Microsoft Surface Phones release date, specs: 'Continuum' feature affected by Intel halting production of mobile chipsets

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Microsoft Surface Phones continue to be clouded in rumors in terms of specs and release date despite Intel backing out of the mobile chipset game.

Despite recent news breaking out that Intel is pulling the plug off of the Atom chip dubbed as “Braxton,” Microsoft is still rumored to push through with the upcoming smartphones. Originally, Intel’s sudden retirement in the mobile industry was deemed to hamper the American multinational company’s goal in pushing forward their mobile department, but it seems like they will have to find another way to move forward.

Microsoft’s crown jewel when it comes to their mobile phones is the feature called “Continuum.” It is an app for the Windows 10 Mobile operating system that lets user plug in the phone into a monitor, mouse, and keyboard and function like a standard desktop sans the CPU. The Lumia 950 has already given users a sample of what the feature can bring but running on a Qualcomm processor has hindered maximizing its full potential.

Microsoft was hoping that an Intel chip would solve its woes and capitalize on “Continuum” on the Surface Phones but its unexpected death put everything on hold.

As of now, the Redmond-based company is still keeping their lips tightly shut on the matter especially given this newest development. But shall Microsoft find another way to push through with the phones, tech buffs can expect three variants of it as CEO Satya Nadella has previously mentioned that they are categorizing their target markets for a more personal approach.

“We plan to narrow our focus to three customer segments where we can make unique contributions and where we can differentiate through the combination of our hardware and software,” Nadella said. “We’ll bring business customers the best management, security and productivity experiences they need; value phone buyers the communications services they want; and Windows fans the flagship devices they’ll love.”

Aside from its supposed variations, rumor has it that the Surface Phones will hit the shelves sometime in April next year.