The UK's leading electricals and computing retail group, Dixons Carphone, has moved two of the three Surface 3 models that it offers to its 'clearance' stock, and is offering discounts on its remaining units.
Currys and PC World - the two retailers in the Dixons Carphone group that offer Microsoft's Surface 3 - both cut £70 off the Wi-Fi versions of the device (but not the 128GB 4G LTE model that they each sell), which are now listed in the clearance section of their respective sites, joining the last-generation Surface Pro 3 there.
The discounts bring the 64GB Wi-Fi model with 2GB of RAM down from £419 to just under £349 (a 17% reduction); the 128GB / 4GB RAM version is now £429, down from £499 (14% off).
It appears that the two retailers actually moved these models to their clearance stock over a month ago, on April 28th, but that change doesn't appear to have been widely reported. On the same day, the Microsoft Store also cut £70 off the 64GB Wi-Fi model, and almost £50 off the 128GB variant.
Microsoft's discounts are listed as a 'limited time offer' that is scheduled to end on June 16. But neither Currys nor PC World list temporary discounts on devices as 'clearance' stock, unless those devices are being phased out, or have already been replaced by newer models. It's also worth bearing in mind that Microsoft UK routinely describes discounts on devices that will be imminently replaced or phased out completely as temporary offers.
Microsoft announced the Surface 3 over a year ago, so it certainly seems possible that the company and its retail partners are now preparing for the release of its successor. In another 'limited time offer', running for a total of more than two months, Microsoft UK is also offering the Surface 3 Docking Station with 40% off its previous price, further fueling suspicions that the current version of the tablet is nearing the end of its retail life.