We reported today that Microsoft is winding down Band 2 stock in preparation for the Microsoft Band 3 later in the year. Another product seeing its stock limited until it runs out is the Surface 3, but Redmond's motives are different in this case as the company will end production of the device by the end of the year.
Microsoft confirmed it will stop making the Surface 3 by the close of 2016, so does that mean a Surface 4 is imminent? It is actually unlikely as an improved standard Surface would impair the value of the Surface Pro 4, making it difficult for consumers to differentiate the two.
Thurrott sported that stock was dwindling on the tablet before Microsoft confirmed to the outlet that indeed the Surface 3 is nearing the end of its life:
“Since launching Surface 3 over a year ago, we have seen strong demand and satisfaction amongst our customers. Inventory is now limited and by the end of December 2016, we will no longer manufacture Surface 3 devices.”
The outgoing device is the watered down version of the Surface Pro 4. Whereas the Pro 4 is a fully fledged hybrid laptop, the Surface 3 is very much a standard Windows 10 tablet, albeit a very good one. Until production ends at the end of the year, customers can still pick up the 64GB variant with Wi-Fi/LTE connectivity.
Yes, the 128GB variant is no longer available. The two remaining versions are discounted too, with the 64GB Wi-Fi available for $399 (previously $499) and the 64GB LTE now yours for $499, down from $599. However, heading to the end of the year, don't be surprised if the price of the Surface 3 falls further and you can get yourself a real bargain.