As you may know, Microsoft is planning on shipping two models of the massive Surface Hub: a 55-inch version for $7,000 USD and an 84-inch model for almost $20,000 USD. They have been taking pre-orders for a few days (since July 1) now and were planning on shipping units on September 1st.
Unfortunately, they recently ran into a few hurdles in the manufacturing process and, as a result, Microsoft now says it won’t be able to ship them when they initially thought they could.
“We will not start shipping on September 1 now,” said Brian Hall, Microsoft’s Surface boss, in a post on the Surface Blog. “We’ll have more details on our updated shipment schedule in early August. In the meantime, we will continue to take pre-orders.”
Surface Hub Delayed: What Happened?
So, what’s the reason for the delay? Well, according to Hall, it’s because the Surface Hub is just too popular with customers.
Microsoft is manufacturing the super-tablets in a plant near Portland, Oregon. Because of the large number of pre-orders it has received, Hall said Microsoft will need to rethink its manufacturing processes to produce more devices.
There were no specifics in the post about which phase of the manufacturing process is causing the hold-up but more details may come to light as they take steps to correct whatever problem they are having.
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