It has been a while since Microsoft dived into the mobile hardware world, but it seems next year’s Surface Phone is something worth waiting for.
According to company CEO Satya Nadella, the company is working on delivering “the ultimate mobile device” to the world, but he was cautious enough not to specify what this mobile device is, exactly. Nonetheless, there has been a lot of talk regarding the Microsoft Surface Phone that many say will be launched in Q1 2017. In a new leak, it is easy to say that Nadella was talking about this phone, especially when looking at the power the phone is expected to pack, but many will not be happy when it comes to the release date.
Apparently, Microsoft Surface Phone is being tested and like any other flagship expected to come in 2017, the handset has been seen sporting a Snapdragon 835 SoC. As for the RAM, the Redmond Company is yet to decide on whether to go with 4GB or 6GB. As usual with Windows 10 Mobile, expect to come across support for Continuum – a feature that lets you use a smartphone in the same manner as you would use a PC by connecting it to a screen, mouse and keyboard.
The report claims that the two prototypes being tested will be powered by a 64-bit version of Windows 10 Mobile, but it is rumored that the 6GB RAM variant will add 32-bit support in order to increase the number of apps supported on the device. Still, don’t be surprised if the said Microsoft Surface Phone turns out as a single variant. It is not new for a company to test more than one model or rather configurations of a device before deciding on which one to go with.
As it appears, the Microsoft Surface Phone will indeed be the ultimate mobile phone, but one thing that some might be disappointed with is the wait time. If the latest word on the street is to be believed, the Surface Phone will be launched in Q3 2017 and not Q1 2017 as previous rumors had claimed. This will go in line with the company’s Windows 10 Redstone 3 update schedule, which is expected to focus more on mobile development.
Even though disappointing, it makes perfect sense that the Surface Phone will be launched in Q3 2017 – a time when the Windows 10 Mobile OS will actually be ready for mobile devices.