After a couple of sites noted that stock of both Microsoft's Surface 3 and Band 2 devices are seemingly in short supply in some places here in the U.S., Microsoft is confirming that production of the Surface 3 will end in December 2016.
It also stated that it would stop making the 10.8-inch tablet by the end of 2016.
One of the reasons why the Redmond giant is delaying the release of Surface Book 2 is that it is waiting for the release of Intel's next generation Kaby Lake processors.
Many pundits are questioning when we'll see a Surface 4, but the question may be more "if" than "when". After all, standalone tablets are seemingly becoming less popular as 2-in-1s get more powerful and less expensive. The original Surface and Surface 2 tablets sported ARM-based processors, and ran on Windows RT.
Microsoft's limited supply could mean that the Surface 3 is highly popular, or it could mean that Microsoft has simply slowed down the manufacturing process to focus on a newer model. The tablet is backed by a quad-core Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor clocked at 1.6GHz (2.4GHz burst), 2GB or 4GB of system memory, and 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. Other retailers seem rather low in stock as well, with Best Buy offering only two models online. The long rumored 4K resolution display is also tipped to be coming, but more likely as an optional upgrade for premium users rather than a standard feature for the device.
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