Second Generation Zune Confirmed by Microsoft
Jason Reindorp, Microsoft's marketing director for Zune, confirmed the release of the second generation Zune for this fall.
The second generation Zune will be built by a Chinese partner located in Doumen in China. The same city where the Xbox is manufactured. This also means that Microsoft dumped Toshiba as the hardware supplier.
The information was not confirmed by Microsoft, but Flextronics (picture above) would be the best fit since they're already the Xbox's manufacturer in Doumen. The company already has 1,948,930 ft2 of manufacturing space in Doumen only. Quite a lot more than what is needed to manufacture the Zune!
Reindorp said the company hopes that by taking a more direct role in manufacturing a second version, it will help the device gain popularity.
"There are definitely some cost efficiencies, but the more important thing from our perspective is the flexibility and control we have in creating a device from scratch and making it down to the last component what we want it to be," Reindorp added.
Jason Reindorp did not reveal any details of the new upcoming Zune players. Let's hope we are going to know a lot more in June!
Last update on May 16th, 2007