AdDuplex: Surface RT still the most popular Windows 8/RT product

For the past few months, the online ad company AdDuplex has posted up data gathered from their network that showed how many Windows 8 and Windows RT products were out in the world, along with which ones were the most popular. The last such update in January showed the Surface RT tablet from Microsoft was by far the most popular single Windows 8/RT PC.

This week, AdDuplex posted up its February 2013 numbers, and the latest stats still show the Surface RT as the most popular device that's using Microsoft's latest OS, with a market share of 6.8 percent. The data was taken from AdDuplex's network on February 15th. And what about the Surface Pro, which launched a few days earlier? Despite the reports of sellouts of the Windows 8 Pro tablet, AdDuplex said that the Surface Pro was only the 52nd most popular Windows 8/RT product in their ad network.

HP still has by far the biggest overall market share of Windows 8 devices at 24 percent, and Asus and Dell are still tied for second place with 10 percent each. Acer is third with nine percent and Toshiba is fourth with eight percent and Microsoft is fifth with seven percent. Levono, Samsung, Sony and Gateway are next and all the other PC OEMs represent 13 percent of over 7,000 Windows 8/RT devices worldwide.

Source: AdDupulex | Image via AdDuplex

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Came across Atom processor Win8 tablets and thought they were RT's. When realizing they were full blown PC's and i can get 9 hours of battery life, I think its time to ditch android. ARM cannot compete with decades of consumer driven competitive evolution like that found in x86 chips, not to mention i can put linux on one of these

I am confused: isn't the article about devices running W8? Besides it is obvious that the Pro is behind, it was just launched and there are severe shortages for the 128 GB model, the one that seems to be the most requested one. I would wait at least three months before making any assumption.

why of course, 10 > 5.
Silly Neowin, how many people did you expect would buy this junk for $1,000.
MBA or an Ultrabook would give you a better experience for the same/lower price. This "tablet" weighs 2 pounds also...

Edited by onionjuice, Feb 21 2013, 3:42pm :

onionjuice said,
why of course, 10 > 5.
Silly Neowin, how many people did you expect would buy this junk for $1,000.
MBA or an Ultrabook would give you a better experience for the same/lower price. This "tablet" weighs 2 pounds also...

It's less than $1,000 for the Surface RT, and more for the full Surface Pro package.

Regarding the Surface Pro, "Better experience" depends on what one wants out of it. If it's battery life or typing, there's better "experiences" for the same/lower price than the MBA or a typical Ultrabook too.

But if one wants a tablet that can run pretty much everything, comparable battery life (compared to the similar 11" MBA), and comes with touch plus decent pen capability, then the Surface Pro is very good.

Show me another tablet that has the same specs as the Surface Pro that weights less than 2 pounds. BTW.. the Surface Pro combines the laptop and tablet into 1 device. I am using it right now, and I'll gladly carry 2 pounds instead of a 3 pound laptop and a 1.5 pound iPad

Kyang said,

It's less than $1,000 for the Surface RT, and more for the full Surface Pro package.

Regarding the Surface Pro, "Better experience" depends on what one wants out of it. If it's battery life or typing, there's better "experiences" for the same/lower price than the MBA or a typical Ultrabook too.

But if one wants a tablet that can run pretty much everything, comparable battery life (compared to the similar 11" MBA), and comes with touch plus decent pen capability, then the Surface Pro is very good.

What's the point of a tablet if it's just as big as the computers its replacing.

vhaakmat said,
Show me another tablet that has the same specs as the Surface Pro that weights less than 2 pounds. BTW.. the Surface Pro combines the laptop and tablet into 1 device. I am using it right now, and I'll gladly carry 2 pounds instead of a 3 pound laptop and a 1.5 pound iPad

Specs are not what matter here. It's the user experience. Isn't that what you people cry about Android vs WP? It weighs too much to be an average tablet. Consumers will not buy it.

onionjuice said,

What's the point of a tablet if it's just as big as the computers its replacing.

It isn't as big. But say it were, the answer is in your question I think. The computers it would be replacing are not tablets. This is a device that can be a tablet with the same capabilities as those computers it's replacing, plus the extra capability that being a tablet implies.

onionjuice said,

What's the point of a tablet if it's just as big as the computers its replacing.

A Tablet PC allows you to do everything you were able to do plus, for example, using it as a notepad and handwriting on it.
Obviously personal preferences and needs are subjective but these were the main reasons why I replaced my laptop with a Convertible Tablet in 2002 and been a happy camper since then.

Fritzly said,

A Tablet PC allows you to do everything you were able to do plus, for example, using it as a notepad and handwriting on it.
Obviously personal preferences and needs are subjective but these were the main reasons why I replaced my laptop with a Convertible Tablet in 2002 and been a happy camper since then.


Most ultrabooks now have the same capability..

onionjuice said,

Most ultrabooks now have the same capability..

How? Do they have handwriting capabilities and swiveling screens to turn into electronic notepads?

Fritzly said,

How? Do they have handwriting capabilities and swiveling screens to turn into electronic notepads?

You can write with a stylus on many ultrabooks they specifically come with that feature supported.

Poor distribution and lack of urgency with the Surface Pro probably caused those figures. Many people who still want them haven't got a hold of them unfortunately.

drazgoosh said,
Poor distribution and lack of urgency with the Surface Pro probably caused those figures. Many people who still want them haven't got a hold of them unfortunately.

I don't think they ever planned to take the market by storm with the surface line but to show off a good design to oems etc. With the pro costing so much they probably though demand would be less.

drazgoosh said,
Poor distribution and lack of urgency with the Surface Pro probably caused those figures. Many people who still want them haven't got a hold of them unfortunately.

A Windows 8 device would also be underrepresented, vs. a Windows RT device.

On a Windows RT device, you basically have to start exploring and installing Metro applications. You're much more likely to hit one of the apps that uses AdDuplex, and get counted in the numbers.

On a Windows 8 device, you can install any desktop applications you want. If you install Metro apps, they're more likely to be ones from larger companies -- which would not use AdDuplex.