Microsoft has been rumored to be planning a major surprise for smartphone lovers who also enjoy the company’s Surface laptop and tablet lineup by introducing a new Surface Phone.
While many were expecting the company to unveil a new Lumia smartphone, it seems this will not be the case. However, the rumors pointing towards a release of this phone have begun cooling down following the emergence of some reports with claims that Microsoft will not avail the phone this year. Still, it will be weird for the Windows OS maker to finish the rest of the year without unveiling a phone that runs on its much hyped Windows 10 Mobile.
According to a new rumor that has just surfaced, it seems the company might just stick to a 2016 release date for the Surface Phone after all. To make the deal even sweeter or rather make the device available to a variety of buyers, it is speculated that the phone will come in three variants. As of now, this is just a rumor and it cannot be justified in any way. However, it would be an interesting move by Microsoft since almost every other smartphone manufacturer is doing so, and it seems to be working out perfectly.
Samsung has done it with its Galaxy S, Galaxy A, Galaxy C, Galaxy J and Galaxy Note series. Sony has been doing it with Xperia Z series and it is still doing the same with the Xperia X series. Apple joined the camp in 2014 with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and kept on with the practice the following year. Xiaomi did the same with the Mi5 and Mi5 Pro and Lenovo followed suit with the Moto G4 variants – and so on. So, why not Microsoft?
With most of the listed names differentiating their devices with specs, screen sizes, and features, it is still unknown how Microsoft would go about it. However, be ready to pay at least $700 for the base model, a price that could easily rise to $1200 for the high-end variant. But when looking at the specs, it is possible to say the Surface Phone will be worth the price tag.
Apparently, the flagship will include a massive 20MP rear-facing camera by Carl Zeiss – the same one featured on the Lumia 950. But under the hood, the phone will reportedly carry a faster and even better Qualcomm-made Snapdragon 830 SoC. This will power a 5.7-inch QHD display screen with 2K resolution, but it will possibly have the easiest of time thanks to the massive RAM of 8GB rumored to be coming with the Surface Phone. It gets even better as other reports suggest that Microsoft will pack a massive 512GB of ROM on the phone, beating the expected 256GB for the upcoming ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe.
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