Surface sell-out? Microsoft pushes Windows RT shipments back to 3 weeks

$499 model proving popular

Surface sell-out? Microsoft pushes Windows RT shipments back to 3 weeks

Pre-orders for Microsoft's Surface tablet are proving so popular that the shipment date for the entry level unit has already been pushed back to three weeks.

That's according to CNet, which claims the cheapest Surface unit – coming in at $499 – is now displaying a "within 3 weeks" advisory on Microsoft's pre-order page for US consumers.

Swings and roundabouts

It's both a positive and negative sign for Microsoft: though the number of units available for pre-orders is not known, any sign of an early sell-out suggests Surface is proving more popular than the Redmond giant anticipated.

Well, the cheapest SKU is, anyway.

The $499 Surface comes without the device's keyboard-cum-cover – a feature much touted by Microsoft at the device's unveiling and one that features prominently within Surface's launch ad.

The fact only the cheapest model is selling out may also suggest Microsoft has priced the more costly models out of the market. The high-end Windows RT Surface comes in at $699.

It's expected the Intel-equipped Windows 8 units will sport RRPs far north of that figure.

Interestingly, no such notice is displayed when pre-ordering any of the three available SKUs in the UK.

Reports have previously suggested Microsoft is expecting to sell between 3-5 million units within Surface's first quarter.

[source: CNet]

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