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Microsoft reopens 128GB Surface Pro online orders in US

Back in stock after being 'sold out' just hours after launch last week
Mon Feb 18 2013, 09:50

TABLET NEWCOMER Microsoft has reopened online orders for its 128GB Surface Pro tablet, which is now back in stock in the US after having 'sold out' just hours after launch last week.

"Starting right now, you can visit the online Microsoft Store and place an order for the 128GB Surface Pro that will ship within 2-3 weeks, based on incoming inventory," Microsoft said in a Surface Pro blog post.

According to Microsoft's online store, a 128GB Surface Pro ordered on 18 February will ship 1 March.

However, Microsoft hinted that supplies of the tablet are low, meaning that it probably will sell out again soon.

"Once inventory is depleted, the system will show as 'out of stock' until new inventory is available to ship," the firm added.

Microsoft claimed it promptly sold out of its 128GB Surface Pro tablet when online orders opened on Saturday, 9 February, despite reports that the tablet hasn't been selling all that well.

Although it hasn't gone on sale here in the UK yet, US reports last week said that Microsoft's retail stores sold out too, as well as Best Buy and Staples.

Of course, it's unclear how many Surface Pro tablets Microsoft actually managed to shift that weekend, so it doesn't mean that its Windows 8 tablet is selling particularly well. It could be that Microsoft made only a small production run to test the waters.

Last week, handy technicians at iFixit cracked open the Surface Pro tablet just days after launch and awarded it a rock bottom one out of 10 repairability score.

Microsoft told The INQUIRER today that it "doesn't have any updated information to share" regarding the availability of the Surface Pro here in the UK. µ


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