There are new reports that Microsoft Corporation is preparing to launch an 8-inch version of the Microsoft Surface tablet. According to DigiTimes, a Taiwan-based supply chain reported that Microsoft will be showcasing an 8-inch Surface tablet in June. Another 10-inch version of the tablet is also expected to arrive in Q3.
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Microsoft is preparing to launch a new line of Surface tablets, which are going to be smaller than the original according to a report by DigiTimes. The new Surface tablets are expected to be announced in the next few months, possibly at the Microsoft Build Conference in June.
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Microsoft Corporation has sold under 1.5 million Surface tablets according to Bloomberg. This number includes around 1 million Surface RT tablets and about 400,000 Surface Pro tablets. The Surface RT was released in October 2012 and the Surface Pro was released in January 2013. The 1.5 million figure is a small dent compared to the number of tablets that have been sold running on Android and iOS.
Analysts: Microsoft To Sell Around 500,000-600,000 Surface Tablets In Q4 2012 Because Of Poor Distribution
Even though Microsoft was expecting to sell between 2 and 4 million Surface RT tablets in Q4 2012, analysts are expecting that between 500,000 and 600,000 have been sold. One of the biggest factors going against Microsoft is poor distribution. The tablet is being sold online and in Microsoft’s few retail stores. Microsoft is also selling the tablet at a high price of $499. Apple is selling the iPad Mini at $375 and there are a number of Android tablets that are selling for under $100 for the holidays. There are currently around 31 Microsoft stores.
Microsoft Corporation has priced the Surface tablet that runs on a full version of Windows 8 Pro. The Surface Pro will sell in January at a price of $899 and up. The price will increase if you want a keyboard cover and Microsoft Office too.
A lawyer in California is suing Microsoft Corporation over false advertising of the Microsoft Surface. He claims that the tablet that he bought from the company does not have all the storage space that the company advertised. Andrew Sokolowski said that he bought a Microsoft Surface with 32GB of storage last week, but quickly ran out of space after putting music and Microsoft Word documents on it.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that one of the Surface models was sold out online for more than one week. When speaking to the French daily newspaper Le Parisien, Mr. Ballmer said that sales “are starting modestly.”
The cheapest Microsoft Surface tablet is being marketed as having 32GB. This is twice the amount of the cheapest iPad. However the Microsoft operating system takes up almost half the storage space, which leaves you with only 16GB of storage to use for your personal files.