The rumors indicate that Microsoft was initially looking to release the Microsoft Surface Phone around May 2016. Because of the recent failure of the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL, the company supposedly decided to completely scrap this idea and focus on improving the operating system before they re-launch with the Surface branding.
Microsoft Surface Release Date: ?
Now, supposedly Microsoft is aiming for an early 2017 release with their latest update. We know that the Surface phone is going to be at the upper end of hardware in both design and specifications as the Surface brand indicates. The phone is also expected to be focused on it’s core business user base which means that it should feature a very secure platform along with being one of the top options in terms of productivity.
Design and Build:
Microsoft was actually initially rumored to be working on a completely metal build for the Surface Phone. However, the date was since pushed back. With that being said, it is not believed that the date was pushed back due to hardware and/or design problems. Therefore, we expect the phone itself to remain all metal as the Surface brand is known for. The Surface brand is well known now for it’s high build quality that rivals Apple design. The same team that focused on and built the Surface tablet has been employed to work on the phone and it is likely that they are going to completely stick with the design philosophy that not only works, but that they have mastered.
There have also been rumors that the phone will feature a built in kickstand unique to the Surface tablets. If it does feature this, you can expect the phone to also come with a Surface styled stylus which will be targeted to business and power users.
When it comes to the display of the phone, there have been rumors that the phone is going to come in three different sizes. For the consumer based version of the handset, it is expected to range anywhere from 5 to 6 inches; whereas, the business version along with the ‘prosumer’ models will be expected to have larger screens which can allow for better multitasking.
Microsoft has been rumored to be working with Intel for it’s newest Surface phone. This means that Intel is going to be designing a specific chip set to work with the Surface phone. While it is unclear whether or not the chip set will be specifically built for the Surface phone, a lot of fans are hoping that it is going to be an x86 chip set which will allow for the installation and usage of x86 applications on the phone itself. Because the phone is expected to have the Continuum feature, you can expect it to be one of the most powerful phones to ever hit the market upon its release. There has been no word on a rumored battery capacity for this device, but given it is expected to be extremely powerful and targeted to business users, you can expect them to place a significant emphasis on battery life.
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When it comes to the camera, it’s Lumia’s are known for having some of the best in the business. Microsoft is likely to leverage its acquisition of the Lumia brand in order to create a brand new camera that is able to beat out all of its competition. It would make complete sense to bring the strength of the Lumia brand and talent into this specific area. Because it is expected to be targeted to business users, you can expect a highly spec’d front facing camera for good Skype quality.
When it comes to the software of the new Surface phone, it is expected to launch with a much better with less flawed operating system. Because Microsoft made such a heavy time and financial investment in the Windows OS, you can expect it to remain true to that philosophy. With that being said, you can expect the Surface phone to do better at bridging the gap between the PC and the phone. After all, Microsoft is trying to turn phones more so into PC with their Continuum feature.
While the pricing details have obviously not been released, it is likely going to be expected to be a high end device. Therefore, you can expect high prices for these devices. No doubt it will be heavily marketed by Microsoft while consumers are likely to be provided with significant incentives to give the phone a try. For instance, Microsoft may be pairing a phone purchase with a year of Office 365 for free and/or other promotions that will tie into their Continuum feature that they are expected to focus on heavily.
Overall, the Surface phone is expected to be unique when it hits the marketplace with three variants. Will it be a “Goodbye Lumia, Hello Surface Phone?”
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