Microsoft Will Stop Surface 3 Production In December 2016.
In December 2016, Microsoft is scheduling to end production of its Atom-based Surface 3 tablets. The tablet has been in short supply across dealer and even on the Microsoft Store, which the company has now established to Thurrot is due to a gradual phase-out, with manufacturing ending altogether by the end of the year.
On the other hand, despite being an exciting device, specialists said that there are indications that Surface 3 is being discontinued and an example is that, the stock is now running very low. Most of the models have already been listed as out-of-stock and Brad Sams of Thurrott noted that only the 64GB/2GB WiFi + LTE model units are available for purchase.
This case of inaccessibility, resulting from undersupply of units, is normally a hint that production has slowed down or has come to an end already. To clear the gossips, Microsoft stepped forward and confirmed that the company is planning to sell the Surface 3 only until December 2016.
The original Surface Pro and Surface RT and were declared just over four years ago, but neither was a smash hit out of the gate. The Surface RT was manufactured on an underpowered Nvidia Tegra 3 and Microsoft desperately flubbed its messaging on how its ARM-compatible variety of Windows varied from its x86 counterpart. Surface 2 accessible much-improved presentation courtesy of Nvidia’s Tegra 4, but it was Surface 3 that give back the lower-end Surface platform to the x86 arena, courtesy of Intel’s x7-Z8700 SoC. That chip proposal a base clock of 1.6GHz, a 2.4GHz base frequency, two LPDDR3-1600 memory channels, and a Scenario Design Power (SDP) rating as low as 2W.
Of the three non-Pro Surface tablets, the Surface 3 was by far the best-received of the bunch, which makes Microsoft’s withdrawal with no word of a successor a bit of a surprise.
"Since launching Surface 3 over a year ago, we have seen strong demand and satisfaction amongst our customers," a company spokesperson said to Thurrott. "Inventory is now limited and by the end of December 2016, we will no longer manufacture Surface 3 devices."