Microsoft Corporation has done a great job of keeping mum about its rumored Surface Phone. Many people in the tech industry have taken it upon themselves to try to get into Microsoft’s head and to learn its plans for the coming smartphone. Many more people have taken up the rather arduous task of dissecting every bit of action and inaction from the Surface team in order to glean information about the Surface Phone.
Now, folks at ConceptPhones have come out with their own version of what they think the market can expect from the Phone. ConceptPhone’s idea of the Surface Phone deviates from the other ideas for the Surface Phone on the market in that it doesn’t have a bold form factor as seen in previous concept ideas. Nonetheless, what the phone lacks in bold form factor, it makes up in smart a minimalist control.
What’s new in the latest concept of the Surface Phone
Microsoft’s rumored Surface Phone may not sport the usual rectangular form factor with sharp edges. Rather, the phone might sport the curved rectangle of the Lumia 800 similar to the curved rectangle found in Apple’s iPhone 7. More so, the phone appears to have the signature curved back of the Lumia line for a better grip compared to the sharp angles of the iPhone.
This latest concept also imagines that the Phone will contrast with Apple’s iPhone 7 by sporting a small home button crammed below the screen of the device. However, the home button won’t double as a fingerprint sensor (another sharp contrast to Apple’s iPhone); hence, you don’t have to worry that the small home button will be too small for your thumb.
You can also expect the Surface Phone to an innovative “Smart all-in-one control” back button. The back button serves the function of powering on and off the Phone. The Smart back button also locks and unlocks the device. The back button also doubles as a fingerprint reader – although it appears pretty clumsy to have the fingerprint scanner at the back. You can also use the Smart all-in-one control to control the volume of the device by scrolling your finger up or down.
The other features imagined for the rumored smartphone appear to be the usual stuff found in most smartphones. An aluminum case, a 12MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens, thin/zero bezels on the screen, and a 5-inch AMOLED display among others.
The Surface Phone is geared towards the Enterprise market
The known information about the rumored Surface Phone suggests an incredible device but nobody seems to have a clear indication on the timing of its release. The mobile market was abuzz with rumors that the smartphone will be launched about the same time as the iPhone 7. Apple’s iPhone 7 is already here and it appears that the Surface Phone might not make its debut until 2017.
One of the main factors that appear to be delaying the release of the Surface Phone is Microsoft’s rumored plan to gear the Surface Phone towards the enterprise market. Microsoft is reportedly waiting for Intel’s Kaby Lake processor and its own Redstone update 2 to power the Surface Phone.
If all goes well, the Phone would easily run Win32 native apps and the ability to streamline work between your Surface Phone and PC could help sell the device to the Enterprise market. Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android already being adapted for the Enterprise market; it would be nice to see if the Surface Phone can do a better job than its older rivals.