Leaked Surface Phone alleged image shows a conservative look and touch-type cover


Any hopeful Microsoft phone fans around? Sorry guys, Lumia phones are deader than they've ever been, and for the time being, it looks like we'll have to get used to living in a Lumia-less world. But Team Redmong is still keeping a sliver of light inside the proverbial tunnel, in the form of the enigmatic Surface phone. Such an entity has been in discussion for as long as the Surface line of devices has existed. It's been left imagined by plenty of designers, rumored by many a specs mongers, and completely unmentioned by the Microsoftians in charge.

After a long period of silence, the Surface Phone has returned to the rumor sphere. Yesterday, a detailed report described the heavyweight spec sheets of three alleged Surface Phone models, all powered by Qualcomm's yet-unreleased Snapdragon 830 chipset, featuring mammoth amounts of RAM and storage memory, and costing a pretty penny.

This possibility comes as expected for a device of the Surface-series, which has traditionally targeted professional Windows users with high demands for hardware power and integrity. Also, the device in question probably won't hit the market until next year, which gives those forward-looking specs more credibility.

Today, we follow up on that bit of news with what might be a legitimate render of the enigmatic Surface Phone. It comes from the source of a recent Lumia 850 photo leak, and way back, an alleged render of the Lumia 650 that turned out to be accurate. We have no means of establishing whether the photo originates from Microsoft or it's a fan-made design, but both possibilities ring true.

The smartphone is pictured inside a keyboard case reminiscent of the notably slim, long discontinued Surface Touch Cover and has an USB Type-C port on the bottom, a headphone jack on top, and a familiar-looking camera module with a dual-LED flash.

While we doubt that this is precisely how the Surface Phone will end up looking, we can't imagine Microsoft steering too far away from this direction. Made with business professionals in mind, the device is bound to look conservative and be made of sturdy metal. But who knows, maybe Microsoft will come up with something else entirely! Amidst all the uncertainty, take this image with a grain of salt, and debate away.

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source: Nokibar via Neowin

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31 Comments

1. AlikMalix unregistered

Navi is going to be extra happy this Monday.

7. yann

Posts: 613; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Why the hell they need to put such a ugly camera module on the back, like 950xl? Didn't learn the lesson with 950's? Even business want nice design, not ugly like this. If this is true, then Microsft should expect another fall - this time Surface fall. By the way - if this design is true, then it is obvious that 950's are Microsoft designed, not old Nokia designs like some people tried to tell. Sorry for my English.

11. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Taking design cues from the old family line is nothing new, and yes the 950 was of Nokias old team. As well the camera module on the 950xl for me has garnered many, oh s**t that is nice....type of responses than anyone saying it is ugly.

16. yann

Posts: 613; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Was from Nokia old team my a*s. Designed by blind Micrsoft team - look 930, even 1020 was prettier despite huge hump on the back. 950's was children of incompetent Microsoft team that already take what it deserve - less than 1% marketshare. They was guilty to put Nokia on their knee's, but now they taste their own fruits.

17. g2a5b0e unregistered

Yes, I'm sure the reason the phones you mentioned failed is because of their camera design. Some of you people who frequent this site need to realize that 99% of the world doesn't care about the petty things you bring up in internet forums.

20. yann

Posts: 613; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

For what you should buy phone with crappy OS, still in beta, without apps? For the cheap plastic design? Even 930, 1020, 830, 925 etc. had plastic, but memorised design. For the camera? They can't compete nor with iPhone, nor with Samsung. That was advantage of NOKIA phones. At least the camera was years ahead of competition. For the ugly camera hump? This is not 1020 camera king, for it's time. What left? Stupid iris scanner? Resuming? Crashing? Lagging? Windows 8.1 was light, windows 10 is not. Not finished, not light, not rich of features, not rich of apps. It is simply NOT. That's why Microsoft is d.e.a.d. - not just mobile business. That was the beginning of the end. Because mobile is the future. United mobile and desktop. Google is on it's way. Apple maybe also is working on such approach. If a software company lose battle in mobile, they lose the future. Now Microsoft is the new Nokia. The question is: Who will buy them? Maybe Apple or Samsung? Maybe Google? Will see.

22. g2a5b0e unregistered

All I heard was blah, blah, blah, I ramble on about nothing & need to learn better English.

23. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Then you might want to tell my 950xl to quite acting right...and without apps? damnit I need to uninstall the 100 or so I have in there, according to yann it cant have those... Camera...cant compete? shoot need to put it away, cant beat the iphone (yawn it can). Resuming? very few if ever throughout the day, no more than a flagship android saying "unknown error" "this app is not responding" "insert any random error". We can talk about OS getting updates, but when another OS gets updates its a good thing (even when its to fix its own problems it created). We can go on and on about the errors iOS has after updates, or Android too. Hell I have to deal with Samsungs 6.0 launch and killing apps unless you manually go and clear the data or reinstall them, but since you cant reinstall the stock sms app you have to clear it out, yea something everyone knows how to do, just another day in android land here at work. Google is on its way to make its wanting chrome OS useful, that's about it. A threat? always, especially when you rebrand limited mobile apps as the new desktop...and sheep buy it. I have owned the 1020, the 930, the 1520, used for many weeks other windows devices, like the 640/640xl/alcatel/htc's and now the 950 and 950xl. You were 'almost' intelligent till your rant here in post 20

28. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

crappy OS, still in beta, without apps?????? good to hear you want to spend end less time scroll your tiny screen with full of useless apps with ads and pop ups. camera? They can't compete nor with iPhone, nor with Samsung. That was advantage of NOKIA phones? 950XL camera images show more details than any other phones even zoom out to full screen. can you list any android phone can receive update every week as windows mobile insider does?

30. yann

Posts: 613; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

They do not have BETA OS installednand do not need every week update to fix few useless things and to crash few more. Take your windows phone and go cry for its death. Blablalba

27. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

camera design? can you provide a drawing of good looking phone?

25. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

because it's fake some kid made it. Gee wonder why.

2. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

False!false!!.....microsoft is not apple or samsung: surface devices doesnt leak

3. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Meh, I was thinking of a slimmer design with dual front facing speakers. It's just so boring.

4. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Use an intel chip and make the software natively run android apps and you have a winner device.

5. HR_19

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 2014

If they use a powerful enough Intel chip and kids integrate some sort of emulator, but give said emulator direct hardware access, it should perform fine. Especially if they begin to support the Vulkan APIs, and give some sort of pass through. Or hell, let me dual boot!

6. HR_19

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 2014

Literally the only reason I haven't switched to Windows phone is because of the app gap, but I just got an Android tablet, so I might switch soon anyway.

8. HR_19

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 2014

With that awesome looking HP Elite X3...

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

The HP Elite X3 is one sexy beast of s smartphone!

18. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3123; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

That Alcatel looks sharp. It may be an interesting battle between the two if the cameras step up. The Bang & Olufsen speakers haven't wowed me on my Spectre x2 Detachable so I'm hoping the HP's imaging brings the "noise".

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. The Alcatel Windows beast looks awesome. Glad to see Microsoft's hardware partners are stepping up to the plate.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

Definitely looking forward to the Surface Phone. We badly need a disruptive 3rd player in the smartphone field, and Microsoft can definitely be that, should this be done right.

12. Diego!

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Dear Microsoft, GFY. See ya never again!

13. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Im sure its not a surface phone pictured.

14. rsiders

Posts: 1934; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

This image is laughable at best. This is as bland and an uninspiring as the Lumia 950/XL and I seriously doubt Microsoft would make that mistake with such a long awaited device especially with the likes of Panos Panay at the helm of the design. Plus with the phone not due until spring 2017, it's way too early for this nonsense.lol

21. xq10xa

Posts: 808; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

" I seriously doubt Microsoft would make that mistake with such a long awaited device" Have you not been following Microsoft for the last 7 years? They have bombed every single device they have ever made. WP was a failure in everyway from sales to just being a viable phone eco system. Microsoft is a PC software company. Everything else they do from Zune, Xbox, Phones, is trash.

24. Pdubb

Posts: 249; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

The XBOX has been decent and the Surface has done what Apple has done and that is redefined an entire segment.

15. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Is that keyboard even practical!

26. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That keyboard sure looks impractical and the overall hardware design doesn't look appealing as the Surface Pro and Surface Book IMO, looks way too generic. It running on ARM just makes things worse...

29. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Fake leak.

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