Microsoft Orders Up to 5 Million Surface Tablets for 2012

Microsoft is instilling enough confidence into its Surface tablet that it has commenced a "large volume production" of the device, which may see up to 5 million units being shipped during the fourth quarter.

According to component supplier sources in Asia, the Wall Street Journal said Microsoft will build between 3 million and 5 million Surface tablets before 2013 arrives.

Sources suggest that Microsoft's figures are in line with both Amazon and Google for their Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 tablets, respectively.

Back in August, IDC analyst Bob O'Donnell told CNET that he expects Microsoft to produce "a little more than 3 million Surface tablets" before the coveted Christmas holiday season arrives.

As for Microsoft's expectations of Surface's commercial performance, chief executive Steve Ballmer had said it hopes to sell "a few million" over the next 12 months.

Microsoft recently unveiled the long-awaited prices announcement for Surface, which launches alongside Windows 8 come October 26.


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  • cknobman
    Cant wait for the fire sale on these things. With the high price and huge stockpile of these I expect to pick one up in February when they cut the price by $200 to get rid of old stock.
  • rgjhawkins
    I really hope the surface tab does well, I'm so bloody bored of Appla and Android.

    I think the pro version will be great, imagine having all those great steam indie games on the move :)

    best of luck MS!
  • belardo
    Wow, this is going to be fun... TouchPad 2.0, by Microsoft!