When it was released in mid-2015, the Microsoft Surface 3 was seemed by many as an affordable version of Surface Pro 3. That being said, the tablet is still able to hold its own according to our experience with it even though Surface 3 might be running on just Intel Atom processor – as long as the tasks are mainly about productivity and entertainment.
As it turns out, Microsoft apparently will stop manufacturing Surface 3 by the end of December 2016 according to the statement that it has provided to Thurrott.com:
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.
It is not known at the moment if the inventory shortage applies to markets outside of United States or otherwise but a quick check at Microsoft Malaysia’s online store on Lazada Malaysia showed that both 64GB and 128GB variants of Surface 3 are still available for purchase. Given its status as a premium device, it will most likely continue to be available at least for the next few months.
Meanwhile, there is no sure sign that Microsoft is working on the successor for Surface 3. Then again, it might be too early to get it out of the picture just yet given how Surface 3 itself was launched 10 months after Surface Pro 3.