Microsoft Corporation ‘s Surface Phone will soon make its debut and the phone could potentially steal the spotlight from Apple’s iPhones and Android devices. Microsoft is working hard to ensure that the Surface Phone is the most secure phone in the world. The Lumia phone despite all its shortcomings holds a reputation for being secure. The Surface Phone is expected to inherit better versions of the security features of the Lumia line.
Hence, users can expect the Surface Phone to sport top-notch security features that includes an in-built MDM client. More so, observers expect the phone to sport anti-theft features such as a fingerprint scanner and a Reset Protection feature that make it impossible to bypass the password even after wiping/resetting the device. In fact, there isn’t any known report of hackers breaking into a Windows phone but the iPhone has been hacked a couple of times in the last few months.
Secondly, it is no longer news that CEO Satya Nadella has repositioned Microsoft for productivity; hence, the Surface Phone should be the best phone for productivity. The Surface Phone will sport Office suite and users can easily edit, share, and collaborate via office for business or personal use.
Of course, the Surface Phone will be able to run Win32 apps; hence, the device should easily take mobile productivity to the next level. It would be interest to see the productivity features that will be packed into the Surface Phone. Microsoft will surely teach Apple Inc. and Google a lesson or two on mixing work and play on mobile devices.
Did a double negative just confirm the Surface Phone?
The Surface team has done an impressive work of keeping information about the Surface Phone under wraps. Most of the information available about the phone is a mix of imagination, rumors, and the occasional leak. However, Microsoft Technical Fellow and Director of Engineering at Windows Fundamentals, Laura Janet Butler has dropped a cryptic message in a tweet posted a couple of days ago.
In her tweet, she says. “Surface Phone not NOT confirmed”. Did you notice the double negatives? The double negatives suggest that we are on to something after all with the stories about the Surface Phone. Nonetheless, we might be reading too much meaning into a harmless tweet typo TYPO.
Here is how rumored Surface Phone specs compare against iPhone 7 specs
Apple unveiled its iPhone 7 earlier this week and the specs on the phone are impressive in the real sense of the word. Nonetheless, the fact that the iPhone 7 came to the market much ahead of Microsoft’s Surface Phone might make it easier for the Surface team to create innovative ways for the Surface Phone to outshine the iPhone 7.
The iPhone 7 comes in two sizes; one with a 4.7 retina HD display and the other with a 5.5 Retina HD display. The iPhone 7 is waterproof, it has a multi-touch display, 326 ppi, fingerprint-resistant coating, and of course, it lacks the 3.5mm audio jack,
However, some specs of the iPhone 7 pales in comparison to some rumored specs of the Surface Phone. For instance, the Surface Phone is rumored to be outfitted with 8GB RAM. The Surface Phone might sport an 8MP front camera and a 21MP rear camera. In contrast, the iPhone 7 sports a 12MP camera. More so, the Surface Phone might have a USB Type C port; perhaps, Apple’s lightning port counts for something here.
Microsoft to stop selling Lumia phones to make room for Surface Phone
Another cue to the fact that the legend of the Surface Phone is real is a piece of news alleging that Microsoft is finally ready to kill the Lumia line. Rumors have abounded about the plan to kill the Lumia but those brightly colored phones have refused to die – until now that is, recent clues suggest that the Lumia will die this time around.
To start with, Microsoft has not announced another Lumia phone in the last seven months while we’ve seen two iPhones from Apple in the same period. More so, Microsoft has tried to unload its last batch of Lumia devices in order to clear its inventory ahead of the release of the Surface Phone. In June, many networks including AT&T and Sprint offered a “Buy One, Get One Free” promo on Lumia devices.
Interestingly, Samsung (running Google’s Android) and Apple have made counteroffers to stop people from buying Windows phones with BOGO offers. For instance, Sprint also offered a BOGO deal on Apple’s iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus earlier in May. More so, AT&T offered BOGO deals on Google’s Android devices including the Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+, Samsung Galaxy S6 Active, and Samsung Galaxy Note5.
Microsoft’s Surface Phone might not show up until fall next year
Microsoft Corporation has not provided official information about the Surface Phone feelers in the tech industry suggest that the device might make its debut next fall. It has earlier been reported that the firm would unveil the Surface in the same week that Apple unveiled the iPhone 7 – the iPhone 7 is already here but the Surface Phone hasn’t showed up.
Windows Central claims that sources have hinted that the Surface Phone will now be released by April 2017. The phones could actually debut before April but Microsoft is reportedly trying to complete its Windows 10 Redstone 2 in order for the Surface phone to compete effectively against Apple’s iOS and devices running Google’s Android OS.