Microsoft is holding a fall gathering this week and in case consumers have missed it, there will be no next-generation Surface products at the said event including the highly-rumored Surface Phone. Given this predicament, tech buffs and analysts are retracing their trail of evidence in the hopes of pinpointing the exact rollout date for the devices.
When will the aforementioned smartphone grace store shelves? No one really knows at this point, except maybe for the folks over at Microsoft who are privy to the development of the handheld. For quite some time now, the Microsoft Surface Phone has been in and out of the rumor mill and everything about the device, from specs to release date, has been talked about.
However, one recent tip stands out from the crowd. Award-winning tech journalist Paul Thurrott disclosed that Microsoft has yet to decide whether to pursue the project or not. Given the device’s popularity, this revelation has caused a commotion online.
In a list of what fans can expect during the upcoming Microsoft event this Wednesday, Oct. 26, Thurrott said that the Redmond-based company is still in limbo when it comes to jumping back in the mobile market industry where they are pretty much lagging behind.
This seems to be a 180-degree turn from Terry Myerson’s comments earlier this year. The executive vice president for the Windows and Devices Group was very adamant about the company’s seriousness in upgrading their subpar phone lineup. However, he also admitted that it was not a priority, at least for this year.
“We’re going to do some cool things with phones, but this year phones are an important part of our family but not the tip of the spear,” he told Tom Warren of The Verge.
Coinciding with Myerson’s revelation are previous rumors of the Microsoft Surface Phone making an appearance sometime in April of next year. This also relates to Thurrott’s claim that the Surface Book and Surface Pro are getting refreshed next spring. This makes way for a jam-packed event that may debut the Surface Book 2, Surface Pro 5 and Surface Phone.
It is important to note that a lot of anticipation has been bestowed on the shoulders of the upcoming smartphone because it could be Microsoft’s gateway to the mobile market, which they have been trying and failing to crack into a couple of times already. However, the interest it draws also comes with high expectations which means that critics might be unrelenting when it comes to evaluating the official render of the Surface Phone.