Apple Inc. is expected to unveil the iPhone 8 next year to celebrate the iPhone’s 10-year anniversary. Microsoft Corporation is rumored to be preparing to launch a completely new smartphone, dubbed the Surface Phone, as early as this month, to challenge the dominance of the iPhone in the smartphone industry and replace its Lumia smartphone lineup. Hopes are high for both phones. The iPhone 8 is rumored to have a radical redesign and an edge-to-edge display. The Surface Phone, a Windows 10 Mobile-powered device, will come in three variants and will feature a unique fingerprint sensor, according to the reports. For now, it’s all rumors but if the rumors are true, we could be looking at the ultimate smartphone showdown very soon.
Both Apple and Microsoft are quiet about their new devices. Let’s take a look at rumors swirling about the iPhone 8 and the Surface Phone.
Apple iPhone 8: All-Glass, Wireless Charging, Biometric Features, No Home Button
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is highly reliable for Apple rumors, claims that the iPhone 8 could feature glass front and back design like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s.
Kuo also forecasts that the next year’s iPhone will use either a stainless steel or aluminum metal casing with higher end models likely to feature stainless steel, 9to5Mac reported. “This could again call back to the design of the iPhone 4 era but with a new effort to push customers to higher end models using differences in the metal,” according to the report.
Previously, KGI forecasted that the iPhone 8 models will feature an all-glass design with latest report “emphasizing the likelihood based on further evidence.” Also, the firm has predicted that the iPhone 4-like design could introduce a larger 5.8-inches model.
Rumors suggesting that the iPhone 8 will feature a 10-nanometer A11 chip that will be both faster and more efficient. Reports also claim that the device will equipped with an OLED screen, long-range wireless charging and an all-glass body.
The iPhone 8, according to observers, may come with virtual and augmented reality technology.
The iPhone 8 is rumored to come with an OLED screen, which offers a bit more durability and is more flexible than LCD displays. In addition to reducing chance of scratches and screen cracks, OLED also provides better color contrasts for deeper and darker shades and more vibrant bright colors.
The iPhone 8 is rumored to get wireless charging and biometric features like facial recognition or an iris scanner.
Nikkei Asian Review reported that Apple is planning to add a full curved glass case on the front with an AMOLED edge-to-edge display in one of the iPhone 8 models.
Moreover, a report in Bloomberg News suggested that the iPhone maker may kill the iPhone’s iconic home button in 2017. According to report, the tech giant wants to replace the button with fingerprint sensors that would be built into the screen.
In absence of a Home button, what kind of functionality Apple Inc. is adding to the iPhone 8? There is still no idea what technology will replace the Home button in the iPhone 8, according to a report published in Forbes. The report suggested that the company would need to develop touch and display driver integration (TDDI) chips with “integrated fingerprint sensors.”
Apple hasn’t release any details about the iPhone 8, which is expected to make a debut in the fall of 2017.
Surface Phone: Cool Design, Win32 Apps, Three Models, Fingerprint Sensor
Microsoft Corporation is expected to launch the Surface Phone on October 26 in New York City. The company, however, hasn’t release any detail regarding the much talked about the Windows phone.
Rumors suggesting that the smartphone will come with a big screen and will feature a Snapdragon 830 CPU. It will be the most secure and productivity-focused phone and could attract business and corporate customers, according to the reports.
The Surface Phone is rumored to come in three versions: a consumer model, a business model, and an enthusiast edition. The base model will have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, with a mid-range offering coming with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.
The phone will get a 20 megapixel rear camera with a Carl Zeiss lens, according to the reports, which also suggested that the device will feature a Kaby Lake processor. The new phone will run Windows 10 Redstone operating system.
According to the rumors, Microsoft is designing the Surface Phone primarily for business users. Several reports claimed that the company will come with Windows 10 Mobile’s Continuum feature, enabling the device to work much better as a PC.
Rumors suggest that the Surface Phone will be able to run Win32 apps to give a compelling reason to iOS and Android users to switch to a Windows Mobile. If Microsoft makes the Surface Phone to run Win32 apps, the phone could get an edge over iPhone and Android devices. The availability of Win32 apps on the Surface Phone will allow the device to run legacy Windows program that people run on their PCs.
The rumors mill is saying that the Surface Phone will come with a unique fingerprint sensor. The company’s patent filing reveals that company plans to integrate the fingerprint sensor on the phone’s display.
Bartłomiej Tarnowski, a designer from Poland, recently created some concept images for the Surface Phone, based on rumored specs and features. He also added some of his own ingenuity and creativity to the design. The concept shows that the device has a metal casing with a support for Type Cover to make the phone adaptive, converting it to a mini laptop. There is a stylish Surface Pen as well as a sleek and flat keyboard.
The Surface Phone is expected to be an expensive device because of its business-centered positioning. The device will cost between $699- $1,100, according to a report in The Bitbag. The base model will carry a price tag of $699, while the top-level will be available at $1,099.