updated 04:17 pm EDT, Sat October 19, 2013
Surface 2 hits UK retail ahead of launch date
Microsoft's Windows RT-powered Surface 2 tablet hasn't hit its official release date, but that didn't stop at least one British retailer from selling the device. One reader in the UK told The Verge that he was able to purchase a 32GB Surface 2 model from his local Argos location. Following up, The Verge was also able to purchase its own unit at an Argos store.
The stores do not appear to have been selling the Type Cover and Touch Cover keyboard attachments. Also, the Surface Pro 2 was not on sale either. Only 32GB and 64GB Surface 2 models broke their street release date.
Argos has since issued a statement saying that the early release was in fact a mistake. The retailer said that it fully [complies] with embargoes issued by our suppliers and [has] withdrawn the Microsoft Surface 2 from sale." Further, the company says it is working with Microsoft to investigate the error.
Revealed in late September, the Surface 2 is Microsoft's second attempt at generating interest in its struggling Windows RT platform. Windows RT was meant to give Microsoft a foothold in the mobile devices market, but instead the ARM-compatible Windows build has seen low consumer interest and diminishing support from manufacturers. The Surface 2 is the follow-up to the Surface RT, which failed spectacularly over the past year, causing Microsoft to write down nearly $1 billion in unsold inventory.