Rumor: Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 shipments delayed due to Intel Skylake shortages

During the October 6th Windows 10 Devices event, Microsoft introduced the Surface Book and the highly-anticipated Surface Pro 4. Both tablets offer top-of-the-line specifications with Intel Skylake processors and Windows 10 on board. Both machines have started arriving for customers as well and have received a good response so far.

However, according to a new report from Digitimes, citing their usual “supply chain sources”, there might be a delay in the shipments of the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book due to a shortage of the Intel’s Skylake processors. The source added that Microsoft Surface Book shipments are expected to surpass 100,000 units while the Surface Pro 4 is likely to cross 200,000 units in the first quarter.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

From the Digitimes report:

Microsoft’s Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 2-in-1 are expected to see weaker-than-expected shipments in the fourth quarter because of Intel Skylake processor shortages and some orders have been postponed to the first quarter of 2016, according to sources from the upstream supply chain, who added that device manufacturer Pegatron Technology has also seen related yield rates improving and should benefit the two products’ shipments.

Microsoft Surface Book is not a laptop for every user, but for those looking for a high-end Windows machines which can go head-to-head with the Macbook Pro line up. Despite the high price tag of both devices, orders of these devices are expected to stay strong in the coming months.

The Surface Book starts at $1,499 and offers users with a wide range of options to choose from, ranging from 6th generation Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage to 1TB of storage and 16GB of RAM which costs $3,199. The Surface Pro 4 is comparatively cheaper than the Surface Book, and starts at $899 for the Intel Core m3 processor.

If you’re on the fence and don’t know which one to get, check out our review of the Surface Book and the Surface Pro 4 to help you make up your mind.

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