Microsoft Reportedly Working On Surface Phone As Next Flagship Device
Hot on the release of extremely powerful Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL, it seems Microsoft is gearing up to release yet another flagship smartphone within a year, or at least that’s what recent reports seem to suggest. According to these reports, this new phone will be the long-rumored Microsoft Surface Phone that has been anticipated for quite some to become part of Microsoft’s Surface family.
The phone is expected to be designed by Surface chief Panos Panay and his team of engineers, the same people who previously worked on Microsoft’s highly popular Surface Pro tablet series and the recently released Surface Book. The Microsoft Surface Phone will probably be launching sometime in the second-half of 2016, approximately a year after the launch of the two latest Lumia phones.
So what prompted Microsoft to launch another phone so quickly? There are some theories that it might have to do with some disparity created between Microsoft and Nokia (which Microsoft now owns) caused by the lack of a more widespread carrier release of both Lumia phones in US as well as Microsoft not marketing the phones in a big fashion.
Sources say that the Microsoft Surface Phone replaces a metal-clad, Intel-powered phone that would have been driven by Windows 10. Today’s report calls the cancelled device a carryover from Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia Devices and Services. That phone was allegedly going to be released next May.
The new phone might use a different processor but it still possibly will retain some of the old features such as a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display and 21-megapixel camera.