Rumors suggest that Microsoft Corporation will launch the Surface Phone next week at a Windows event on October 26 in New York City. In addition, the Redmond-based company is rumored to be unveiling the Surface All-in-One desktop computer and Windows phones from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) at the same event. The software giant has neither confirmed nor denied that the Surface Phone exists, but some signs indicate that the phone exists, according to a report in iTech Post. A tweet from Microsoft Australia and registration of surfacephone.com by Microsoft gives us an evidence to believe that the tech giant really is working a new smartphone.
The Surface Phone, which isn’t an official name, is rumored to come in three variants and will target business and corporate users. According to the reports from different sources, the phone will be a big thing, which would change Microsoft’s fate in the smartphone market. The Microsoft Event will be held on Wednesday, October 26, at 10 a.m. EDT. Let’s take a look at the rumored specs of the Surface Phone.
Microsoft Surface Phone Rumors
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 Surface Phone is rumored to get a 20 megapixel rear camera with a Carl Zeiss lens. It is rumored to have an 8GB RAM and a Kaby Lake processor, and will run Windows 10 Redstone operating system.
Microsoft Corporation is reportedly launching the Surface Pen and a removable keyboard at the next week’s event. The 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, while a removable keyboard will be used for all the long typing sessions.
According to the rumors mill, the Surface Phone will feature a unique fingerprint sensor. The company plans to integrate the fingerprint sensor on the phone’s display, a patent filing shows.
Challenge to the iPhone
The new Windows-10 smartphone is expected to challenge the dominance of Apple’s iPhone in the smartphone industry. It will replace the company’s Lumia smartphone lineup, according to the reports.
The Surface Phone will be the most secure and productivity-focused phone and could attract business and corporate customers, the reports said.
Rumors suggest the Surface Phone will support Win32 apps, enabling 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 about the device Phone running Win32 apps, the Surface Phone could get an edge over iPhone and Android devices.
The Surface Phone is expected to cost between $699- $1,100, Bitbag reported. The base model will carry a price tag of $699, while the top-level will be available at $1,099.
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