Microsoft is readying smaller Surface devices, according to a report.
This follows a report last month in the Wall Street Journal that claimed the company is preparing a 7-inch tablet.
Second-generation Surface devices will sport displays with sizes between 7 inches and 9 inches, according to the report. Component suppliers include Samsung Electronics, LG Display, Corning, and Intel.
Microsoft needs to bring out tablets with smaller screen sizes in order to compete with the like of Apple's iPad Mini and modestly proportioned Android tablets, IDC said Wednesday.
The current Surface Pro and Surface RT tablets are limited to 10.6-inch displays.
Microsoft was not available for comment.