Whatever stock of Surface tablets Microsoft had on hand to ship out has been depleted. Whereas initial pre-orders were promised delivery by October 26 (tomorrow), you now have to wait up to three weeks when pre-ording a Surface RT tablet, depending on the model. Here's how it looks:
- Surface RT 32GB: Ships in 3 weeks
- Surface RT 32GB with Black Touch Cover: Ships in 1-2 weeks
- Surface RT 64GB with Black Touch Cover: Ships in 1-2 weeks
It's unclear how many units Microsoft set aside for day-of-release, and then there's the return rate that must be evaluated. All that, as well as sales figures, will come out in time, at which point we'll have a better grasp of Surface's true demand.
"The fact it's back ordered is indicative that there's consumer interest," said Michael Gartenberg, an analyst at Gartner, according to Reuters. "How Microsoft introduces it, evangelizes it, and explains it will determine long term success."
Microsoft has previously stated that it intends to wait until its next earnings call (January 24) before revealing sales figures for Windows 8 or Surface. In the meantime, you can read our impression of Windows RT in our review of of the Vivo Tab RT from Asus.