Where to buy a Surface RTPosted on December 14th, 2012 at 00:01 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
Microsoft’s made good on its decision, announced Tuesday, to release the Surface RT to a wider array of retailers in the US, and added two retailing chains in Australia. In addition, one giant electronics retail chain in China, Suning.com, has been displaying and shipping the Surface RT since October 25, one day before it was released in the US.
Best Buy has been taking orders online for the past 24 hours, stating the units “Usually ships in 1-2 business days.” Best Buy stores are due to have the Surface RT in stock in all of their retail locations starting Sunday.
In Australia, Harvey Norman is also taking online orders, “usually ships within 2 days.” The tablet is supposed to be available for your perusal “from Friday in most locations.” Harvey Norman only ships to Australia.
Also in Australia, JB Hi-Fi has been officially announced as a distributor, but I haven’t been able to locate an ordering site, or verify details about retail availability.
The Chinese-language version of Surface RT continues to be available at some Suning branches in China and Hong Kong, as well as online. Suning has more than 700 franchised stores in more than 150 cities in China and Hong Kong; Microsoft has contracted with the company to offer the Surface RT in 500 or more retail stores, “dedicated areas in Suning’s retail stores to display and demonstrate Surface, with trained sales representatives to deliver a great experience for end-users of Surface.”
Microsoft will continue to peddle the Surfact RT in all of its Microsoft Stores and Pop-Up Stores: five in Canada; one in Puerto Rico; and 60 in the US.
If you can’t get to a Microsoft Store, and won’t be traveling to Australia or Hong Kong any time soon, you can order online from any of these sites:
Microsoft US order page
Microsoft Canada order page (in English)
Microsoft Australia order page
Microsoft UK order page
Microsoft France order page
Microsoft Germany order page
The lowest-priced Surface RT appeared as “Sold Out” briefly on Microsoft order sites shortly after MS started taking orders in October. Both of the more-expensive versions remained in stock, and the least expensive version came back in stock shortly afterwards. None of the sites mentioned above currently list any of the three versions of the Surface RT as sold out.
Sales figures remain a closely guarded secret.
UPDATE 16 Dec: The Surface RT is now available in France, at the retail chain FNAC.
UPDATE 17 Dec: Surface RT now available in UK, at John Lewis.