Microsoft Surface Supply Chain Suppliers Talks Of Smaller Tablet

Posted May 18, 2013

There are new reports that Microsoft Corporation is preparing to launch an 8-inch version of the Microsoft Surface tablet.  According to DigiTimes, a Taiwan-based supply chain reported that Microsoft will be showcasing an 8-inch Surface tablet in June.  Another 10-inch version of the tablet is also expected to arrive in Q3.

Microsoft is working with multiple suppliers of the 8-inch Surface tablet.  The touch panels will be supplied by Samsung.  The processors are being manufactured by NVIDIA.  ODM Pegatron is reportedly handling the production of the device.

Microsoft is expecting initial monthly shipments of the two devices to hit one million units, which means that the company is more optimistic about the sales performance of the new tablets than of the existing models.

These rumors are consistent with a recent update made to the Windows 8 hardware certifications guidelines.  The update to the hardware certification guidelines will make it possible for Microsoft to build devices with a 1,024 x 768 resolution at 32 bits for all Windows 8 machines.

Reports of a small Surface are happening at a time that the new Microsoft Surface Pro is expected to go on sales in 23 more countries.  The Microsoft Pro went for sales in France on Friday and it will arrive in the U.K. on May 23rd.  By May 30, the Surface Pro will arrive in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, and Switzerland. Microsoft is also expected to launch the Surface Pro in Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong by the end of the month.