When Microsoft first unveiled the Surface tablet, we were impressed at how well built it was and subsequent reviews of the tablet have been generally positive. However according to a report by Digitimes, their sources have indicated to them that Microsoft has reduced the number of orders for the Surface RT tablet by half for the remainder of 2012. Microsoft had originally estimated that they would be shipping 4 million units, but have now reduced the order to 2 million units. Now it’s not because the Surface tablet is bad or anything as Digitimes’ sources have pointed out that other tablet manufacturers such as Samsung, ASUS and Dell are facing weak consumer demand.

That being said, it has been speculated that due to this weak consumer demand, Microsoft could be set to introduce the Surface Pro tablet running on an Intel chipset sometime in December. Microsoft is also rumored to reduce the price of the Surface Pro tablet in order to make it a more attractive purchase, although Digitimes notes that this could further strain relationships with Microsoft’s OEM partners who weren’t too happy with the release of the Surface tablet in the first place. In any case we’ll be taking this rumor with a grain of salt and suggest you do the same, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled nonetheless.

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