Crash and burn: Windows RT tablet sales in 2012 likely to total less than one million units

“There have been about two million Windows RT tablets shipped globally, fewer than the 4-4.5 million units originally expected to be shipped as of the end of 2012, and actual sales so far are likely to be less than one million units, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers,” Monica Chen and Adam Hwang report for DigiTimes.

“Since Microsoft announced Surface in mid-2012, some partners gave up plans to develop Windows RT tablets, resulting in the launch of Surface RT and only [a few] other Windows RT tablets,” Chen and Hwang report. “Sales of all other Windows RT tablets are estimated at about 4000,000 units, short of original expectations, the sources indicated.”

Chen and Hwang report, “Prices for Surface RT are likely to be lowered to clear inventories, the sources noted. Microsoft has offered incentives to invite vendors launching Windows RT tablets to participate in development of second-generation Windows RT models, but these vendors have so far been unwilling to do so, the sources said.”

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    1. LOL – didn’t CNET or some other faux tch site publish an article a couple weeks back on how iOS devices are “not cool” and all the “cool kids” are buying MS Surface? Of course we knew exactly what it was – FUD pointed in AAPL’s direction. Those commercials spelled the last nail (or lightbulb) in Festers coffin. CLICK!

  1. The real fun will begin if and when the pro version is released. The MS fanboys have been touting this as the iPad killer. Why? Because it has a full fledge OS that they can use to do “real work.”

    I really wonder how many MS tablet (transformable to a laptop) lovers there are left? I have to believe most already have jumped to Android in order to maintain their anti-Apple status.

    While they will sell more than they did with the RT, the real test will be how many are seen in the wild…and still in use a year later.

    1. Except that 99-99.9% of all iPad and tablet users aren’t looking to do “real work” especially on a klunktastic OS $$$$ tablet with cracking keyboard 2X the price of a better PC laptop (if anything in the way of a PC can be construed as “better”).

    2. Those needing to do “real work” will simply retreat to their dismal post-it-plastered cubicle with the sagging shelf of dog-eared manuals and SOP binders, the Dell box doubling as a space heater, the grimy keyboard, the gummy mouse and the worn-out stress ball.

    1. There’s an app for that!

      No need to dump your iPad, folks! Just download the free iPad/iPhone app “Beeps and Clicks Sounds” from Smart Wire LLC. Now we’re way cool!

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