The Microsoft Surface Phone has been talked about for what feels like forever, but still hasn’t seen the light of day. Is there any truth to the rumours? We reveal the latest rumours on the Surface Phone specs, features.
Microsoft Surface Phone specs & features
Rumours about the Surface Phone have been pretty few and far between so far, but in December 2016 the rumour mill went crazy over a new image leaked via Weibo of an unknown Windows 10 phone with Surface branding and a very blocky design (shown at the top of this article). That image has since been suggested as a fake, given that Carl Zeiss branding hasn’t been used since 2013. However, looking very much like an old Lumia handset, it could very well be an older prototype.
However, there’s no doubt that many analysts and tech watchers are growing more and more convinced that such device is in the works, particularly thanks to one particular alleged leak from WMPowerUser.
We’ve also heard from PhoneArena that Pegatron has already begun procuring production trials on Microsoft’s Surface Phone. Pegatron is also responsible for the manufacturing of the Surface Studio.
We’ve also seemingly had confirmation that such a phone is in the works from a Wired article on ‘The inside story of Surface Book’, which suggests Microsoft Corporate VP Panos Panay has been working on a prototype of a new phone.
Originally it was thought the Surface Phone might look like a miniature version of the Surface tablet, with a squared metallic design. The leak suggests it could have a 5.5 AMOLED display with a 1440×2560-pixel Quad-HD resolution, 4GB of RAM and 64- or 128GB of storage with a microSD card slot.
It was reported to feature a 64-bit Intel processor and a 21Mp rear-facing camera, while the front-facing camera will be 8Mp. The impressive camera tech sounds likely, as it would stem from the top-spec tech Nokia used in many of its camera phones.
It could also come with a smaller version of the Surface Pen, and could have a USB-C port.
More recently, we’ve heard that the Surface Phone could have 8GB of RAM, 512GB of internal storage (really?), and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (which isn’t expected until early 2017, and there are rumours that no phones are allowed to use the chip until the Galaxy S8 launches in April). It could also feature a 21Mp rear camera, USB-C, and a 5.7in AMOLED screen.
PhoneArena claims the Surface Phone could be capable of emulating x86 apps on the ARM architecture in Continuum mode, which is allegedly an upcoming feature of Windows 10 scheduled for late 2017.