New rumors about the Microsoft’s Surface Phone show a powerful new device
Microsoft Corp.’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Surface Phone has seen its share of rumors over the last few months, as reports indicate that the company is finally looking to release the much anticipated Surface Phone. Previous reports indicate that the company was expected to release the Surface Phone in the second half of this year, but new reports suggest that Microsoft is planning to launch it in the first quarter of 2017. After Microsoft’s failure to capture the market with the Lumia lineup, the company hopes to gain market share with the new Surface lineup, as the company is expected to release three different models of the Surface Phone.
According to reports, Microsoft’s Surface Chief, Panos Panay has been given the task of delivering the latest device of the company. The new device is rumored to feature an all-metal design and will share the same design elements of Microsoft’s Surface tablets. Reports also indicate that the device will offer the same kick-stand found on Surface tablets. The new Surface Phone is expected to be offered in three different models, with each offering different display sizes ranging from 5inches to 6 inches.
The new Surface Phones will also be powered by Intel’s latest processor, the 14nm Kaby Lake and will not feature the previously reported Intel Atom processor. Two of the devices will be offered in business and consumer variants, with the consumer variant packing 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, while the business variant will be powered by a hefty 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The third model, according to reports, will be a beast of its own, as it will be powered by Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 830 chipset. The device will feature 8GB of RAM and 512GB of on-board storage
The new devices will run on Windows 10 Mobile and look to be the perfect platform to make the most out of Microsoft’s Continuum feature. The devices will also be powered by an impressive 21MP rear camera and 8MP front camera while featuring a 3000 Mah battery. The device was expected to release this May but after the failure of the Lumia 950, Microsoft is holding on the release until early 2017. If reports are true, the new device will be the perfect opportunity for Microsoft to capture part of the lucrative mobile market.