Seattle Microsoft Store quickly sells out of new 128 GB Surface Pro shipment

How hard is it to get a 128 GB Surface Pro tablet at the moment? Very, very hard. This weekend we called quite a few Microsoft Store retail locations in the US to ask when they might get a new shipment of the more expensive version of the Windows 8 Pro tablets. All the stores we talked to said they might get a shipment in later this week, with some saying it might happen Tuesday or Wednesday.

As it turns out, at least one Microsoft Store got a shipment of the 128 GB tablet in today. The lucky store was the Seattle location, according to GeekWire.com. We called the Seattle store and was told that the location received 50 of the $999 tablets in its shipment.

That's the good news. The bad news is that there was a big line that formed outside the store this morning full of people wanting to get their hands on the 128 GB version. The Microsoft Store employee told Neowin that their shipment amount sold out in less than an hour and that a number of people in line were not lucky enough to get one.

The employee told us that there might be another shipment of the tablets coming into the store on Friday ... maybe. Meanwhile, a quick call to several other Microsoft Stores across the nation revealed they did not get a shipment of the tablets in today but they might still get one later this week.

Add all of this up, and the result is that Microsoft can't ship enough of the 128 Surface Pro tablet to meet demand at the moment, and its not yet clear when things will stabliize.

Source: GeekWire.com | Image via Microsoft

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DarkNet,

Please give it up. We get it, you don't like MS, the Surface Pro and it's battery life.
We understand that.

So understand that other people do like the Surface PRo, despite it's battery flaws. Better?

My workplace purchased a 128GB for me. I have to say the speed and clarity of display have blown me away. I also popped in a 64GB MicroSD card and I've installed and ran apps from it with ease. Yeah, it gets warm and battery life is fair but it is an amazing device.

DarkNet said,
4 hour battery life is fair? Really? Your standards are set too low.

if you don't have the brightness cranked all the way,and you're not playing video, you'll get close to 6 hours of usage. check anandtech for their tests.

that's way more than enough juice for probably most people. And its rumored theres going to be an extended battery. remember,this is a core i5 devices,which is close to 10x faster than any ARM tablet on the market today.

4 hour battery life is fair? Really? Your standards are set too low.

Where do people get this 4 hour from? Benchmarks?

You do realize those benchmarks are calculated by having a HD video on constant loop till the battery dies right? 4 hours of doing that with an i5 is good.

My Surface Pro arrived last Friday and it rocks. I'm impressed all around, and I honestly don't have anything negative to share. I've only charged it to 100% on the first day, and I haven't charged it since... granted, I do have other computers (desktops, laptop, tablets) so I don't use the Surface exclusively, but it's actually quite the useful device and I can see myself glued to it beyond the 30-day wow-factor period.

It's definitely more portable than a 5-7 lb laptop, has HD display and touch display, and makes Win8 shine.

DarkNet said,
4 hour battery life is fair? Really? Your standards are set too low.

You do understand that the i5 is an 17W powerhouse for an tablet right?

Microsoft should go with Hondo for obvious reasons, longer battery life, more powerful IGP and hell of a lot cheaper.

Silly me. Every single review says the battery life is disappointing. I guess they are all wrong and I should only listen to you guys.

So I guess by that logic, if they say the iPad, Nexus 7 or MacBook Air get "X" amount of battery life I should really add "Y" amount because that's what you say, right? It works every way after all. Not just in favor of the products you "approve" of.

So aren't I better off with a MacBook Air if I was interested in a Surface Pro? Aren't I better off with an iPad if I was interested in a Surface RT? The battery life is much better based on "your" analysis.

Let me guess what comes next, "I've owned [insert name of competitors product] and it was horrible. I got less than advertised battery life and hardware is [insert favorite insult that NeoWin won't delete]."

DarkNet said,
Silly me. Every single review says the battery life is disappointing. I guess they are all wrong and I should only listen to you guys.

Different people, different needs, different (hybrid) tablets, different battery life.

Different enough for you?

DarkNet said,
Silly me. Every single review says the battery life is disappointing. I guess they are all wrong and I should only listen to you guys.

So I guess by that logic, if they say the iPad, Nexus 7 or MacBook Air get "X" amount of battery life I should really add "Y" amount because that's what you say, right? It works every way after all. Not just in favor of the products you "approve" of.

So aren't I better off with a MacBook Air if I was interested in a Surface Pro? Aren't I better off with an iPad if I was interested in a Surface RT? The battery life is much better based on "your" analysis.

Let me guess what comes next, "I've owned [insert name of competitors product] and it was horrible. I got less than advertised battery life and hardware is [insert favorite insult that NeoWin won't delete]."

Of course the iPad and Nexus tablets get more battery life, I won't even deny it since they both run on ARM SoC which are low powered chips compared to the i5 in the Pro. But I guess you would also like to argue about that.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

Of course the iPad and Nexus tablets get more battery life, I won't even deny it since they both run on ARM SoC which are low powered chips compared to the i5 in the Pro. But I guess you would also like to argue about that.

If you bothered to read my comparison Surface RT to iPad and Surface Pro to MacBook Air, you would know where I was going with the Nexus 7 as well. Thanks for reading parts of my argument and switching it around so you can sound right.

But I guess you would also like to argue about that .

You're comparison of the Surface Pro to the MacBook Air is flawed, like all other people who do this.
The Surface Pro isn't the same animal as the MB Air, as the latter has no touchscreen and/or a digitizer. This also will 'eat away' in battery consumption btw.

Surface RT vs iPad vs Android... Sure, but battery life is more or less the same with all these.

The Atom W8 (RT) tablets are even on par with iPad or Android tablets regarding battery life. The Lenovo TPT2 gets around 8-9 hours with a full W8 install. Not bad for a W8 tablet.

But again, you'll need to buy a tablet/pc/laptop/hybrid based on your needs, and everybody's needs are different.

So aren't I better off with a MacBook Air if I was interested in a Surface Pro?

The macbook pro 11in gets 5 hours battery life. And that's maximum battery life, not oh look I'm going to watch a HD video on repeat for 5 hours which will kill the battery even faster.

Aren't I better off with an iPad if I was interested in a Surface RT?

Surface RT gets 9hr36mins of battery life, and the iPad 3 gets 9hr52mins (or 37mins if you use LTE). The Nexus 7 gets 9hr42mins. Hardly different at all.

So once again you're wrong.

-Razorfold said,

The macbook pro 11in gets 5 hours battery life. And that's maximum battery life, not oh look I'm going to watch a HD video on repeat for 5 hours which will kill the battery even faster.


Surface RT gets 9hr36mins of battery life, and the iPad 3 gets 9hr52mins (or 37mins if you use LTE). The Nexus 7 gets 9hr42mins. Hardly different at all.

So once again you're wrong.

Actually if you read carefully I never said 11 inch or 13 inch. But I did say spend a little more to get a better product and 7 hours battery life. Which one fits that? Oh it's the 13-inch. Guess you are wrong. You made an assumption that I was talking about the 11-inch. Your mistake not mine.

Dutchie64 said,
You're comparison of the Surface Pro to the MacBook Air is flawed, like all other people who do this.
The Surface Pro isn't the same animal as the MB Air, as the latter has no touchscreen and/or a digitizer. This also will 'eat away' in battery consumption btw.

So are you saying there is no competitor to the Surface Pro? Or are you saying the Surface Pro is an expensive tablet? You are basically saying that the Surface Pro is nowhere near being a competitor to the MacBook Air just because the MacBook Air isn't "Touch". Kind of silly don't you think considering the specs and capabilities of both are the same. Both have an App Store, both run "legacy" software. How very interesting that "Touch" would be your distinguishing feature. I guess that's how a person who is a fan of one company can make the comparison vs a person who has no devotion to either company sees things.

Actually if you read carefully I never said 11 inch or 13 inch. But I did say spend a little more to get a better product and 7 hours battery life. Which one fits that? Oh it's the 13-inch. Guess you are wrong. You made an assumption that I was talking about the 11-inch. Your mistake not mine.

So you're comparing a 13" laptop to a 10" tablet and then talking about mistakes? Obviously the 13" one would have a larger battery life (7 hours) because wait for it...the laptop is bigger so there's more space to put in a larger battery.

Time for me to start doing useless comparisons too. Oh my 17" laptop gets better battery life than my desktop. Clearly my desktop is completely and utterly useless.

Oh and btw, you never said ANYTHING about spend a little more and get 7 hours. Maybe you should read your own posts first.

"So aren't I better off with a MacBook Air if I was interested in a Surface Pro? Aren't I better off with an iPad if I was interested in a Surface RT?"

Battery life is only one factor. If it is the ONLY factor then you need to compare MacBook Air to an ultrabook. What they tried to achieve with Surface PRO is to combine the tablet experience and the laptop power so that you do not have to carry two devices. With Surface RT, they tried to make a tablet an authoring device as well (with the help of multi-purpose detachable keyboard and the integrated kickstand). In order to achieve their objective, they have made some compromises but you have the choice to choose based on your needs.

Microsoft should be ashamed...
50 units ?! really ?!
its an improvement on the 2-5 units on launch, but talk about not seizing the excitement that some users have for an ultrabook with 4h battery, specially with haswell around the corner !

Ahmed Alrasheed said,
Microsoft should be ashamed...
50 units ?! really ?!
its an improvement on the 2-5 units on launch, but talk about not seizing the excitement that some users have for an ultrabook with 4h battery, specially with haswell around the corner !
Ultrabook with a full fledged core i5. Sure.

Perhaps they didn't think they would sell! Having worked as a product manager, you do your homework and then forecast for the factory the build plan. The PMs decide the volume (yield permitting) of the factory, so perhaps Microsoft themselves where very cautions in the build.

The other explanation could be that the yields are not great or that it takes an inordinate amount of time to build these units?

I think there was a shortage of touchscreen displays. Production is starting to get back to normal this month. Other manufacturers are also affected.

red hook said,
I don't understand! why are MS stores only getting 50 at a time? They have had ample time to ramp up supplies.

Unlike with the RT they are also shipping units out to other shops too, who really knows how many best buy gets for it's stores, and they do have lots of best buys compared to the 30 or so MS stores.

Just in case they don't sell well.

Apple stores do the same thing. I remember when asking about the iPad 2. The store told me "we sold out of the 20 or so we received - more stock coming in two weeks". Great job Apple Australia. I guess they were basing their estimates against sales of the Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh in the 90s.

If a few tens of thousands are sold within the first week, then Microsoft may consider delivering more to stores.

Resellers don't want stock sitting on shelves for months too. But the Surface Pro has so much more potential than an iPad. I think it will be a success. I would love to get my hands on one.

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Ugh Microsoft could be making a significant amount of money. If I had to wait like this and keep missing it, Then waiting again next Friday, I would eventually give up. Oh well I love my Surface RT!