Surface RT rumored for Japan launch; 128 GB Surface Pro still hard to find

Sales of Microsoft's Surface RT tablet started in late October, with the Windows RT tablet going on sale in the US, Canada, China. the UK, France, Germany, Hong Kong and Australia. Earlier in February, sales of the tablet officially expanded to 13 more European countries.

Now there's a new report that claims the Surface RT could be sold in yet another Asian territory. Marketwatch.com reports that, according to a story from Japan's Nikkei news service, the Surface RT could be sold in that country as early as March. No other details about the Japan launch were revealed, including price points for the tablet.

Microsoft has still not commented on how many of the Surface RT tablet have been sold since the launch a few months ago. Analysts have varied widely about their own sales estimates, with some saying the tablet has sold 1 million units, while others believe it has sold well below that number.

Microsoft launched the Surface Pro tablet, with Windows 8 Pro inside, earlier this month. So far, sales of that tablet have been limited to just the US and Canada and Microsoft has not given any information on when sales of that product will expand to other countries. After briefly labled as being for sale again on the US Microsoft Store website earlier this weekend, the 128 GB version of the Surface Pro is now showing as "out of stock" once again.

Source: Marketwatch | Image via Microsoft

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Seeing as they've kept expanding the markets that sell the surface rt and the pro as well in time I'd say they're selling them at a good rate. We might find out at some point in the future how many they've sold but if it wasn't selling well I'd see no reason to expand it's market.

"128GB Surface Pro still hard to find" <<<--- That's a bit funny to me this morning because I just saw someone put that very item on craigslist in my area for $1100 not even 2 hours ago. I'll never understand why people spend that kind of money on a product only to decide "Oh, I don't like this" so soon afterwards.

If it's $999 retail, and after adding in taxes (say 7-9%) that's almost $1100 right there, so... since the person is asking $1100 for it used, they're not going to be making any profit on it unless they got it at a huge discount or completely free which is always a possibility.

Your anecdotal evidence completely invalidates the supply shortages? The simple fact is that you can't buy one even if you wanted one. And if you do manage to buy it, it won't be delivered for a couple weeks. Not a single Best Buy for a few hundred miles from me has a 128GB Surface Pro in stock.

And if that's the case... if they aren't looking to make a profit... then why don't they just return the item to the store for a complete refund? And if they purchased it online, they probably didn't pay tax.

Ooh, be interesting to see how much the Pro goes for in Japan, though, it has to be be said, my interest in the product has declined somewhat.

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