Things are not turning out how Microsoft expected them to be this year, but the Redmond based company might feel a bit better to learn that its Surface line of tablets did outsell Google’s Nexus 10 tablet. This means that the future for Windows 8 in the tablet arena is not bleak, but it’s still quite early.
According to a report via Benedict Evans’ personal blog, more than 680,000 Nexus tablets have been sold to date. Although, you should keep this in mind that this information is not official and he could be quite off the mark. So, take the information with a grain of salt until Google officially shows the real sales numbers for the device.
Now, let’s compare these reportedly tiny sales numbers to Microsoft’s whopping 1.5 million sold units of Surface Pro and Surface RT tablets since launch. These numbers for Microsoft’s tablets came from a solid source. Bloomberg and many other sources have also reported nearly identical numbers, so there could definitely be some truth in this report.
Even though these numbers are pretty exciting for any Microsoft fans out there, they fail when compared to Apple’s iPad 4th Gen’s 23 million sold tablets. Although, that’s definitely because no other tablet on the market has the same popularity as the iPad. However, Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD series have emerged as serious contenders for Apple’s line of tablets.
Despite the fact that Microsoft has sold more tablets than Google, everything is not “great” for the company. In fact, Microsoft still remains in the same position. The numbers hardly matter here as Google is not starting out in the tablet market with the Nexus 10, because the Nexus 7 has already gained huge popularity. Microsoft on the other hand needs as much success as they can get with their Surface tablets to make its Windows 8 successful.
Microsoft Surface Mini?
Microsoft is also looking to release another Windows 8 device with a smaller form factor and cheaper price tag to rival the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini.
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