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SurfacePhone.com now redirects to Microsoft's website - Surface Phone coming soon?

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A Surface tablet in action

A Surface tablet in action


Is Microsoft really getting ready to release a Surface Phone? Last month, we heard that such a handset could be launched sometimes in the second half of 2016, though, for now, Microsoft won't confirm anything. What may be seen as a good sign (for those who are waiting for a Surface Phone) is the fact that Microsoft is definitely interested in the Surface Phone name.

If you visit www.surfacephone.com, you'll be redirected to Microsoft's global Surface website (which, at the moment, obviously showcases only Surface tablets and related accessories). So, Microsoft not only owns the domain, but it also wants eventual visitors to know that this name belongs to it. Of course, this may not mean much: Microsoft may simply want to protect a name that's been heavily linked with a possible upcoming Windows 10 smartphone, without planning to actually use it. The again, the Surface brand is quite strong (thanks to the Surface Pro series of tablets), so a Surface Phone kind of makes sense - especially since the Lumia family doesn't seem to be as successful as Microsoft wants it to be.

Back in October, a report had it that Microsoft's Surface team was working on a smartphone prototype. If this is the rumored Surface Phone, or a device that will never be commercially available, that's anyone's guess. Hopefully, it won't be long before we hear more about the Surface Phone.

source: SurfacePhone via Reddit, WM Power User

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posted on 27 Jan 2016, 14:44 5

1. Martineverest (Posts: 350; Member since: 27 Oct 2015)


The king is coming

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 20:27 7

17. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1214; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


Thats what WP fanboys said about the new lumia 950 and 950XL.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 09:40

23. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


well said +1

950 and 950XL are not even soldiers. may be cleaning staff of soldiers

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 08:59

31. phonegeek1212 (Posts: 52; Member since: 14 Aug 2015)


Sadly True..but hopes are really high from the Panos phone

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 06:41

38. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


other than odd software bugs what is there not to like?

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 14:45

2. Martineverest (Posts: 350; Member since: 27 Oct 2015)


World first phone to power vr?

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 14:47 1

3. Commentator (Posts: 3685; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


It's happening!!!!!!

(Maybe.)

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 14:47 2

4. Martineverest (Posts: 350; Member since: 27 Oct 2015)


My dream is coming through... It's gradually falling into shape.. Revolution Is here

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 09:41

24. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


nightmare of microsoft is in the process

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 14:48 2

5. Martineverest (Posts: 350; Member since: 27 Oct 2015)


Doomsday for iPhone 7 and and galaxies

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 16:19 2

10. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 479; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Doubt it. The (Surface Phone) sounds interesting on paper, but IMO it'll amount to a niche flash in the pan. If this were something people really wanted Sammy and Apple would already be moving in this direction.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 09:42

25. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


Doomsday for no one. Another joke from a microsoft is in the making. I think microsoft love Mr. Bean series.

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 15:13

7. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2981; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


I'm very doubtful the technology is there yet to make this Surface Phone a reality:

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

Perhaps it could be a SmartPhone that converts into a Surface 4 since SmartPhones already exceed the performance of Atom processors. But we shall see what innovation Panos Panay comes up with...If we could just have hot-swapping of CPUs in Windows, that would be the ultimate solution to bridging the gap between the SmartPhone, Tablet, Laptop AND Desktop form-factors of a PC, and the practical version of the Asus Padfone would become reality.

https://db.tt/FNle2DAA

https://db.tt/Exl53eY0

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 16:15

32. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1048; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


They do not exceed the performance of the Atom processors, you cannot compare ARM to x86...

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 21:54

33. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2981; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


In Geekbench scores, they certainly do:

http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/search?page=1&q=Surface+3&utf8=%E2%9C%93

Isn't that comparing the computation power of the processor?

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 05:01

34. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1048; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


You are attempting to compare a truck vs a race car, they are completely separate things, judged differently, capable of doing different things.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 06:18

37. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2981; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Yeah, true, we'll just have to wait and see what processor they put in the Surface Phone.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 05:04

35. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1048; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


Additionally, that benchmark wrongly identifies the version of Windows on the Surface pro 3 as 32-bit, instead of 64-bit.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 06:16

36. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2981; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


No, that's the score you get when you're dumb enough like some youtube reviewers (Waj comes to mind) to be using the 32-bit version of geekbench on the 64-bit version of Windows...

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 15:22 2

8. digitalfiz (Posts: 8; Member since: 16 Apr 2013)


They might have just bought the domain from someone who was squatting to prevent confusion.

Melbourne IT DBS, Inc. used to be the owners check out:
who.is/domain-history/surfacephone.com

Sorry can't post links yet :-/

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 15:38 2

9. Emmanuelz (Posts: 160; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


No apps

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 17:18

13. Martineverest (Posts: 350; Member since: 27 Oct 2015)


Bluestack,amiduos are enough

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 18:16 2

14. sip1995 (Posts: 1575; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


You just come to write your comment..... Goood troll,

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 18:18

15. newuser1 (Posts: 257; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


No apps??? most useful app are available for windows and windows phone. what apps you want to flood small screen your phone with?

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 09:45

26. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


only microsoft fans dont want any apps. It is ok for them.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 06:53

39. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


600k, I remember when android hit 200k not very long ago and the world was drooling over it. please 1.5million apps, half are repeats...while I agree choice is great.

I want apps, but the idea we have no apps? My 100+ app phone says other wise. Two things I am missing, some games that I see on tv I want to try and my bank app (which is ok the one on android is a webwrapper)

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 16:35

11. jeroome86 (Posts: 1129; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Is this a Windows phone made by Microsoft or something new?

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 16:50 2

12. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1048; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


At best the Surface phone will dominate the enterprise market(I say this as a windows phone/Microsoft fan).

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 06:55

40. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I agree, it will probably take 3 versions to claw into the market like the orginal surface did.

The only way they will sell...ads ads ads...more ads...and actual presence in carrier stores with their own lit up display.

Working at a carrier, I get to see how displays matter. We used to do tests and put random crap phones in the nice display...the sales would stupidly boost because in peoples mind....if it was on the nice display it was the best.

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 18:18

16. newuser1 (Posts: 257; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


SurfacePhone.com not working .

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 21:50 1

18. htcisthebest (Posts: 197; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


I hope they manage to put a high-end Intel CPU into the Surface Phone. Don't let us down MS.

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 23:47 1

20. VVayne (Posts: 90; Member since: 01 Oct 2015)


Won't help them.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 01:39

21. Switch00 (Posts: 473; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


Progress is a slow process in microsoft smartphone division. Always coming soon. I mean I feel like they want to starve my 1520 to death because its a competition way to strong for their newbies.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 11:07

29. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1545; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


At least MS Universal Apps will give Old Lumia smart phones running
Windows 10 so new Apps. I think Microsoft should make at least one
Windows smart phone that Runs a modified version of the Windows 10 desktop OS
this smart phone would run All Window 10 desktop PC store Apps which are growing in number, run MS Universal apps, and run some win32 full Desktop PC Programs which would be best used in it's "Continuum" mode. a lot of people especially Windows smart phone fans would buy this smart phone

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 01:51

22. Akr706 (Posts: 4; Member since: 02 Oct 2014)


"Creation Date: 30-may-2007"

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 10:52

28. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1545; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Folks Microsoft Windows smart phones have not sold well in the USA and China but enough are sold world wide for Microsoft to continue selling them. i use one. MS devices VP Mr Panay says Microsoft is working on many devices. The ARMS CPU Lumia Smart phones have not gotten the Apps gap down I think That Microsoft has to make a Surface smart model that uses's Intel mobile x86 CPU's to run a modified full Windows 10 desktop OS that will Enable the Surface Pro smart phone to Run all the Windows 10 Desktop store Apps , MS Universal apps and some full win32 Desktop Programs which would be best used in the Surface Pro smart phones "Continuum" mode. Windows smart phone fans want this smart Phones because it's truly Compatible with all Microsoft Windows 10 devices and is a Pocket PC. This smart phone will not be for everybody but a Pocket PC
smart phone Hybrid if built right is a very very useful device that many people will buy and use.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 04:19

30. SkyfallWalker (Posts: 73; Member since: 28 Jan 2016)


Cant wait

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