Evidence of a Microsoft Surface Phone reportedly found

Evidence of a Microsoft Surface Phone reportedly found
The rumors have long held that Microsoft is indeed working on a Surface Phone, but it hasn't really gotten much beyond rumors and speculation. This time though, a reporter is claiming to have seen evidence at Microsoft's headquarters directly proving that a Surface Phone is still in the works. Unfortunately, we just have the word of the reporter to go on. 

Luckily, the reporter in question is David Pierce, formerly with The Verge and currently working for Wired, so he's a pretty reputable source. According to Pierce, Microsoft was in the process of building a prototype phone "a few machines away" from where Microsoft was building the Surface Book laptop. Pierce didn't directly say it was the fabled Surface Phone, but he also didn't indicate that it was in any way related to Lumia branded phones, and the prototype was being built by the Surface team, which means a lot. 

Still, if it is only in prototype phase, we would expect that the earliest we might hear an official announcement by Microsoft on a Surface Phone would be in 2016, which matches up to an extent with the timeline on previous rumors. Although, the rumors that the Surface Phone might be announced in early 2016 seem unlikely, because Microsoft would need to be past prototyping and on a final design by this point in order to hit that window. 

source: Wired via pocketnow 

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39 Comments

1. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Wishlist : 5.5 inch full HD IPS NEO or OLED display with at least 73% screen to bezel ratio 20 MP back camera with larger than usual pixels, OIS, dual tone LED flash and either PDAF or laser AF 8 MP front facing camera capable of 1080p/60fps video The usual quad stereo microphones Magnesium body USB Type C port Snapdragon 820 3500 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 At least one front facing speaker Choo Choo! All aboard the hype train. I probably wouldn't buy it but this should troll the iPhone Plus series just as the Surface Pro line stole the iPad's thunder.

9. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

My contrast wishlist id: 4K 6inch Amoled didplay A surface pen capable of 2200 and above pressure sensitive Add Flash light on the front camera 8mp and above 20mp ois zeiss optic with laser or PDAF or both 3500mah removable battery IR blaster Fingerprint scanner (ultrasonic) and iris scanner CPU SD 820 or an equal alternative SD card option upto 2TB A continuum software Type c USB 4GB minimum Ram and 64GB minimum ROM If this wishlist would become true.. This would be the best productivity phone ever... Beating all Samsung notes... This should be the surface phone in waiting.. Less this would be mediocre

18. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

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33. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Damn PA really?

23. surhans

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

and price also $1500

24. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Replace overheating 820 with Intel Broxton and I am in.

25. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

That's excessive RAM on a windows phone, completely unnecessary and driver in manufacturing costs.

35. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

it's a surface... a pocket PC.

17. TechNeck

Posts: 657; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

I wouldn't want USB Type C now. I would rather wait when it's more common and less expensive IMO.

21. Subie

Posts: 2415; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

"wait when it's more common". At the speed in which the tech world moves that could be next year.

22. TechNeck

Posts: 657; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

I want it to be sooner.... ;-;

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

If it carried Intel CPU instead of ARM I'd be all for it. WP is awesome OS and with x86 architecture Continuity would get a lot more funcionality

3. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Continuum.

20. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Pardon me :d

8. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I would love to see wp interface, and x86 apps in continuity mode. And when you run them on the phone, you get two options. One would be like, not optimized you sure you want to run, and if you are plugged into continuum, it just works.

4. Wulfgardr

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

Apple is doomed: 820, the all powerful continuum, cho-chi-cho-all-aboard, Microsoft inbound!

6. fyah_king unregistered

Nah, too many sheep.

10. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Yah, they'll blindly buy whatever the bitten-fruit company makes!! *iBrainwash* meh

5. miketer

Posts: 537; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

If the Surface phone, for what we aspire it to be, was introduced in the last event, would sure have taken the thunder away from the Surface Book. Anyways, lets see if Microsoft has something really good up their sleeve to make us 'fall in love like we've never before' in tomorrow's event in Brazil.

7. miketer

Posts: 537; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

..... would sure had taken the thunder.....

11. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Oh boy here it comes. My wishlist: OLED 4K 5,5' screen SD 820 5GB ddr4 ram+ 256GB rom 4000 mAh battery Fingerprint scanner fast charging usb type-c Whireless charging 25MP zeis tripple color xenon flash+ 13MP rear camera NFC Stereo speakers Stylus support Magnesium unibody IR HIFI sound

12. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Works out for me, lumia 950 on AT&T next for 1 year, and upgrade to Surface phone

13. hortizano

Posts: 294; Member since: May 22, 2013

Mere gossip...

14. o7o

Posts: 114; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

"and the prototype was being built by the Surface team, which means a lot." Just for the record, perhaps the author doesn't know or just he forgot the fact that now there is actually no "surface team" and "lumia team" they're now all one team under Panos Panay's leadership called Microsoft Windows & Devices team, so yeah..

15. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

I don't see the point! So why did microsoft buy nokia in the first place? They only wanted its patents! First the removed nokia branding Next the sack nokia staffs Now there are building a phone on their own without nokia Microsoft just killed the company.

31. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

This happens all the time, hell google did it just the same. Stripped said company of patents then sold them off. Do I like it? No. But no hard feelings.

16. ThatJuanGuy

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

Pfft so many people asking for a Snapdragon.... What fools. The reason I dislike the 950 XL is because the garbage Snapdragon CPU. This phone NEEDS an Intel CPU, the Willow Trail SOC (Skylake) with 4GB+ of LPDDR4 memory, a 128GB+ 3D V-NAND storage that is expandable with a MicroSDXC slot, and a USB Type-C port. That would be the perfect phone.

30. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

YES. Thank you! I was shaking my head looking at all these wish-lists with the 820 as the SOC until I saw your post. If you put in an 820 all the surface phone would become is a metal Lumia 950. The point of the surface phone is to really bring home continuum with a desktop pc in a compact body. That's what the surface is about.

36. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

Spot on. If the Surface Phone is intended to reinvent the smartphone space, it needs to run x86. Then with Continuum it IS actually a pocket PC that can run the entire windows catalog of apps.

38. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

If we can get a surface pro 4 for 900 bucks, with everything it offers. I am completely confident they could do a 700 buck surface phone. 6in display usb-6....or a proprietary connector that can act like an adapter for any connection, usb mini-micro-C etc.. HDMI out (maybe) 20MP or so, as long as its good pictures Intel Soc 8GB Ram 64GB Rom SD Card Surface like keyboard attachment/cover.

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