Microsoft ‘Surface Phone’ to Launch Early Next Year for $699: Rumors and Specs

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#SurfacePhone #WindowsPhoneMicrosoft Surface Phone to Launch Early Next Year for $699: Rumors and Specs : Microsoft Corporation is rumored to be working on a completely new smartphone, dubbed the Surface Phone. The software titan was expected to unveil the handset in October, but the Surface Phone did not attend the event in New York City where the firm introduced its first ever desktop computer, the Surface Studio.

The new Windows 10 Mobile-powered phone may replace the iPhone as a smartphone superstar. A report from HNGN suggests that the software giant is planning to launch the new phones under the Surface branding early 2017.

Microsoft remains silent about the Surface Phone. The company has neither confirmed nor denied any of the rumors spreading about the Surface Phone. Rumors suggest that the Surface Phone line up will include three models and will target business and corporate users. Microsoft wants to change its fate in the smartphone market, which is being dominated by Apple and Samsung. Here are the latest rumors surrounding the Surface Phone.

Microsoft Surface Phone Rumors

According to rumors, the Surface Phone will arrive in three versions: a consumer model, a business model, and an enthusiast edition. The base model will feature 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, with a mid-range offering coming with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The smartphone is rumored to feature a 20 megapixel rear camera with a Carl Zeiss lens. There will be an 8GB RAM and a Kaby Lake processor in it. The device will be powered by Windows 10 Redstone operating system.

The device will work with the Surface Pen and a removable keyboard. These accessories will make professionals and business users more productive. The Christian Post reported that the Surface Pen will be compatible with the new smartphone “for a more precise and accurate input method.” There will be a removable keyboard for “all the long typing sessions abound for the user.”

The Surface Phone is rumored to come with a unique fingerprint sensor. According to the company’s patent filing, a fingerprint sensor will be integrated on the phone’s display. The Surface Phone will offer support for Win32 apps, allowing the phone to run legacy Windows program that people run on their PCs. The Win32 apps support might give a compelling reason to iOS and Android users to switch to a Windows Mobile.

If the reports are true and the company makes the Surface Phone to run Win32 apps, the smartphone could get an edge over iPhone and Android devices. The Surface Phone is likely to challenge the dominance of Apple’s iPhone in the smartphone industry and will replace the company’s Lumia smartphone lineup. The phone will be the most secure and productivity-focused phone and could attract business and corporate customers, according to the reports.

Price

The Surface Phone will cost between $699- $1,100, according to a report in The Bitbag. The base model will carry a price tag of $699, while the top-level will be available at $1,099.