Microsoft eliminates all but one chassis vendor for the Surface tablet line

Microsoft eliminates all but one chassis vendor for the Surface tablet line
With buyers of the Microsoft Surface Tablet line not exactly knocking each other down in a race to the cash register, Microsoft has reduced the number of chassis suppliers for the tablet range to one. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, Microsoft stopped ordering the part from its Chinese-based suppliers last month. Instead, the manufacturer has started outsourcing all of its chassis orders to Ju Teng, a manufacturer located in Hong Kong.

Since the Surface is not a hot seller at the moment, Microsoft won't be able to save any money by spreading out orders for the chassis to multiple suppliers, and trying to negotiate a more favorable price amongst them. Sources say that Microsoft might try to reduce the number of suppliers for other Surface components to one.

Back in June, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 was launched. The slate is being marketed as a replacement for the laptop, able to handle any work related tasks, while also allowing users to play games, browse the internet and check their social networks. That makes the slab perfect for business executives and students alike. Just last week, Microsoft expanded the distribution of the Surface Pro 3 to 25 new markets.

source: DigiTimes

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1. Scott93274

Posts: 6031; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

More bad news from Microsoft... That's all you seem to hear these days.

2. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

too bad i was hoping i could get a intel broadwell surface in the future

4. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

And , what does this news has anything saying otherwise ?

10. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

so why cant you?


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

The problem is greed....the price is too high for that garbage. I am a MS fan too so you would be MS lovers pump the brakes. Why would any sane person buy what they sell over an ASUS note book, or better yet a full desk top. The slates have a good beginning but to sell them as high as a desk top is not going to fly with anyone that does not need mobility. Those that do need mobility will buy Android, or iPads that cost less. Yes MS has a full OS but lets get real it does not mean that people will pony up for that at the price of a fully loaded ASUS note book or a desk top. If they dropped the price they would fly, and make up ground....but they won't because they are foolish and greedy!

5. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

There's two valid sides to that. One is that is is a tablet, albeit a fully-capable one unlike an apple or android tab, and the keyboard is a full $100+ over the price of the tablet, and it needs to be priced lower to attract cross-shoppers, but not so low that it undercuts Microsoft's OEM partners. Then again, if they didn't price it at a slight premium, folks might not take them seriously, and Microsoft is used to pricing its hardware at a slight premium, e.g. their keyboards and mice and other peripherals are priced higher than just-as-capable Logitech and other brands' offerings, though do have a premium feel and lasting quality to them.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

I totally agree and that is all that I am saying is that the need to price it right to get traction. The garbage thing still stands, and since I build PC's, and I can tell you that the MOBO and memory will be junk. Unless Asus or a top tier MOBO maker is inside the guts will work but still be junk.....period. I love MS, but I am a realist as well!

15. ch0eb1t

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 26, 2014

You tend to favor Asus, implying it is a top tier mobo maker which is not junk. But you fail to give an argument on why SP3 mobo is junk while Asus is not. I myself, found that Asus and GB are the Apple of mobo. Overpriced with less feature than competitor

6. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Qwickstrike the surface Pro 3 is not a garbage device it is well built thin and shows that microsoft can make a thin Tablet but Surface Pro's are microsoft top of the line full windows 8.1 Tablets microsoft has to make 2 full windows tablets that sell in the 200 to 500 dollar price range if it wants to move products In the tablet market place. Microsoft does sell it's Windows RT tablets for under 500 which are the Surface 2 and the Lumia 2520 but unfortunately People are more interested in buying Windows 8.1 tablets that can run their old legacy programs. these 2 Rt tablets will probably get the Upgrade to the new Windows 9 mobile operating system next year that uses Universal apps that can be written to run on Windows smart phones and tablets. the RT OS will die in 2015 the new. windows 9 mobile OS will replace it.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

See above statement about garbage! I can't wait until Windows 9 beta drops I will be on board. Then I will build a new state of the art streaming/gaming PC using quality top tier parts Like Asus, Intel, WD or Seagate HD. Samsung SSD, or Intell SSD's works well too.

9. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The Windows 9 OS for Desktops and Windows mobile tablets will a pleasant departure from Windows 8/ 8.1. Rumors say it will automatically boot to the desktop if you do not have a touch screen Monitor and are using a mouse and keyboard, The start button will return. Windows modern UI apps will be able be on the desk in a small window and will have other Goodies that will make windows 8/ 8.1 look like a joke. a bad dream. Windows on ARMS CPU RT OS and the current Windows 8.1 smart phone OS will be replaced by Windows 9 Mobile OS It may have another name but the good thing is Windows smart phones and ARMS CPU tablets will Use apps that can easily be written to run on both devices. Universal apps


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

The problem that MS had with the start button was that the software for the user was launched through the programs user profile menu and was more susceptible to virus entry into the system. With hot keys and the Windows key you did not need a start button!

11. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Price is everything and I understand that you get a lot of bang for the buck but when people don't buy you make nothing. Microsoft should have taken Apple head on with a more affordable yet powerful surface. My only issue right now is price.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

I hear this all the time, and I for one think that the tablet with windows 9 will make in roads into the tablet market along with the Windows Phone integration. I feel that MS needs to wake up and reorganize how sales are made with tablets VS Note books. Tablets should not cost more than Note books that have more hard drive space, and better memory. Over $1000.00 for low memory, and small hard drive space will not win people over from the Notebook market period. That is what I hear over and over again vs the tablet. I beta tested and built a windows 7 PC, and beta tested Windows 8, and upgraded my Windows 7 PC to Windows 8 with a higher clocked processor. When Windows 9 launch's I will beta test then buy it and build and upgrade my PC by buying a Asus or a Gigabyte Mobo. I will buy Windows 9 and at some point may buy the WP to have along side my Android phone!

14. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Looks like the end is drawing near for this worse-than-a-tablet tablet and worse-than-a-notebook notebook. The sooner Microsoft retires this "tweener", the sooner the company can stop wasting money on products that are geared towards very narrow niche markets.

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