Is it time for Microsoft to make a move now that Google has launched the Pixel smartphone? Talk of a Surface Phone has been gaining speed lately, especially after news of Microsoft Australia’s accidental tweet began circulating online.
Sources say Microsoft may opt to unveil the Surface Phone and Surface Pro 5 this month along with the rumored Surface all-in-one (AIO) desktop. However, other reports say the smartphone may not come out until 2017 since its rumored processor isn’t available yet.
So what can consumers expect from the Surface Phone? It is rumored that the device may come either with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 processor or Intel’s seventh-generation Kaby Lake chipset. Whichever one Microsoft decides to use is fine since both are going to be the top mobile processors in the market when they come out. Sources also believe the smartphone may come with a Surface Pen and a biometric scanner.
Reports say the Surface Phone may have three different variants for buyers to choose from. The first version allegedly has 4 GB of random access memory (RAM) and 64 GB of internal storage. The second will have 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage, while the third variant comes with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB worth of internal storage space, which is quite huge for a phone.
Interestingly, there are rumors saying the Surface Phone will have a Bluetooth keyboard. A quick search revealed that Microsoft recently revealed this device, which they nicknamed the Surface Ergonomic Keyboard. However, the keyboard looks too big for a phone. This led some industry insiders to suggest that one of the Surface Phone variants may be larger to accommodate the keyboard.
Microsoft has yet to confirm that they are working on a Surface Phone, so the unveiling dates and specs mentioned are all speculations and rumors as of this moment.