Microsoft Corporation is widely expected to launch a new smartphone phone, dubbed the Surface Phone, at the end of this month in New York City. Fans and the tech world is excited to see a new Windows 10 Mobile-powered phone, which may replace iPhone as smartphone superstar. But a new report suggesting that the October 26 event will not include the Surface Phone. Microsoft analyst Mary Jo Foley believes that the event will feature Windows smartphones from OEMs instead of the Microsoft Surface Phone, The Christian Times reported.
Microsoft remains silent about the Surface Phone. The rumor mill has been speculating that the Surface Phone will have three models and will target business and corporate users. It is expected to be the most secure and productivity-focused phone. Reports suggesting that the Surface Phone would change Microsoft’s fate in the smartphone market, which is dominated by Apple and Samsung. Before looking the analyst’s comment about the Surface Phone’s launch date, take a look at what the rumors mill has been saying about the phone.
Surface Phone Specs
Rumors suggest that the Surface Phone will 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 handset is rumored to feature a 20 megapixel rear camera with a Carl Zeiss lens. It will have an 8GB RAM and a Kaby Lake processor, and will run Windows 10 Redstone operating system. Microsoft is reportedly launching the Surface Pen and a removable keyboard at the New York City event. Those accessories will make professionals and business users more productive. The Surface Pen will be compatible with the new smartphone for a more precise and accurate input method.
According to the rumors, 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.
The most exciting feature will be support Win32 apps, allowing the phone to run legacy Windows program that people run on their PCs. The availability of Win32 apps on the Surface Phone might give a compelling reason to iOS and Android users to switch to a Windows Mobile. If the reports are true and Microsoft Corporation makes the Surface Phone to run Win32 apps, the Surface Phone could get an edge over iPhone and Android devices.
The Surface Phone is expected to challenge the dominance of Apple’s iPhone in the smartphone industry and will replace the company’s Lumia smartphone lineup. The Surface Phone will be the most secure and productivity-focused phone and could attract business and corporate customers, according to the reports.
When Microsoft Will Launch Surface Phone
Analyst Foley expects the Surface Phone to arrive next year.
“If and when anything like a Surface Phone ends up materializing, it will likely be late 2017 or maybe even not until 2018, my contacts have said recently,” Foley was quoted as saying by The Christian Times.
The Surface Phone 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.