This is how many Surface devices Microsoft sold in the past year

Microsoft sold over a million Surface Pro tablets in the first quarter of this year, closing the gap between sales of its Surface tablets and Apple's iPads.

Microsoft sold 1.1 million Surface Pro tablets in Q1 2016, generating a revenue of $950 million in the process.

As of now, the most popular Surface devices are the Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4, two impressive 2-in-1 tablets with detachable keyboards and lightweight frames. The impressive sales of these devices took place at a time when Microsoft is witnessing continuing decline in sales of Windows 10 PCs and laptops.

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Apart from Microsoft's Surface tablets, other table manufacturers shipped 12.3 million tablets worth $750 million, signalling that the tablet market is far from vanishing into obscurity. The sales figures were revealed by a Strategy Analysis report titled 'Global Tablet Vendor & OS, Unit & Value Market Share by Region: Q1 2016.'

With prices starting at £749 all inclusive, Microsoft's latest Surface pro 4 tablet brings in a 12.3-inch display with a resolution of 2736 x 1824p, choice of 6th Gen Intel m3, i5 and i7 processors, a USB 3.0 port, MicroSD card reader, a headset jack, a mini DisplayPort and a Cover Port like Surface Pro 3. The base storage in Surface Pro 4 is as mush as 128GB and the phone also features an 8MP front camera and a HD front camera.

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"Microsoft deserves credit for popularizing the pro slate category, typified by a premium tablet with PC-grade processing power, with an optional keyboard to further add to revenues and profit, Combined with the success of Windows 10, many more OEM partners are launching Surface clones at lower price points to get a share of this lucrative, growing segment," said Peter King, Service Director at Tablet & Touchscreen Strategies service to Beta News.

Another reason why sales of Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4 might have gained is because Microsoft has finally fixed a number of long-standing issues with the tablets, especially those related with battery and faulty power cords.

Microsoft is also expected to launch Surface Pro 5 tablet either later this year or by early next year. As per rumours, the new tablet may launch with a rechargeable Surface Pen and dock, the latest Intel Skylake processor named Kaby Lake and a USB Type-C port.

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