Microsoft says it is pulling the plug on the Surface 3 at the end of the year. There are still Surface 3s available in the meantime, though supplies are growing scarce at the moment.
This weekend Microsoft gave the official statement to the tech publication Thurott announcing the end of production.
Since launching Surface 3 over a year ago, we have seen strong demand and satisfaction amongst our customers. Inventory is now limited and by the end of December 2016, we will no longer manufacture Surface 3 devices.
There are currently two SKUs left at NeweggBusiness. Click links for current pricing and discounts.
- Microsoft Surface 3 (Intel Atom x7 /4 GB RAM / 64 GB SSD)
- Microsoft Surface 3 (Intel Atom x7/2 GB RAM/ 64 GB SSD)
The future is unclear for the Surface product line
Aside from isolated Surface 4 rumors earlier this year, Microsoft has kept mum on what’s next for its low-cost tablets.
Analysts, like Roger Kay at Endpoint Technologies Associates, thinks it’s a good idea for Microsoft to scrap the Surface line. He told PCWorld that the Surface 3 upset OEMs allied with Microsoft. “I have talked to a lot of OEMs, and they roll their eyes when they hear Surface,” Kay said.
With the Apple iPad Pro emerging as a competitor to the Surface Pro 4, it might make sense for Microsoft to shift more focus towards the higher end of the tablet / 2 in 1 market. The Surface Pro line has gained foothold here in the past 18 months, something that Redmond will not want to relinquish.
If that is the case, and the Surface 4 line never comes into fruition, consumers looking for inexpensive Surface 3 models will find some nice deals on refurbished items as retailers look to clear inventory.
If Surface 3 inventory is anything like the refurbished Surface Pro 2 market, SKUs will be found a couple years after retirement.