Microsoft's Surface RT tablet is expected to exceed sales of more than a million units during the fourth quarter.
"We see estimated sales of 1.3 million" in the quarter, Rhoda Alexander, an analyst at IHS iSuppli, said. The fourth quarter has a few weeks left before 2013's Q1 period arrives. "I would be surprised to see it much above that."
Due to the Surface RT model launching on October 26 -- well into the fourth quarter since it commenced -- sales of over a million for the tablet would have been carried out in around two months.
However, Boston-based brokerage firm Detwiler Fenton said in a research note that Microsoft is expected to sell less than a million units during the December quarter. Initial Surface RT orders sent to Asia suppliers a month back "were really aggressive," but those numbers weren't "borne out."
Microsoft's projections for Surface's commercial performance, meanwhile, is said to have missed initial expectations by a considerable margin, consequently leading to reports suggesting the software giant reducing production of the device by half.
Surface's Pro model, which delivers the complete Windows 8 experience, is scheduled for a January 2013 launch.