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6 million Microsoft Surface tablets reportedly shipped in 2015

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6 million Microsoft Surface tablets reportedly shipped in 2015
According to manufacturers in the Taiwan-based supply chain, Microsoft shipped a total of 6 million Surface tablets in 2015. That topped expectations by a brisk 50%. Fourth quarter shipments amounted to 2.5 million units. During that quarter, which expired at the end of December, Surface shipments rose 29% year-over-year thanks to the new Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book.

According to sources, Microsoft is working together with the supply chain to develop new Surface models that will be unveiled during the second half of this year. There have been reports of a Surface Phone that will be released during that same time period. Meanwhile, Microsoft has apparently taken control of SurfacePhone.com as the website now redirects to Microsoft's global Surface website.

In head-to head combat, during the fourth-quarter it is believed that the new 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro sold 2 million units, topping the 1.6 million Surface Pro 4  slabs that were reportedly rung up in the three month. For the quarter, Apple had a leading 24.5% share of the global tablet market. The company sold 16.1 million units for the three month period, down nearly 25% from the previous year. Microsoft was not included in the top five for the quarter or for the year.

source: Digitimes

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posted on 03 Feb 2016, 01:01 1

1. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1518; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)

Surface Pro 4 is awesome but it needs more battery. Surface Book has to fix its SSD write speeds and needs more vRAM for GPU.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 01:28

3. Unordinary (unregistered)

And a less sh*tty keyboard/better build quality. Overall great product but overpriced

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 03:34 1

11. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2995; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

Yup, pretty overpriced.
Hopefully the price would drop as it becomes more popular.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 02:54 2

10. vincelongman (Posts: 5082; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

vRAM isnt the problem
The problem is the GT 940M and its tiny memory bus
That's why the Surface Book (GT 940M and 1GB GDDR5) benchmarks better than other laptops with the GT 940M and 2GB of DRR3
Since its GDDR5 gives it about 20% more bandwidth (20 GB/s vs 16 GB/s)

MS could have used the GTX 950M
640 CUDA cores vs 384 in the 940M
80 GB/s bandwidth vs 20 GB/s in their 940M with GDDR5
But the GTX 950M uses more power and causes more heat
~60 W TDP vs ~40W
They would have needed to use a far better cooling system and bigger battery

The Surface Book with a 1050M or Polaris equivalent would be pretty awesome
But since the Surface Pro 5 will probably have Thunderbolt 3, you could use a eGPU instead

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 06:20

17. duartix (Posts: 311; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)

GPUs are so overrated...

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 06:42 1

18. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

shhhh down you, no logic is allowed here

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 01:28 1

2. Martineverest (Posts: 490; Member since: 27 Oct 2015)

Microsoft is gradually d coming out... OEMs are gradually joining the party. Can't wait to see how Samsung will make hybrids more popular

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 04:32

16. Shocky (unregistered)

The hybrid party where tablets slowly morph back into laptaps.

Count me out please

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 10:38

38. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14640; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

They are not morphing back to laptops.
The concept of the hybrid is to give you the option to use the device in the way that best meets you needs.

For someone who is use to just using laptops all their lives, switching to a Windows Tablet could be somewhat of a learning curve because it doesn't come with a physically attached keyboard. Even when I use my Surface Pro 4 without the keyboard, I find myself reaching for it out of habit.

For me and just me, the Surface makes a terrible laptop because the keyboard is simply to low to a flat surface. (no pun intended)

When OEM's tried to make tablets in the past, they couldn't get theit heads out of the scope of getting past a laptop looking device. Flipping a laptop screen backwards to a tablet mode, doesn't make it a tablet.

The Surface is a Tablet first and a laptop convertible second. I have found it a dream to use in Windows tablet mode and its nice to use without a keyboard.

so far I haven't seen any other OEM versions I considered to be as good. Samsung appear to have a nice one, but the Core M seems a bit under-powered for what I would use it for.

I am still wanting a Surfacebook, but am waiting from a price drop. I want the i7 model, but not ready to spend $2000 after just spending $2000 for a laptop in the not to distant past.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 01:34 2

4. ram64GB (Posts: 40; Member since: 22 Oct 2014)

Ohhh this!! +1 I am waiting for iFans.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 01:50 10

5. chocowii (Posts: 470; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)

6 million people made the right choice.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 02:03 4

7. Amiafanboy (Posts: 65; Member since: 27 May 2015)

6 million "shipped" . Shipped doesn't mean sold unfortunately.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 02:40 8

9. Settings (Posts: 2348; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)

6 million people will make the right choice.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 06:43

19. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

that's all anyone ever tracks...this includes android

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 10:17

22. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Not true.

Sold is also tracked. Sold and shipped is also tracked. That post is right tho. After seeing how Sony, Nintendo and MS reported console sales last gen and this gen.....shipped doesnt mean sold...

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 11:41

27. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

Shipped never means sold, but to say that sold is tracked, its very rare. and given the nature of android I highly doubt you can get all the sold data. Nearly every shows shipped. Because the company gets paid for shipped not sold. Walmart orders 10 phones, OEM is paid. Then its up to walmart to make up the cash.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 14:29

32. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

So when hardware gets shipped to stores but sells very lil to customers....that isnt tracked? I find that very unlikely.

That has to be part of the reason we see the decline in BB from where they used to be and why Palm is R.I.P. and why WP is dead and why Win Mo is on its way there....

Because the store would have to find numerous ways to sell it to customers or risk losing money if it doesnt sell.

If game consoles are tracked it I'm pretty sure mobile phones and other hardware sold to consumers are tracked too.

Given the nature of Android? Many phones are dirt cheap. Finding the sold to customers numbers cant be very hard.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 06:15

37. chocowii (Posts: 470; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)

That maybe true but Microsoft's focus is on enterprise. A chunk of these millions shipped will go out to companies' office equipment needs. A some to casual consumers.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 10:22

24. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Its so bad for Xbox One MS doesnt even give sold or shipped numbers anymore.They stopped some months ago.

Its only bad vs. PS4 tho, not so much vs 360 or just individually.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 10:52

39. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14640; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

Unfortunately shipped does mean sold.
If an OEM ships a product it is bought by the respective client. Whether that client is a retailer, a carriers or distributor and of course the end user.

In order for a retailer like Best Buy to sell product, they call and place an order, just like you can. They can also purchase online..JUST LIKE YOU CAN.

if Best Buy orders 10,000 of these, they "ship" when Best Buy pays for them, or pays a certain percentage. After that it is up to Best Buy to sell them to their own customers. Once Microsoft ships it is counted as a sell.

If Best Buy gets stuck with stock, then they have to run their own deals to try to recoup as much of the money they spent and pay off any remaining cost.

Shipped is sold, whether any of us here bought one or not. Every OEM counts shipped numbers as sold. YES we know it doesn't mean its been sold out to consumers, but retailers are customers of OEM's just like you are a customer.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 01:52

6. bobby2803 (Posts: 32; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)

Since there is no more new windows mobile, only win10 on handheld devices. They should tell how many active win 10 handheld devices (tablets and phones) are there while comparing with ios or android. I think we will see a huge surge of win10 tablets and then win10 phones.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 02:16 1

8. killer7D (Posts: 445; Member since: 18 Sep 2014)

Thats really a big number !

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 03:42 5

12. SIGPRO (Posts: 1887; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)

Surface Pro 3/4 best tablets till now.....period!

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 03:58

14. Shocky (unregistered)

Depends what you want from a tablet, 12" tablets are not for me, awkward to hold and a little on the heavy side.

Also they are quite expensive as well, I'd rather buy a gaming laptop than drop £1000 on a Surface Pro 4.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 06:45

20. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

It is all about need....you said gaming laptop he said tablet, while it is designed to replace a laptop, the gaming rigs excel in areas that people will buy the surface for.

The pro 4 isn't that bad, we paid 1200 for ours, and outdoes my old desktop rig that I do everything on. The surface is currently used for software and data programming in VS and R.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 10:48 1

26. Shocky (unregistered)

I already have high end pc, even my HTPC is faster than a Surface Pro 4.

The Surface Pro 4 barely qualified as a tablet, it will spend most of the time on a desk or table connected to a keyboard dock, so why even bother? just get a good laptop.

For the same price you can have two Pixel C's, one for use and a spare to stick to your fridge. :D

For programming I would definitely stick to a laptop.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 12:22 1

28. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

Which surface pro4? And would love to see the benchmarks and the parts used for the htpc (then again I wont be lugging around the htpc...)

I have a highend pc too, though it doesn't do me any good in a classroom.

Pixel C? Serious?

64GB...yes that will totally hold my 70GB of programming language that is needed.

ARM? Yes totally run all my x86 language needs

3GB of Ram? Totally better than 8GB.

I don't mind people shopping for me. I need you to find me a device under 2 lbs, that is thin, touch screen with a good pen (yes the pen is used daily), 8GB of Ram 256GB SSD, And about 6hrs of battery life while doing semi heavy usage (we average 7 right now).

Now find that for say 800-1200 bucks (with keyboard attached). Yes the weight and lightness is the most important, and it cant be above 15in because that's what they want

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 13:48

30. Shocky (unregistered)


Pixel C like most tablets is for media consumption, it's not trying to be anything else, for most tablet users it will do everything they need and more for half the price.

For the same money as the Surface Pro 4 you can get a powerful laptop with i7 6700, 16GB of Ram, GTX960 and 1TB of storage.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 14:08

31. Shocky (unregistered)

Plenty of laptops with 14" displays with the above specs and they have keyboards attached, what a novelty that is.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 10:55

40. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14640; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

Have you ever held a Surface? Even though its 12", it doesn't feel like it. In fact, it feels like its the size of an iPad. also the Surface Pro 3 isn't 12", its around 10" and I think there was a 12" version.

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