Microsoft’s Surface 3 impressed us when it launched last spring. It’s a smaller, cheaper iteration of its Surface Pro concept, and this setup struck us as a pretty compelling mix. But there are signs that the device is not long for this world. Brad Sams at Thurrott.com writes that many versions are listed as out of stock in Microsoft’s online store, with no expected availability. Online, only the 2GB RAM/64GB storage/LTE version is in stock.
In-store stock levels show a bit more availability, but the Surface 3 remains limited, with only some configurations on offer.
This kind of shortage at this stage in a device’s life is generally an indication that manufacturing is slowing down or stopping entirely, and evidence points to this possibly being the case. In a statement, Microsoft said: