STATES CHRONICLE – Microsoft has announced that it will be discontinuing the production of the Surface 3 by the end of December 2016.
Microsoft’s Surface3 is currently reported as being in low stock and high demand in several stores all over the United States. It, however, has proven to be the less popular choice of Surface products.
The Microsoft Surface3 was revealed to the world in May 2015. The original base model had 64GB of storage and was priced at $499. It also came with Windows 8.1. The current popular choice is the Windows 10 128GB version. This latter version was originally priced at $599. Both models come with an Intel Atom Quad Core 2.4 GHz processor and 4GB of RAM.
Currently, it is believed that its reduced storage and Atom-chip are the leading causes for discontinuation. Nevertheless, it is quite unusual for a product to be discontinued when it is met with such a strong demand.
Microsoft has not made any announcements in regards to a new product meant to replace the Surface 3 and the popular belief is that Microsoft will be focusing its efforts on Surface Book laptops and Surface Pro tablets from this point on.
The Spring of 2017 may be Microsoft’s most opportune time to reveal any new products as they have already planned several announcements regarding changes with Windows 10 at that time. If these releases include new series of the Surface Book and the Surface Pro, as well as an heir to the Surface3, only time will tell.
It is worth noting that although no official statements have been made by Microsoft, a Surface Phone with similar specs as the tablet would be the perfect complimentary product for the Microsoft line.
While the CPU and default internal storage space are no longer appropriate tech for a tablet, they are optimal values for a quality phone. March 2017 is speculated to be the time when Microsoft will be making any announcements in regards to the future of their hardware line.
Microsoft did not make any announcement regarding its plans for the Band 2. Unveiled in October 2015, the Band 2 has also been a popular user choice. Just like the Surface 3, the item’s popularity got to the point where most stores in the United States exhaust stocks as soon as they are replenished.
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