th release holds true, October is shaping up to be a big month for Microsoft. Hopefully the pricing guessing game won't last much longer with Microsoft making an official announcement on pricing that will pleasantly surprise everyone.