Surface Sales May Surge to 1 Million Units in 2012

Paul Lilly

Microsoft's Surface RT tablet ended up on our controversial list of " Holiday Gifts to Avoid " because it lacks a x86 foundation (and therefore won't run all your fancy Windows 7 applications), is slow to load apps (initially), and is sitting behind a bare ecosystem. Surface Pro looks to be a better, albeit more expensive option when it launches in January 2013, but even so, Surface RT could rack up sales of more than a million units by the end of the year.

The folks at CNet spoke with IHS iSuppli analyst Rhoda Alexander on the phone, who said that her and her firm estimate 1.3 million Surface sales in Q4.

"I would be surprised to see it much above that," she added.

Surface RT has been on sale since October 26, so that Q4 sales estimates really boils down to just two months worth of movement. That's not bad, though there's some debate on how many units Microsoft will actually move. According to CNet , brokerage firm Detwiler Fenton stated in a research note that sales wold fall short of a million units.

It was also recently rumored that Microsoft slashed Surface RT orders with overseas suppliers in half after failing to generate the kind of sales figures it was anticipating.

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