Supply Chain sources say they have already shipped components for 1.5m units

Microsoft expected to announce 2nd-gen Surface in June

Microsoft’s second-generation Surface tablets are expected to be unveiled at the company’s Build Developer Conference, reports DigiTimes.

According to sources from the ‘upstream supply chain’, after only achieving sales of 1.5 million units for its first-gen tablets, Microsoft is taking a cautious attitude over promotions for its second-gen models.

The supply chain sources told the publication that they have already shipped components for 1-1.5 million Intel-based units to Microsoft since the end of 2012.

The sources say the new Surface tablets will only feature 7- to 9-inch displays to meet the rising demand for smaller mobile devices. This is in keeping with rumours last month that Microsoft’s next tablet will be a 7-inch Surface, in a bid to compete with tablet market leaders such as Google’s Nexus 7 and Apple’s iPad mini.

Microsoft’s Build Developer Conference is hosted from June 26-28th at the Moscone Center, San Francisco.

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