Only a day after the prices were announced for the tablet, the $499 model for Microsoft's Surface has seen its pre-orders delayed to three weeks.
The $499 model on Surface's product page is already showcasing a delay of 3 weeks, with the two other models that are being sold at higher prices being available for delivery by October 26.
Component supplier sources in Asia recent suggested that Microsoft will ship between 3 million and 5 million Surface tablets during the fourth quarter of 2012. The figures are reportedly in line with Amazon and Google for their Android-powered Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 tablets.
Microsoft has further showcased confidence in the tablet with chief executive Steve Ballmer suggesting that Surface's commercial performance could see the tablet selling "a few million" over the duration of the next 12 months.
Surface will officially launch alongside operating system Windows 8 on October 26.