Microsoft Surface Phone release date in 2017? to target business-focused market


Rumors have it that the arrival of the touted new device from Microsoft for its Surface series is imminent.

According to Paste Magazine, since the production of the Lumia seems to be winding down, the launch of new offerings, specifically the Surface Phone, may not be far from happening. Although an official date has yet to be scheduled by the company, it is predicted to take place sometime in 2017.

It is also targeted towards the business-minded owners, “We’ll lead with some high end and category innovation like we’ve done with Surface, and OEMs will go and build the breadth of the catalog,” said Microsoft’s corporate vice president for Windows Kevin Gallo.

Apparent sources told ZDNet that the new smartphone is currently still in Microsoft’s plans; it will be business-focused and its processor will be Advanced RISC Machine-based rather than Intel-based. However, although they are being offered for the said market, users may expect them to be not on par with consumer-centric gadgets from both Apple and other Android makers. It is also expected to be powered by Windows 10 Continuum.

However, mixed reports claim that the device might not be able to support the latest Windows operating system if it actually is equipped with ARM build. The latter is believed to hinder the device’s capability to run traditional Windows programs even though it may use an overclocked quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset. In order to provide Windows’ native features, it is suggested that an Intel processing unit or AMD x68 CPU will be able to deliver.

Nonetheless, other specifications are deemed to entice the market. These include either a potential 8 GB of random access memory (RAM) coupled with 512 GB of internal storage under the hood, or the package that has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 CPU, a similar RAM capacity but a higher built-in memory at 128 GB.

Since Microsoft has yet to comment on the existence of their next generation Surface Phone, available information should be taken with a grain of salt.