We are fast approaching the time when Microsoft might launch some new Surface tablets. Word on the street is that the Surface 3 is being readied for release in the coming months.

Talking about the Windows RT powered model here, obviously.

The direct successor to the well-received Surface 2 that launched last year.

Redmond has launched an RT and Pro model in each generation of Surface slates. And the company seemingly wants to continue it this time around too. With the Surface Pro 3 launching earlier this year, it is now time for the Surface 3.

And as this report notes, the 64GB variant of the Surface 2 is no longer available on the Microsoft Store website. Which, by some counts, is an indication that the company is clearing out inventories to make room for the new model. Or models, what have you.

Nothing’s stopping the company from launching a 12-inch Surface 3, along with the standard 10-inch model that is widely (and vividly) expected.

Now normally, this thin an evidence is not enough to give a final verdict, but Microsoft sales staff apparently confirmed that new Surface 2 units might not be back in store:

“I do not know when the Surface 2 64 GB will be back in stock. In all honesty, I don’t believe those will be available again through our website. Microsoft is trying to sell out of those devices and focus on the new version of Surfaces.”

Bring them on!

While a declaration like this could potentially be an indication that the Surface Mini is back in business, it is probably a wild guess at the moment, unless we hear something solid on this front.

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  • Yorker

    I get why it’s time, but what’s the logic in releasing the SP3 before the S3? It makes it seem like the S3 is the lesser model and less new. I think that’s poor marketing.

    • Phil2

      Interesting point. It does seem a little backwards. I wonder what the thought process was behind the order of release here.

      • Black Eagle

        I agree with both of you. They should have released the mini regardless also. What about a 12 inch RT model? I’m not sure about that one.

        • WillyThePooh

          One reason I guess is they want the S3 to get a touch based Office. As S3 is competing with iPad, it is not really needed to have a 12″ model. But who knows what MS is thinking.

          • Paul Jefferson

            Could be it, but they shouldn’t name the 1dt product a pro and release the regular version after. It just seems kind of backwards.

          • WillyThePooh

            S3 and SP3 are basically 2 different products. They have different screen size. Different CPUs. Different OSs. Different display ports. S3 doesn’t have docking station. S3 will come with office but SP3 doesn’t. SP3 can install x86 programs but S3 won’t.

  • Black Eagle

    I’m looking forward to replace my Lumia 2520 with a Surface 3 with LTE.

  • Ray C

    I wouldn’t mind getting a S3. The SP3 is too rich for my blood, and I still don’t think I’m ready for the mini world