Don't wait for Microsoft's Surface Phone until fall 2017, or better not wait at all

Don't wait for Microsoft's Surface Phone until fall 2017, or better not wait at all
We're pretty sure that many of you are willing to give Microsoft and Windows Phone one more chance if the Redmond-based company keeps its promise and finally releases that too long-awaited Surface Phone.

But that doesn't seem to happen to soon, according to the latest reports. ZDnet's Mary Jo Foley claims that the Surface Phone, if Microsoft is indeed going to launch it, won't be unveiled until later next year.

Another report confirms Mary Jo Foley's claim and adds that the Surface Phone could be announced as early as fall 2017 or, in the worst case scenario, sometime in 2018.

If you're wondering whether or not Microsoft will ever launch another smartphone powered by Windows Phone, you need a short history that explains why the company hasn't been capable to launch the highly-anticipated Surface Phone, even though the device is rumored for around 4 years.

We'll need to start with the McLaren project, a flagship Windows Phone canceled by Microsoft because of some issues with the phone's components. Instead of its own flagship smartphone, the Redmond-based company had to team up with HTC to come up with a high-end device powered by Windows Phone 8.1.

Believe it or not, the same thing happened this year, as Microsoft was supposed to launch the Surface Phone in fall 2016. However, since Intel decided to pull out from the mobile market, Microsoft was left without the heart and soul of the Surface Phone, which should have included an Intel x86 CPU inside.

Microsoft dropped the Surface Phone project once again and teamed up with HP for the launch of Elite x3, the most powerful Windows Phone now available on the market.

The next deadline for Microsoft's Surface Phone is fall 2017, but considering the previous experiences, we would recommend Windows Phone fans to treat that timeframe with caution. The Surface Phone might actually never happen if Microsoft continues to take bad decisions.



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65 Comments

1. kiko007

Posts: 7379; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

This.Is.Priceless. And people thought that Turing phone was vaporware........

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 20999; Member since: May 28, 2014

I still think the Surface Phone will happen. It's just gonna be a while before it actually comes to fruition.

4. kiko007

Posts: 7379; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I'm looking forward to it honestly. It's just the wait is killing any hope for WM. If another delay happens, WM may be done. Having said that...... I wonder what feature set it will have. They have to have something really, really, really cool for their to be this many delays.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 20999; Member since: May 28, 2014

I agree. They must have something really innovative lined up. I'm eager to see it. I can be patient for a while longer.

18. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

It honestly would probably be in MS's best interest to wait. No way could they compete with the status quo with today's technology. If MS is primed for a revolution (and here's no guarantee they are) it would start with their advantage in full-blown PCs, and that's just not feasible right now for anyone. But now I sound like a typical MS fanboy...

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 20999; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nah, you don't, lol. But that's also why I think Microsoft is waiting. They want their phones to be full PC's in your pocket. Now THAT would be something.

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't think the Surface phone is going to happen anytime soon. I'd wager it to never happen at all.

32. Switch00

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

WM is crap. It has no future, except if it changes everything except its name.

64. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

If they are pushing to 2018 thats almost 3 years since the launch of the 950.. either a tack to an Android based WP is in the works.. or they are done. At least until someone makes a x86 chipset for mobile again that is powerful enough. UNLESS the new surface PC chips are getting small enough to run on a mobile phone. Either way something is up.. but for all purposes I think the current WM10 is dead. MS is giving up on this version.

9. Rafishant

Posts: 389; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

No matter how the hardware is great, they could never produce a successful phone with this lame OS. Windows Phone problem wasn't the hardware at all. They had the legend Nokia hardware,but it miserably failed to pay off. I could have big hopes in WM if I see Microsoft really supports it and pushes the boundaries. But in fact, Microsoft completely ignored WM and didn't show any effort to support and develop this platform. I don't think Panos would accept to have a DOA product in his great Surface department.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 20999; Member since: May 28, 2014

We won't know whether it's dead or not until we finally see the Surface Phone released. What Microsoft did with Nokia's hardware unit was appalling. We all get that. But it's over and done now. Nokia has moved on to Android. I think we'll all be pleasantly surprised by what the Surface Phone brings. Besides, duopolies SUCK. We need as many players in the game as possible. For the sake of CHOICE.

23. GreenMan

Posts: 2667; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@meanestgenius You know what? I'm starting to like you...! At first I thought you're just another mini-Techie... A blind Samsung and/or Android praiser... But now... Well... I guess we are not so different, you and I... And THAT'S a HUGE compliment from my end, mate! I quote: "We need as many players in the game as possible. For the sake of CHOICE."... All I can say is: Ditto...! But I don't like a choice that suffer from "identity issues"... I want a good, solid and genuine choice... Having a TON of Phones with a similar OS isn't exactly a CHOICE in my book... Regardless of brand or hardware or whatever, at the end of the day, you're stuck with the same old OS...! I'm tired of Android, mate... I'm sick of it... Sick of each and every phone running the bloody OS... Where's the creativity that's the hallmark of mankind...? Anyhow, now you've a good idea why I tend to despise Android... It might be perfect, but I want CHOICES... Otherwise, mobile world is as good as communism...! Not a compliment... Anyhow, do forgive me as I once called you a "MinusGenius"... My humblest apologies, dear friend... G'Day!

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 20999; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! I'm definitely NOT a Samsung fan. I'm not really that into Android, to be honest. I like certain OEM's take on Android, but that's it. Not a fan of Google, either. I just take issue when I see trolls doing their usual BS with any OS/OEM acting like their OS/OEM of choice has no faults. We do need choice. The more, the merrier and all that. It's what's best for the consumer. And I don't like "sameness" either. That's why OS's like BB10 and Windows attract me so much. Lol, I accept your apology. And please accept my apology for thinking that you're nothing more than a petty troll of the highest caliber. Deuces.

40. GreenMan

Posts: 2667; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I quote: "And please accept my apology for thinking that you're nothing more than a petty troll of the highest caliber." Of the HIGHEST caliber...? Really...!? Doesn't sound too bad to me mate, but apology accepted anyway! Guess we are even now, eh mate?! Anyhow, G'Day!

43. meanestgenius

Posts: 20999; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, I guess we are, indeed. Deuces.

50. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 883; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Ditto?! Where?! I need to catch it!

65. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

I expect Nokia to make a Android phone, but whole launcher and language looks and feels WP.. as I think that would sell well.

37. go4bigfuzz

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 09, 2016

The OS is anything but lame. In fact it's more powerful than either Android or iOS, and it runs smoother longer because it doesn't install fragmented apps that have to pull from 10+ file locations just to run. Microsoft's advertising wasn't there, thus app support want there. The OS is near perfect if you ask anyone who knows remotely anything about phones and isn't a diehard for some other OS.

41. dnomadic

Posts: 346; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Agreed!! Count me among the few that love Windows Phone. I believe it to be the Perfect marriage of iOS and Android. Customizable (not to degree of Android) with a fluidity that is equal or better than iOS. If they figure out how to get app support from the banks and the key social media apps they can make a run at being a viable solution to the big two. Please Microsoft, don't let us down.

38. go4bigfuzz

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 09, 2016

I'm holding my breath for January at the latest. Amazon and PayPal both pulled their primary apps from the store which would indicate a big change, and I know for a fact that Microsoft is poised to strike a VERY specific Apple market, but I can't talk about that :(

5. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I'm actually sad about Windows Phone not succeeding, I love its very simple interface, and it runs pretty fast even on low end hardware. iOS vs Android got pretty boring.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I agree. Besides Android and ios, there's really no other mobile OS out there besides Windows.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 20999; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. Duopolies SUCK.

17. Fona13A unregistered

And the people who only want duopolies (AKA most of GSMArena's illiterate commentators) are even worse. Less competition, less innovation, and less caring about how quality your products are.

19. FBIsurveilance

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 10, 2014

Sadly MS seemed to have given up. Jolla was going nowhere, and BlackBerry OS10 is long abandoned. Now looked at what the survivors are doing with their stuffs. Boring sameness

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Jolla was DOA and blackberry is just dead. I agree. +1.

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 20999; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agree with the boring sameness. Especially with Apple. I was expecting more from them with iOS10 and the new iPhones.

33. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Some people are still living in jealousy and denial. They just can't accept the fact that Apple is stepping their game up while their OEM is nothing more than fodder.

42. meanestgenius

Posts: 20999; Member since: May 28, 2014

You just explained yourself perfectly. I'm proud of you. You're actually admitting your jealousy and denial. Admittance is the first step to getting cured. However, it's too bad for you that said OEM is more important than your OEM where it counts, and that's to the people that run the world. Your OEM isn't even on the radar in that aspect.

51. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Oh look, it's meanest trying to ready himself for another verbal beatdown because he hates hearing the cold hard truth. Get over it.

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