Microsoft Surface Phone release date: Photo from Microsoft's Building 88 previews future Surface devices


Microsoft may indeed be planning to release a barrage of Surface devices in the coming year, as hinted by a leaked photo taken inside the company’s premises.

A recent photo released by Indian app developer Shubhan Chemburkar revealed the inside of Microsoft’s Building 88 in Redmond, Washington, specifically the photo shows a wall dedicated to showcasing the company’s Surface line of devices with supposed slots that may be intended for future Surface-branded devices.

Upon closer inspection of the photos released by Chemburkar, the wall at Building 88 is already filled with photos of the current Surface lineup the Surface Pro devices, the Surface Book, and even a photo of the updated Surface Pen. Along with all of these photos, there are four slots that only show a silhouette of a device labeled with what is believed to be their release date. One slot bears 2016, while the three other slots are labeled 2017. This was immediately taken as a possible hint for upcoming Surface devices that would be coming in the next year or so.

Just in the past weeks, Microsoft has already been rumored to be releasing the newest versions of their Surface devices, namely the Surface Pro 5, the Surface Book 2, alongside the new Surface Phone, rumored to arrive in March 2017.

The highly anticipated one in the trio of rumored devices is the Surface Phone. According to what was rumored for the device, the alleged Surface Phone would be coming with a variant that might sport a massive amount random access memory (RAM) at 8 GB and 512 GB worth of internal storage said to be aimed for use in the business enterprise sector.

The Surface Phone was also tipped to be coming with the new Intel Kaby Lake chipsets, and the latest update to the Windows 10 Mobile operating system.

Microsoft has yet to make an official statement regarding the matter.