Microsoft's next-gen Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets seem to have hit the right note with consumers, as the company has revealed that the devices are fast selling out.
Microsoft recently launched the second-generation Surface tablets and tech pundits speculated about the fate of the devices, as the first-gen Surface Pro and particularly the Surface RT did not go down too well with consumers. The Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 succeed the original Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets, respectively.
In September, we reported that Microsoft had begun taking pre-orders for the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets. The slates are expected to hit the stores from Oct. 22. Now according to a tweet from the company, the Microsoft store is "close to selling out" the tablets.
"Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 are close to selling out," tweeted the company.
"It...looks like pre-order stock of the Surface 2 (64GB) and Surface Pro 2 (256 GB and 512GB) are close to selling out," notes the Surface blog.
At this juncture, it is not known how many tablets Microsoft has manufactured and sold. Moreover, what the company means by "close to selling out" is unclear.
Microsoft hopes to turn around its fortunes with the launch of the new Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2, but it remains to be seen if the tablets can give stiff competition to the iPad.
Per Microsoft, the Surface 2 is "the most productive tablet ever built" and it has 25 percent more battery life compared to the original Surface RT, whereas the Surface Pro 2 "is faster - literally - than 95 percent of laptops on the market today."
The online Microsoft Store also shows shipping delays for the new 64GB Surface 2 and 256GB Surface Pro 2, hinting at a high demand for the devices. The 32GB and 64GB variants of the Surface 2 will ship by Oct. 21 and Oct. 25, respectively.
Judging by Microsoft's tweet, stock of the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 ia low so pre-order while you can.