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Microsoft is working on Surface Phone for 2H 2016 release

By Scorpus
Dec 1, 2015
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  1. In what shouldn't come as a massive surprise, Microsoft is indeed working on a Surface Phone, and it's set to come out in the second half of 2016, at least if a detailed report from Windows Central is to be believed.

    The report starts by saying that a metal-bodied phone developed by Microsoft and with Intel inside has allegedly been canceled. The device was expected to be released around May 2016, and appeared to be a carryover project from Nokia, but due to issues it will not be seeing the light of day.

    However, the cancelation of the aforementioned smartphone has meant that the Surface team, headed by Panos Panay, has the green light to develop a flagship Surface Phone. The project is still in its early days, and Microsoft is experimenting with a bunch of hardware options, but it appears as though a Surface Phone is actually happening.

    According to Windows Central's information, Intel is still working with Microsoft on this project, and that could be to develop an x86-based SoC to power the handset. This could potentially give the Surface Phone the ability to run desktop x86 apps through Continuum, although this feature hasn't been confirmed.

    As the Surface Phone is still in the early stages of development, it will be a while before it's released. The report suggests Microsoft may release the device alongside the next major Windows update, Redstone, sometime around August 2016. While this date isn't exact, the phone is expected to come out in the second half of next year.

    The Surface Phone could be just what Microsoft needs to breathe some fresh air into Windows 10 Mobile. While the device is still quite some time away, and pretty much every aspect of it is still up in the air, if the Surface Phone is anything like the recent tablets and hybrids from the company, it'll be a pretty compelling product when it's released.

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  2. Victor Who

    Victor Who TS Rookie

    If the Surface phone has that ugly tiles UI, then you're gonna get the same old results that produced a 1% marketshare.
     
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  3. drjekelmrhyde

    drjekelmrhyde TS Booster Posts: 200   +44

    The default apps in WP10 don't have to be tiles. Any dev can do the same thing if they like. This is my test phone with the latest build of 10 http://imgur.com/oxTzlSO
     
  4. Flebbert

    Flebbert TS Rookie

    Yeah the Windows 10 Phone is just sexy these days, the hardware is amazing and my only complaint is that work always chooses the iPhone :(
     
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,485   +2,038

    This device will probably be productivity focused seeing Android and Apple seem to have the media consumption market locked down.
     
  6. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,179   +72

    I'll be looking forward to this. A phone that is a full PC would be neat.
     
  7. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Maniac Posts: 317   +115

    It's not the UI scaring people off, many love it, but it's the lack of apps, quality of the apps and the support for existing apps that creates a problem for potential buyers.
     
    Peter Farkas likes this.
  8. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,163   +197

    Not a surprise really.

    nokia is set to reenter phone market after its deal with Microsoft expires. if nokia decides to release two phone versions (android-based, and windows-based), then Microsoft has to create/introduce a brand that is inherently its own.

    I just wish Microsoft would release a truly affordable (sub 100$) iteration of its lineup, plus the mid-range (200-300$), and the usual high-end variants (400$ and up) for its smartphone and tablet lineup.

    google has done it very well.
    for the Philippines, it has partnered well with cherry mobile in its android one program, releasing vanilla android smartphone: cherry mobile android one (non-lte) at sub 100$ and cherry mobile android one g1 (lte) at about 140$.
     

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