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Microsoft is now testing its own Windows Phone design with suppliers

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Microsoft is now testing its own Windows Phone design with suppliers
Microsoft has just released the Surface, the first tablet and the first PC it has built in its decades of history, and now the Redmond company is testing a phone with suppliers. Informed sources claim Microsoft is becoming much more like Apple, a company that builds both the software and hardware itself.

This corroborates earlier rumors about a Microsoft Windows Phone. The supposed device is said to measure more than 4 inches and less than five, making it larger than the iPhone, but smaller than phablets like Samsung’s Galaxy Note II.

It is not yet certain, though, whether Microsoft will kick off mass production of the device. For the moment, it is only testing the design.

We would not be surprised at all if that phone becomes real some time next year. Chief executive Steve Ballmer last month said that Microsoft will ‘obviously’ do more hardware after the Surface. How would that affect its vendors? We don't know, but we guess Nokia for once will not be very excited about this, after it bet its future solely on Windows Phone in 2011.

source: WSJ

Microsoft Surface phone concept.

Microsoft Surface phone concept.


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posted on 02 Nov 2012, 02:42 8

1. myownchoice (Posts: 22; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)


cool...

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 03:17 7

8. Jelly_Bean (Posts: 109; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Beauty man :)

Make it dual boot with WP8 & Jelly Bean :)

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 05:49

22. kirholstov (Posts: 136; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Don't forget iOS :D it's impossible

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 02:44 9

2. bxbomber718 (Posts: 15; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)


Apple iPhone/iPad vs Goggle Nexus 4/10 vs Microsoft Surface Phone/Tablet. Next year is going to be pretty interesting...Let's see where Blackberry falls into the mix smh

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 03:20 7

9. Jelly_Bean (Posts: 109; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Please don't mention Apple in this great competition mate.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 02:45 4

3. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


I bet MS will keep some very special features that are yet to be revealed exclusive to this phone. And after looking at Surface RT's hardware excellence I think MS can really make a good quality phone.

And gotta say, MS is good at spotting the sweet spot.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 02:47

4. lonestrider (Posts: 85; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)


Beautiful...
Very gorgeous design. Much like the surface tablet.
I wish it came with micro USB cable and not another 'new and faster and lighter or whatsoever' cable, just to earn more money.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 04:48 5

18. Victor.H (Posts: 445; Member since: 27 May 2011)


The image below is just a concept, an artistic rendering, nothing to do with an actual device.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 05:32

21. cyborg009 (Posts: 92; Member since: 17 Sep 2011)


ya.. but if MS can put together a phone just like that .. it will be amazing !!

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 09:14

39. lonestrider (Posts: 85; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)


I wish this isn't just a 'concept' dan Nokia have a lot of, and never become real.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 02:53

5. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


wanna see this to happen! im pretty sure its gonna be 4.3/4.5/4.7 screen size!

its not really that they are becoming apple, they'll make their own devices which is good but they will still license the windows OS to every one! but if this will happen, manufacturers might not get windows OS coz the competition is now tougher now that microsoft join in... and no customization... so im pretty sure manufacturers might ship its devices with linux with it to avoid competition... good and bad for microsoft coz they'll loose manufacturers and good for linux (ubuntu, etc)

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 02:59 2

6. Airforce (Posts: 63; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)


tHIS PHONE IS insane...am so happy Windows is proving to Apple who the BOSS IS

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 03:13 1

7. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Good for Linux in long run. Ubuntu is already on the move ... so competition ahead on tablet segment for sure.

Question however is ... what happens if M$ fails with all this (they can fail if Nokia coulnd't get their numbers up what's so spl with M$ that they will succeed)? After all it needs big sales numbers to justify these moves. Just patting your own back and being critical of others doesn't help much.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 06:31 1

26. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


the very reason they will make their own hardware! coz they think nokia didnt make WP sales that much! but i think nokia did a very great job making WP's name relevant now!

and what tech they could actually do? nokia can do what it want to do... they are innovators... but MS is an innovator too but not as much as nokia...pureview, puremotion HD+ and clearblack display are innovation and revolutionary!

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 03:22 4

10. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


next year will be good!! i hope microsoft will make this happen!! hope they'll make surface phone and announce it already!!!

Apple with iPad and iPhone

google with nexus 4 and 10

microsoft with surface phone and RT/pro

BlackBerry(nikolas dont bother comment) with BB10 phone and tablet!!

this will be good for us tech folks!

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 03:26 2

11. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


You forgot Samsung which is giving nightmares to Apple :)

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 03:29 2

12. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


samsung dont make software only hardware!! and besides the nexus 10 is samsung made!

google with android

apple with iOS

microsoft with Windows Phone, RT and 8 Pro

BlackBerry with BB10

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 03:51 1

13. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Ok you have a point there. But just as Redhat was/is synonymous with LINUX Samsung is synonymous with Android more or less. So even i am right :)

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 04:13 1

15. osaFromJava (Posts: 34; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


wrong..samsung makes the bada..

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 06:21 1

23. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


they make bada...yeah right! they kill bada!! replace with tizen... which is now nowhere to be found!

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 05:02

20. Topcat488 (Posts: 1163; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Yep, Sammy has its own software for mobile phones and tabs... I have to give it up to osaFromJava on this one... Good looking out dude... Bad for you "pika" for using exclamation points, to indicate intensity of emotion... :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bada

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 06:27

25. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


samsung is horrible on making software! BADA is good but its also a disaster!

haw about tizen? nowhere to be found now!

samsung rely on what is there already! android and WP...but their software, maybe they know how horrible they are on software side thats why they ditched it!

bada is dead... tizen is nowhere to be found!

unlike nokia, they are good on software and hardware! MeeGo and Symbian are a masterpiece! but they are lazy to update symbian! they give up MeeGo even though a lot of people and tech sites love it! and pity that they killed it!

sorry i just cant help my self of adding !!!! everytime! :) i love adding !!! ... on all my post! :)

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:37

31. Topcat488 (Posts: 1163; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


No need to be so emotional "Pika P", i ain't mad at cha. I can even feel your passion for Nokia with all the "!!!!". Samsung makes other devices other then phones and tabs, like smart TV's and stuff. These machines uses software, so. You stated Samsung doesn't have their own...

If Nokia was so good, as you put it, then where are they now? I hope Nokia gets back on their feet, but i feel going the Windows way will not help, jmo. I really hope Nokia success.

For all I care, use as many exclamation points as you feel you need. But get your fact straight next time, OK!

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 10:39 1

33. snowgator (Posts: 3244; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


The first Tizen powered Samsung device (made along with Intel, with some carriers already onboard like Sprint is due next year:

http://www.sammobile.com/2012/10/14/first-tizen-device-will-be-released-in-2013/

And Bada has indeed been killed in response:

http://www.sammobile.com/2012/10/09/samsung-to-merge-bada-with-tizen/

The big question is of course how many pokers does Sammy have in which fire? Is WP 8 one too many? Or will a profitable ATIV series make them step away from the investment of Tizen after the Bada line proved unpopular, even though not a "flop". Meanwhile, they rule the Android roost and are Apple's only real challenger. Oh, to be in a position of power....

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 18:38

37. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


i know that! tizen is coming 2013 but why no news now! all i know that its already at version 2.0 and PA still didnt post a news for that! i regularly go to tizen.org to see what is happening there!

but even that "unpopular" bada outsold WP!

even they announce that tizen is coming 2013 there's no news about it! while open webOS even though its uncertain when will a real device coming, there's some news about it! and so is firefox OS, which has the same goal like tizen, they are both HTML5!

but im glad that samsung is making an effort but still lacking! i heard some rumors that tizen org is angry at samsung coz they dont support them... but maybe its just rumors or even true coz samsung dont make it buzz! they need buzz to make people and developer interested!

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 18:26

36. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


of course they need software but only maintain not like they need upgrades like android, iOS, WP, symbian and BlackBerry!

im not really talking about general, talking about smartphones made by samsung...correct me if im wrong but samsung smart TV uses google TV OS/linux right?! which is already tweak by themselves!

nokia was so good, yes...but they were delayed in the change! i keep on saying this and i'll say this again, they already forecast that symbian was falling because of the rise of iPhone which already offers capacitive touch, symbian foundation has the answer and make a version of symbian to be touch-friendly-the UIQ but they dont listen and still continue the s60 which offers resistive touch and not good for touchscreen...ofcourse people will see that iPhone's easy capacitive touch and slim body is more radiant than what nokia is offering!

what happen, coz of the delay, symbian foundation collapse and great symbian engineer was pick up by google to work with android.. fast forward now, android is now the leading OS... and nokia is falling coz of terrible decisions thats why i dont believe they listen to people anymore! nokia belle is a breakthrough of symbian OS! it looks very modern even people now love live wallpaper, there are still people who love to put their faces and gif on the homescreen and what's more amazing is that nokia belle offers 6 different homescreen with different wallpapers on it! but nokia already decided to kill symbian, belle fp2 was the last update, and is the greatest update! it looks like an early JB version! very modern! and even MeeGo! the OS that make tech sites to have love-at-first-sight!

all i want is that if nokia could just support symbian till the end, i mean it was symbian who make a nokia device 5year advance than its competition a decade ago... its was a symbian device that make the revolutionary camera phone! atleast they put symbian to low end market! i mean all symbian need is 1GHZ processor and 256RAM right... and that spec is pretty standard to low end android! not the s**tty s40! symbian can do multitasking s40 cant, symbian can run both java and symbian(sis files) apps s40 only runs java and symbian has 100,000 apps on the nokia store while s40 only have 25,000 and what nokia expect? people will still develop java apps? maybe..but still symbian deserve to live! people would love to have a 3D game for low end! not 2D old-style game!

and yes jumping to windows phone is not helping! especially that microsoft is rumored to release a surface phone! but it help WP to have a name on mobile news!

haha! just dont mind my exclamation points! :)

and hey, i have my fact right!

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 04:08 1

14. osaFromJava (Posts: 34; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Sounds like betrayal to nokia..:'(

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 04:27 2

16. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Nokia will be a helpless subsidiary of M$. M$ has long been advocate of "Embrace, Extend & Exterminate" philosphy and Nokia is going to be latest victim of that unless they move to Android ... :)

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 04:35 2

17. nobelset (Posts: 270; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


Bye bye, nokia.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 04:58 1

19. Android (Posts: 17; Member since: 04 Dec 2010)


The bezel on this phone looks like an iPhone 4 antenna wannabe.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 06:22 1

24. mydi.maus (unregistered)


looks like a female iphone,..

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:25 1

30. cdgoin (Posts: 369; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


No a manly iPhone, the iPhone is a chick phone already

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 07:31

27. Dunknown (Posts: 82; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


I think it will be something like Nexus. Microsoft might be going to choose a phone manufacturer such as Nokia. It might be possible that the phone that is going to be announce by Nokia next year will be Surface 1. And follow up by Surface 2 and continue....

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:10

28. NateAdam8 (Posts: 218; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Unless MS pulls a Google and has one of the OEMs make the device for them then it just might keep the peace and it'd be more like the MS Surface/Nexus deal with either HTC, Nokia, Samsung or who every makes it or They could just build it with a Nokia branding and it'd be like Motorola and Google's Droid series but still keeping the peace like Google.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:24

29. cdgoin (Posts: 369; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


If NOKIA Builds it for MS, then I think Nokia would be happy.. as MS would have invested in the engineering. Who else would build it..?

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 10:15

32. paulislegend (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


design: you're doing it right.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 10:45

34. snowgator (Posts: 3244; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


I suppose at this point, I will stop saying "I will believe when I see it". There is a ton of evidence to support the existence of this device.

But I would say if it ever get released and where depends a lot on the success of the Surface Tablets and the first and second wave of WP 8 phones. If the Surface line sells poorly and other manufacturers lines sell well, that may stop this phone. If the WP8 devices sell well and Nokia survives as a WP-only manufacturer and HTC also stays on with follow ups, this may be put on the back burner. But the idea of having it ready as a back up plan in case MS needs to keep it's WP line going to develop it's ecosystem makes total sense. Just a smart idea to have back up plans.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 14:57

35. 4D331 (Posts: 12; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)


this phone looks heavyyyy....it absolutely matches the surface line, and with both they create a trend that truly looks appealing and stands out...man this is exactly how it should look like and plz don't let it just be a concept design, it look fantastic, but companies usually stray away from great looking designs and i just don't know why...

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 03:33

38. pliskin1 (Posts: 59; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


Looks good, if the screen is 4.3" or less id buy it.

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