Edge browser on the Surface Phone is benchmarked by HTML5TEST?


The website for HTML5TEST, a benchmark used to test browsers, reveals that Microsoft has been prepping the Surface Phone. The browser test was on version 12 of Edge, the new name that Microsoft has given its browser. The version of Windows 10 Mobile employed on the phone was 10240, an older pre-release version of the platform. The dated version of the Edge browser used, along with the older version of the OS, would indicate that Microsoft has been working on the Surface Phone for some time.

Back in August, we told you that the Surface Phone will be released early next year with a 5.5-inch Clearback AMOLED display, carrying a 1440 x 2560 resolution. One part of the rumor that seems strange is that an Intel Atom X3 SoC will reportedly be under the hood. This chip previously has been announced for entry-level handsets, not to drive high-end models with a QHD display.

Microsoft decided to make the Lumia 950 an AT&T exclusive, despite requests from the other major U.S. carriers to offer the new phone. Some have taken this to be a sign that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Surface chief Panos Panay are both strongly in favor of concentrating on the Surface Phone over the Lumia line.

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source: Winfuture.de (translated)

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18 Comments

1. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I'm glad they're focusing on their own brand instead of buidling off of the Lumia brand. Hopefully it's as well built and designed as the Surface book. I'd like to see Google move away from the Nexus line and build their own Pixel line as well. With this news that it'll be released in early 2016, why would people want to buy the 950 and 950 XL now when it's so close?

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5688; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

IMO MS should use the Surface brand for their flagship phones (successors to the 950 and 950 XL) And the Lumia brand for their flagship "camera phone" (successors to the 1020) and mid-low end phones (successors the 850, 750, ...)

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I believe they're planning this as a getaway from "Nokia". Nokia-Microsoft alliance is soon getting over and they need to come up with their own device. Definitely a good time to start making things.

18. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Surface smart phone using the new Intel Atom smart phone CPU's can run the full Windows 10 operating system which means they can run some full desktop windows 32 programs, Universal Apps and the Windows 8/10 store Apps. in continuum mode they would BE a PC smart phone more compatible with a desktop Computer than any smart phone ever made including the New MS 950/950XL smartphones

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Edge browser....eyyyy

13. Plutonium239

Posts: 1212; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

A modern browser, leaving Chrome behind just as Chrome left Internet Explorer behind. Chrome has gone the way of Internet Explorer, deviating from web standards and becoming slower and more bloated over time.

15. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

gotta love css needed -webkit for chrome on some things, because you know 'standards'

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I've said it a lot, and I'm saying it again. I want this to become something like the following www.pcworld.com/article/2907539/this-fake-microsoft-surface-phone-is-the-flagship-smartphone-we-want.html If they can at-least make Windows Phone versatile and customizable as Android, and we see progress on the app gap closing, then maybe I'll finally buy a Windows Phone.

6. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

To bad the test used is meh

7. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

I feel like hitting that Satya Nadella on his head. He doesn't know what his is doing. So because surface tablet is selling you think surface phone would two? This guys pratically thinks the suface team is better than the nokia team, if that's wrong, he won't had sacked nokia workers. This is the idea behind the surface phone.....else I don't see any need at all for a surface phone or any reason it would out sell lumia. Microsoft just bought nokia patents in disguise.

8. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Intel inside is the best way to go. There have been talks of continuum Plus for x86 windows phones with enhanced functionality over ARM based phones.

9. Joulukas

Posts: 115; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

And that makes me think, should I get 950XL or wait for surface/continuum Plus. that 600-700€ is quite enough of a reason to rethink my phone purchasing strategies. The fact that new phone was built around SD810, which has had problems (lets hope the liquid cooling works nice) instead Intel, was also supprise for me. Since my current phone might want change, dont think can wait for next gen MS phone and must relay on 950XL for next 2 years.

10. nighthawk_al

Posts: 55; Member since: May 23, 2014

This is the perfect news, launched in the perfect time to kill the hype for 950/XL. Good job...

11. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

The hype for the 850 died with the decision to make it a att exclusive imo.

12. nighthawk_al

Posts: 55; Member since: May 23, 2014

I don't believe that it was MS's decision to make it exclusive... Nobody else wanted to get it. However, it is still being sold unlocked, wich is the best option according to me

14. Plutonium239

Posts: 1212; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The Surface Phone would likely be geared to Enterprise and Government users and they don't need high end hardware, especially running Windows 10 Mobile(which runs better on low end hardware than Android). It is more secure than Android and IOS(iOS is the most vulnerable mobile OS there is, with more than double the vulnerabilities than Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 combined). It seems that there has been so many major vulnerabilities for Android being discovered recently. Think of how many exploits there are for Android that aren't public knowledge that the black hats keep to themselves.

16. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Every week we deal with infected androids, its a billion dollar business for a reason

17. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Folks let me educate you an Atom Mobile cpu used in the surface smartphone is a GENIoUS idea because the Atom X3 C3440 0r x3 C3445 CPU's can run the Full Windows 10 desktop/Tablet operating System and that includes Windows 32 desktop programs that number in the MILLIONS and they can run MS Universal Apps and all Microsoft Windows 8/10 store apps. They will be very powerful and useful in "Continuum mode" The Surface smart phone will be a true smartphone/Pocket PC A new class of smart phones. the one Windows smartphone smart phones lovers should have

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