Having unveiled its new tablet Microsoft started taking pre-orders for the Surface Pro 3 on May 21st. At that time the company said that both i5 processor touting models with 128GB and 256GB of onboard storage will ship on June 20th. As the date approaches the company’s online store now mentions that the i5 128GB model has been delayed. Those who had been able to get their pre-orders in early may receive their units but if you were thinking of pre-ordering that particular model today then your luck may vary.
Though fortunately the delay isn’t that long and it may not have been caused by a problem that may have dragged on for a long time. Any orders placed for the i5 128GB model right now will be delivered by June 30th as per the Microsoft Store.
Those who were thinking to pick up a unit on June 20th may now have to make do with the i5 256GB model. With it they get a 12-inch 2160 x 1440 pixel resolution display, stereo speakers, a full size USB 3.0 port, a 5 megapixel camera on the front and back as well as a microSD card. Microsoft says that the tablet’s battery is good for nine hours of web browsing.
Powered by Windows 8.1 Pro, Microsoft says that its new tablet is going to make customers ditch their laptops. You can check our detailed Surface Pro 3 review to see what we think about this ambitious claim.
Microsoft has since contacted us with the following statement
The customer response to Surface Pro 3 during the pre-order period has been great to see. New pre-orders of the 128GB Intel® Core™ i5 SKU of Surface Pro 3 through MicrosoftStore.com will ship to customers in the U.S. and Canada by June 30.
Customers who already pre-ordered this SKU and received an email notification of a June 20 ship date will still receive their orders on June 20. Additionally, customers can still purchase Surface Pro 3 in-person and online at a Surface retail partner on June 20 as inventory allows. Commercial customers should continue to speak with their authorized Surface reseller. Customers who have questions are welcome to contact our customer support team at http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/support/