Microsoft announced the Surface tablet and it had a very attractive industrial design, it seems that the unibody magnesium-aluminum chassis maybe a causing production issues. The Redmond company is currently working with a “second-tier” Surface chassis supplier that’s having trouble producing enough units to match Microsoft’s expectations, according to Digitimes. The low yield has caused Microsoft to spend extra time evaluating the company’s manufacturing to see how it can be improved.
Apparently before Microsoft launched Surface, they inquired with several metal chassis makers about their available capacity and were looking to place orders as high as five million units before the end of 2012. Microsoft was not met with good news as the chassis makers were forced to give up because of lack of capacity.
No word on if this rumor is true, it’s from Digitimes so it’s a coin toss. Surface’s pricing and availability have yet to be revealed.