Microsoft will sell Surface Pro 2, but most models are "out of stock" on its site

Microsoft's announcement of the 12 inch Surface Pro 3 earlier today has already made some people question if the company will continue to offer the older, and smaller, Surface Pro 2. A spokesperson at Microsoft has told TechCrunch that the Surface Pro 2 will still be sold by the company, at least in the near term.

The full statement from the company said, "Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 remain great options and will stay in market at this time.” While it's not a shock that the cheaper Surface 2, running on Windows RT, will remain on sale, the fact is that many people will have yet to purchase the Surface Pro 2 might wait to get the new Pro 3 version.

However, Microsoft's spokesperson did not reply to TechCrunch's question on whether or not the Surface Pro 2 will be getting a price cut. At the moment, the cheapest version of the tablet, with its 64GB SSD and its Intel Core i5 processor, is priced at $899, which is $100 more than the $799 version of the Surface Pro 3 with 64GB of storage and an Intel Core i3 processor.

As we reported earlier, pre-orders for some models of the Surface Pro 3 begin at 12:01 am Eastern time on the Microsoft Store website. Interestingly, the same site shows all but one of the Surface Pro 2 models as "out of stock" with the exception being the 512GB model that's priced at $1,799.

Source: TechCrunch | Image via Microsoft

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Hard to say if they do another Pro at 10" with how they named this new 12" model the Pro 3 and not something else. So what would they name a future 10" Pro? Pro 4? I don't think that type of naming would work. This could strongly indicate that they're not going to do another 10" Pro device unless they do and it's given a different name, like Surface 3 (ARM which everyone expects), and then like Surface 3 *something* which would be for the x86 version.

I dunno, you could call them both Surface Pro 4, available in both 10.6" and 12" screen sizes. You simply purchase the one with the screen size you want.

Ideas Man said,
I dunno, you could call them both Surface Pro 4, available in both 10.6" and 12" screen sizes. You simply purchase the one with the screen size you want.

You could do that as well, it's an option as well. We'll see how it goes in the future.

Will they really? I mean, try to find the Pro 2's specs on the Surface.com site. I suspect they'll just sell out their existing stock and that's it. I think that's a mistake myself, as I actually prefer the smaller screen size.

At the moment, the cheapest version of the tablet, with its 64GB SSD and its Intel Core i5 processor, is priced at $899, which is $100 less than the $799 version of the Surface Pro 3 with 64GB of storage and an Intel Core i3 processor.

I believe there to be a mathematical error in this statement.

The error of course is that $899 is more expensive then the $799 price point of the Surface Pro 3

Cosmocronos said,
Surface 3 I5 and I7 availability..... August 31st? Way to go....

They said, by the end of August, it'll be on sale in all the listed markets they named. That means it'll be a rollout starting June 20th and ending 31st August. A number of countries will get it in July for example.

Interesting, so are we still expecting to see a 10" version of Surface and Surface Pro released come October or have MS essentially said that 10" doesn't work for this tablet/laptop and the Pro is now only a 12" device

Osiris said,
Interesting, so are we still expecting to see a 10" version of Surface and Surface Pro released come October or have MS essentially said that 10" doesn't work for this tablet/laptop and the Pro is now only a 12" device


MS doesn't need to cater to every size. It was never MS purpose either. They have OEMs to take care of the rest.

Didn't say they had to, was asking the question of whats happening with the pro. I hadn't previously though the 10" model was being removed but theres probably not the market at this stage for MS to produce both.

Osiris said,
Interesting, so are we still expecting to see a 10" version of Surface and Surface Pro released come October or have MS essentially said that 10" doesn't work for this tablet/laptop and the Pro is now only a 12" device

It could be that the Pro is now the 12" model and the ARM Surface is the only 10" model they do going forward. And toss in a mini, which I still expect them to do, at 8".

These are still in stock at many stores. "Not in Stock" is a way to promote the new Surface. They need to drop the price on the Surface Pro 2 to $499 or they will sit on shelves.