The Microsoft Surface phone has long been rumored, but the recentbuzz about the Windows 10 phone indicates it could actually get released this year, probably in October for a price ranging between $699-$1,100.
The device is expected to be a part of Microsoft’s renewed efforts to target the smartphone market. The company’s existing Windows Phone OS based devices have mostly faded into oblivion in comparison to the competition from Android devices and Apple’s iPhone. In fact, rumors say that the Windows Phone OS based Lumia range could be scrapped in 2017, according to a WinBeta report from September 2016.
So, could Microsoft move out of the smartphone industry? Well, the answer is no.
What Surface Phone rumors indicate is a change in the company’s approach — the company could switch from Windows Phone OS based smartphones to Windows OS smartphones, a ZDNet report indicated in March 2016. Simply put, customers might be able to seamlessly use the same operating system across their PCs and Microsoft devices.
The Surface Phone could,if Microsoft is able to implement such an OS across devices, not only change the company’s fortunes, but alsochange the way we use smartphones.
The device is expected to come loaded with high-end features.
Here are 10 expected features of the Microsoft Surface Phone:
Foldability: A Microsoft patent application, which surfaced in January, indicatesthe company is planning a foldable smartphone with a hinge-based mechanism. While the mechanism is similar to the rumored Galaxy X smartphone, according to the patent application, the device will also have a ‘Tent Mode’ akin to the Lenovo Yoga Tablet. The hinge is also expected to feature a display, sowhen the device is laid out, it gives the feel of a seamless tablet display.
Read: Microsoft’s 2-in-1 Surface Phone Revealed In Patent Application
Snapdragon 830/835 processor: 10nm technology based processors are expected to be employed in major flagship as they will provide better performance and battery life in comparison to existing 14nm processors.
They are expected to be included in flagship smartphones including the iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8, and Microsoft is also expected to follow suit, although it is not yet evident whether the company will go for the Snapdragon 830 or 835, since rumors about the device are pointing towards both.
Read: Microsoft Surface Phone Leaked Image Reveals Specs, Features
Windows 10 OS: This is expected to the biggest feature of the device and its USP. Microsoft has already showcased desktop connectivity and seamless interface between PCs and smartphones with its Continuum devices. With the Surface Phone, Microsoft is expected to go a step further by using the same OS across both devices. If the company indeed gives the Surface Phone with such a feature, it could make the device desirable since no company has till date, offered such a feature.
Surface Pen compatibility: The device is expected to be compatible with Microsoft’s Surface Pen stylus, according to a Bussiness Insider report published in 2015 – functionality similar to what Samsung offers with its Note series. The feature makes sense since the device could possibly be a 2-in-1 device.
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