Microsoft Surface Phone release date in October to counter rivals; 2017 release with Surface Pro and Surface Book possible

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Is the Microsoft Surface Phone coming this October?

There were reports saying that the Surface Phone was going to be launched this year, but the production of the device was halted when Microsoft decided to wait for Intel’s seventh-generation Kaby Lake processor.

It was then speculated that Microsoft might indeed announce the Surface Phone at their Fall 2016 Hardware event in October. It was said that the company might do this to counter the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and the new Apple iPhone 7 in September.

However, it is also possible that the Surface Phone will be released together with the Surface Pro 5 and the Surface Book 2 next year to go along with the unveiling of the new Windows 10 Redstone 2 operating system.

The Surface Phone is allegedly going to come in three versions, a base version, a mid-level version, and a premium version. The base version will come with 3 gigabytes (GB) of random access memory (RAM), as well as 32 GB of internal storage. The second one will have 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. The premium version will have 8 GB RAM and 500 GB of storage.

Rumors say that the phone will have a USB-C port and a traditional 3.5 millimeter headphone jack. The Surface Phone will also have a 20-megapixel Carl Zeiss lens for its rear camera. The phone is rumored to use either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 processor or the seventh-generation Kaby Lake processor.

As previously reported, rumors of a Surface Phone started to come out in June when Microsoft’s Kevin Gallo said that they were planning to develop smartphones targeting the business sector. Since then, images of what was supposed to be a Surface Phone was posted on the Chinese site Baidu.

Are those images of the real Surface Phone?

As of now, Microsoft has not made an official statement regarding the Surface Phone or any of its rumored Surface devices for that matter. Consumers have to wait and see if the software company will indeed release a new line of Surface products this year or the next.