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Report: Microsoft Surface Phone to launch in the second half of 2016

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Report: Microsoft Surface Phone to launch in the second half of 2016
According to a report published today, the long-rumored Microsoft Surface Phone will finally be launched in the second-half of 2016. The phone will be designed by Surface chief Panos Panay and his team of engineers. These are the same guys that built the Surface Pro tablet line, and the new Surface Book.

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.

Some insiders have theorized that Microsoft's lack of a more widespread carrier release for the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950 XL in the U.S., is related to the desire of the powers that be at Microsoft to build a Surface Phone. That includes CEO Satya Nadella, and Surface head Panay. This could also explain why the company isn't spending big bucks to market its new flagship phones.

Previous rumors say that the Surface Phone will focus on productivity, not specs. It will be considered a flagship model and will be powered by a Snapdragon 820 chipset, and will use the advanced cooling technique used by the Lumia 950 XL.

source: WindowsCentral

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posted on 02 Dec 2015, 18:37

1. Commentator (Posts: 3651; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Neat!

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 22:53 1

26. yann (Posts: 161; Member since: 15 Jul 2010)


Second half of 2016 means end of the year.
Will be late. That mean another year without flagship.
950's are disgrace.

posted on 03 Dec 2015, 00:21 2

27. Cheezwiz (Posts: 430; Member since: 29 Dec 2014)


950s are just fine. don't like them, don't buy them. doesn't change the fact that there's a market for them (however small that might be).

posted on 03 Dec 2015, 02:28 2

29. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


yes please dont like them and dont buy them, windows 10 is still far from a finished product... huge app gap is still there... camera lead is over. LG G4, V10, GS6, Edge, Note 5, Nexus 6p and 5X are equally capable in camera if not better... I am using windows 10, it is good but feels slow... there are some bugs. Sometime apps close down during opening without a reason. Keyboard doesnt pop up some time and I have to manually pop it up. Some time keyboard went down and pop up back without any reason... However, sd card is managed better then on android... interface also feels pretty solid and better than android and ios... 80% of apps I use frequently are missing on windows... I dont want fb, instagram and other similar chating apps, but I do care about shipment tracking apps, banking apps, productivity tools and maps. Email attachments is also monotonous task, task windows keep on working although files get attached, sometime need to manually close it. Microsoft maps made me feel like ios maps, which is pretty much useless and slow... If you are an avid android or ios user, than you will feel like there is a lot missing and in matter of few days you will start feeling bored OR you have to keep two phones... if you dont use your phone much except calling, messaging, photo and face book then it doesnt matter OR if you are new to smart phones and not attuned with android and ios then again its ok to waste money on Lumia 950 & XL... the price microsft is asking for these devices is not justified at all

posted on 06 Dec 2015, 17:52 1

40. elitewolverine (Posts: 4993; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I would respond with more....however win10 has about as many bugs as current release of android. Hell my daily job is fixing android mess ups....all day...you can keep it ;)

There is a package tracker, a good one too

Banking apps, meh, my browser does everything but deposit a check, and considering the banking apps have proven in recent reports to be the most insecure things on your phone, you can have that too. (I want check deposit...though I rarely rarely need it)

Email attachments is hard? Seriously? hit reply, hit paperclip, select location...boom, hell even supports apps like TotalCommander for file apps.

App gap IS THERE. But if you need more than 600k apps, then yes it is not for you.

Anything I 'neeed' from android can be accomplished on my much cheaper tablet. I don't need a note 5. Very few people I know do everything solely on their phone. I rather have a surface with a windows phone in tow, than android tablet with android phone in tow. or etc...because once I have windows, I can get any android app I 'neeeed'.

posted on 03 Dec 2015, 02:49 1

31. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 392; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Or, if you like them and can't buy them because they're not on Verizon then it's easy to ignore them. Same with Surface Phone, it'll mainly be on AT&T.

posted on 03 Dec 2015, 05:42 1

34. o7o (Posts: 110; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)


Every company has a 1 year cycle for their flagships! iPhone, Galaxy..etc, why is it wrong for Microsoft to do the same?

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 18:43 4

2. Tziggy14 (Posts: 436; Member since: 02 Sep 2014)


They're wasting resources. It doesn't matter what kind of phone it is as long as the app gap still exists.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 19:08

9. sip1995 (Posts: 1544; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


They want to make something new and innovate, so your statement is wrong.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 19:36

14. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1010; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Great phone = more buyers
More buyers = more app devs interested
Do not think for a second that you are smarter than the people inside Microsoft.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 20:38 3

20. xq10xa (Posts: 570; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


I don't know about that......alot of people seem smarter than Microsoft when it comes to phones. This is why they are where they are...just saying...they aren't even close to the top dogs.

posted on 03 Dec 2015, 02:40

30. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


We dont think we are smart than people inside microsoft... But it seems like that we are smarter than them... you are right more buyers = more developers and apps... but microsoft seems not understanding it, thats why they are selling lumia 950/xl in a ridiculously high price, instead of selling it in throw away price and made as many people as possible to take it... They cannot make a bugger without fries, ketchup, double in price of Bugger King and expect people and devs to come to them instead of Bugger King

posted on 03 Dec 2015, 09:55

36. xq10xa (Posts: 570; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Ha! Bugger.

posted on 03 Dec 2015, 09:56

37. xq10xa (Posts: 570; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


What's crazy is that companies like BLU and One Plus are probably selling 5X as much phones as someone like Microsoft is.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 18:44

3. Drsarcastic (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)


So you say that it will be powered by an intel processor, but in the same article you go ahead and say it will be powered by the 820?

What?

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 18:51 2

4. Commentator (Posts: 3651; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


"Sources say that the Microsoft Surface Phone REPLACES an (sic) metal-clad, Intel-powered phone that would have been driven by Windows 10."

(Capitalization added for emphasis.)

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 18:55

5. promise7 (Posts: 856; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


The Intel powered device was cancelled, and the Surface phone replaces it.

"Sources say that the Microsoft Surface Phone replaces an 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."

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 18:57

6. promise7 (Posts: 856; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Excited to see this phone. I like the design and direction of both the Surface Book, and Surface Pro tablets so hopefully this follows suit.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 18:59 2

7. Emmanuelz (Posts: 138; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


No apps.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 19:10 3

11. sip1995 (Posts: 1544; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


The point here is about the EXE programs....NOT just apps.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 19:27 1

13. Emmanuelz (Posts: 138; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


No apps no sale

posted on 03 Dec 2015, 04:21 1

33. sip1995 (Posts: 1544; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Don't feed the troll........

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 19:08

8. jellmoo (Posts: 1456; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Um... The source article says that Intel is still involved. It doesn't even mention the SD 820...

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 19:11

12. sip1995 (Posts: 1544; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Typical PA, what you expect...

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 19:38

15. Alan01 (Posts: 349; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


If you click on the highlighted part of the story, you'll see that the SD820 reference came from another one of our stories.

Regards,
Alan F.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 19:46

16. jellmoo (Posts: 1456; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


I get that, but it makes the article a little confusing considering that seems like old information (from a month ago) as opposed to the latest info. Maybe it's the wording or just my understanding, but it doesn't really jive with crux of the latest story.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 19:08

10. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 1874; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


As long as the app and versatility gap exists, still won't be touch a Windows Phone...unless Panos Panay does something crazy innovative (beyond meh looks) that brings the Surface Phone closer to this dream phone:

www.pcworld.com/article/2907539/this-fake-microsoft-surface-phone-is-the-flagship-smartphone-we-want.html

Really want the Windows Mobile platform to take off, but Microsoft has a lot of work to do.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 19:54

17. Furbal (Posts: 884; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Hopefully it is better than the 950xl, by far the biggest disappointment of a phone I've had for the price.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 20:13 1

18. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1012; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


The idea of a Surface Phone conjures an image in ones mind of a true PC-Phone hybrid, so this rumor of a Surface Phone running on an ARM based chip shouldn't be believed. Additionally a Surface Phone would likely have the styling of the Surface line of tablets, meaning, a magnesium body design.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 20:34

19. xq10xa (Posts: 570; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


I would be interested in a Surface phone..........about 5 generations into it.
Let us all remember their new project debuts....the Kin, Zune, WP7.....all just terrible.
They get way better over time.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 21:00

22. jove39 (Posts: 1779; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I won't mind upgraded atom x7...for 2016 surface phone.

posted on 03 Dec 2015, 06:32 1

35. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1012; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


An atom x7 would generate too much heat, perhaps an x3.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 21:36

23. BattleBrat (Posts: 1431; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


5.5in screen minimum , stylus, full windows 10 capabilities so I can run photoshop, usb C, take my money!

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 22:16 1

24. darealist (Posts: 101; Member since: 25 Feb 2015)


No more junk apps for me. Thank you Microsoft.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 22:39 3

25. alterans (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 Jun 2015)


If Microsoft can capitalize on the success of the Surface Pro line, then they might just have a winner on their hands here. Microsoft, PLEASE quit inking exclusivity deals with AT&T. Carrier exclusives are a joke. I am on Verizon, and the last "high end" windows phone to come out was the Nokia Lumia Icon released almost 2 years ago. Everything since then has been low end garbage.

posted on 03 Dec 2015, 01:39

28. pureviewuser (Posts: 476; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)


Waiting for 950xl currently enjoying 535 which has replaced lg g3 as main driver

posted on 03 Dec 2015, 04:07

32. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1513; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I was hoping that microsoft used intel smartphones cpu's and ran windows 10 and win32 desktop programs as a backup eco system because since Windows 7 folks the ARMS CPU apps Developers have given Android and Apple iphones apps after new apps but haave Given Windows smartphones few apps. I do not think that will change because Windows smartphones have a small market share. However if Microsoft demands that in one years time it will only accept developers made MS Universal Apps which Windows 10 mobile
smart phones can use @Windows smart phones will get fresh new apps and become
more useful to folks

posted on 03 Dec 2015, 11:42

38. nedywest71 (Posts: 15; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


The ONLY way for Microsoft Mobile OS is if they could bring FULL support/integration for x86/x64 architecture to the mobile device itself without any limitations. If there is Full Windows10 OS on compute stick, and you could load x86/x64 software from it why not via mobile phone. Existing compute sticks are not bigger than some mobile phones, and even my 12 Year Dell PC has much less power on the sheet than any of the modern flagship phones but runs most (not all) software programs. I do not think anybody will complain if cannot run Adobe Photoshop on mobile, right, but at least give as options to run other 99% of the available software everybody got on their PCs.

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