Microsoft to start by building around 3 million Surface tablets

Microsoft to start by building around 3 million Surface tablets
Microsoft’s first production run for its Surface tablets will have around 3 million units - that’s how many tablets it plans to build and expectations are that it’d sell a few million in calendar 2012, according to estimates by researchers from IDC.

"Probably a little over 3 million, both [Intel] x86 and ARM," IDC analyst Bob O'Donnell predicted Microsoft Surface production in an interview for CNET.

Having that many Surface tablets means that Microsoft will definitely sell the devices on big box retailers and not just through its own stores, according to the analyst.

Now, the most interesting part about the Surface tablet is the rumored very aggressive pricing, with Windows 8 RT ARM-based tablets said to start at $199. This could turn out to be true, but with a catch - you’d need to pay for services. So if you take a price point of around $599 (that’s what we’ve previously heard), and start working towards that price from $199, with the added services, Microsoft might end up getting even more value out of the tablet, just not initially.

It’s not clear what would that mysterious subscription be given that the first generation of Surface tablets is expected to work on Wi-Fi only and have no ties to carriers, but we’re curious to see. Still, IDC has serious doubts that Microsoft would ever launch a $199 tablet, and we’d also join in their healthy skepticism.

What do you think about the Microsoft Surface? Will it challenge the iPad and will it change something in the tablet space?

source: CNET

Related phones

Surface RT
  • Display 10.6 inches
    768 x 1366 pixels
  • Camera 1 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • OS Windows RT
Surface Pro
  • Display 10.6 inches
    1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 1 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware Intel Core i5, RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • OS Windows 8 Pro



13. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Frankly I will buy a Windows "8" intel CPU x86 Tablet because they can run full desktop and Laptop Windows software that was produced for them from the years 2000 to 2012. that's a big Apps ECI system. The Windows RT ARM CPU tablets will run "Special RT software" and it will take developers I estimate about 18 months to have the Apps that count to make them "Ipad" competitors. Folks Windows RT Tablet have one strong point they come loaded with a special version of Microsoft WORD EXcel and PowerPoint which makes them useful right out of the box. Many People will buy them just because of that!

10. Gcombs

Posts: 136; Member since: Aug 22, 2011

I can't wait to see the different models of W8 tablets from all the other OEM. I think I will get the Surface RT model and wait and see what Samsung and HP has to offer for a Pro version.

6. BigDenn

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

even if i hate this metro ui i think Microsoft Surface (8 Pro) is awesome !!!

3. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

well i think they should already start working on wifi +3G/4G so that they will have some carriers love!

9. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

why thumbs down.. i think it has connection... releasing a wifi only isnt really a nice thing... like apple did, release ipad wifi and wifi+4g so that carriers will pick it up... and i think thats what any other manufacturers are doing... just think a surface tablet on a verizon, at&t, etc catalog... but since surface isnt made for that, maybe thats why i got thumbs down.. but just for functonality... what if you're in a place with out wifi? and really needs to check emails, etc and your phone is dead to do that?

2. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

1 of those 3 million is mine as long as the price is $499 or below

4. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

why do you need arm tablet with not more than 200 apps ? and system restrictions? like for browser and so on

5. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

everyone has there preference. i have a laptop and desktop to do what i need a tab is a luxury not a necessity

12. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

ok I get it, I simply like to have freedom and everything in my way that's all. and if windows or android can give it even more to me, win on arm simply fails

8. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

The article referred to both RT and Pro versions, so if a Pro is under $499, your dispute is invalid. I'm in the same boat. Under $500, I'll get a Pro ASAP

11. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

your dispute is invalid because I wrote "ARM tablet" not intel tablet or windows tablet, just efking ARM


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Its hard to predict. We all will wait and see the out-come? Good luck to it!


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Wow, 3 dislike!

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