Microsoft Surface Phone concept sports a 6-inch display and elegant design

The Surface Phone remains an enigma

The Surface Phone remains an enigma


Talk of Microsoft's Surface Phone has been on-off for the past few years. Redmond's struggles in the smartphone arena have been well documented, and it remains to be seen whether the rumors of an assault on the high-end handset market will ever materialize. Given Windows Mobile's current status as a very distant third to Android and iOS, it'll surely take a humdinger of a device to convince consumers that the platform is worth a look in, and a new concept once again imagines what a Surface Phone might look like. 

Front view showcases large display and dual speaker grilles

Front view showcases large display and dual speaker grilles

The Surface tablet line has been a success for Microsoft, but does little to offset the smartphone failings of the Windows maker. A Surface Phone would, if anything like the concepts we've seen, force people to stand up and take notice. The latest effort by Polish designer Bartlomiej Tarnowski is rather different from previous Surface Phone visuals, but sticks with the script of Type Cover and Surface Pen peripherals.

Surface Pen would place the Surface Phone up against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which includes Sammy's very own S Pen. Hypothetically, if such a device were ready for market now, it'd likely have a field day against a handset fraught with battery-related woes

We do struggle to see where a detachable keyboard would fit into the smartphone world, though. Sure, it looks nice in this concept, but even if tucked away within a cover, it seems improbable that users would fold out and type on a physical keyboard when the screen is a mere 6 inches in diameter. We'd be more than happy if the real product ditched the keyboard and kickstand ideas entirely, though Netflix junkies may disagree with the latter. 

Around the edges, we see sensor-based areas that presumably replace traditional buttons. They do look somewhat awkward from a visual aspect, but we'd definitely be intrigued to see this idea explored further. Indeed, it's not too dissimilar to what HTC's said to be cooking up with its recently-leaked Ocean series.

Like many handsets of today's market, this concept includes super-thin bezels. There's certainly something to be said for a favorable screen-to-body ratio, which is rather easy on the eye and ensures a device's footprint peddles as much display real estate as possible. 

Back on Planet Earth, a recent patent filing hinted that Microsoft's Surface Phone could eventually include a fingerprint scanner baked into the display. Whether the device has any legitimate future remains to be seen, and while recent signs are generally not good, here's hoping the Surface dream still has some steam left inside of it. 

Take a look at the concept up close in the gallery, and be sure to share your thoughts below.

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32 Comments

1. SIGPRO

Posts: 2809; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Looks nice, i would buy it!

32. Trung

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 29, 2016

I want it too if they can really work with x86 programmes, so powerful and useful phone compare to apple products.

2. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I like the addition of the smart connect and front facing speakers, but overall, still prefer this concept ( http://sck.pm/5L ).

11. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 905; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Yes that one looks great. The one above is terrible.

30. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

I like the look of this one. Very sexy but probably unrealistic. https://mspoweruser.com/another-lumia-940-xl-concept-looks-very-lickable/

3. wormworm

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 26, 2016

if run full windows i bought it

5. Nopers unregistered

No way it will. Intel stopped its atom line for mobile so only ARM for mobile.

9. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

didnt intel say they were returning to mobile last week

28. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Microsoft should just continued with their wm6.5 business strategy which is to integrate phone with PC functionality instead of copying Apple iOS lock down ecosystem. They actually disappear from the mobile market from years to make Windows Phone 7. A cut down restrictive mobile OS like the one in iOS. Remember there no file manager in wp7, no Bluetooth file transfer both features that are present in windows mobile. The current low market share is their own doing. And their fan does deserve the pain of buying in an under performing platform for being stubborn. I was very happy with Windows Mobile but Windows Phone is just a sad excuse to lock their customers in.

12. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Never say never, who knows what Innovation Microsoft has up its sleeve. Might get a Core M phone...

24. SIGPRO

Posts: 2809; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Intel announced 2 weeks ago that they will return to the mobile market! I guess PA forgot to pick that up!

4. Derekjeter

Posts: 1438; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

For this to be successful they need to make a dual boot OS. It needs to have Android or else what's the difference from any Windows phone that's out now. They just don't sell.

8. Podrick

Posts: 1282; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

If its able to run x86 apps, it'll be great. Devs will need to optimize the UI and running professional programs might not be possible or atleast they'll be nowhere near as good because of the screen size limitations. But the apps will be better than on current phones if MS is able to attract them. But they'll probably end up screwing it.

6. truthwins unregistered

That thing is a pure beauty .

7. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

Now why don't any of these thousand dollars phone look like that? but no, they have to look all plain and simple, i hate that about all current manufacturers.

13. Bankz

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

My pain exactly. All the flagship phones while beautiful, just looks plain boring and so uninteresting. Even with their billions. I know it isn't really as simple as we're making it out to be but how hard can it actually be?

10. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Game is over Microsoft. You don't have place in smartphone market.

26. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

YOU DON'T GET IT DO YOU The "Surface smart phone or most windows 10 mobile smart phones will be a device that through the use of MS Universal apps will be the BEST SMART PHONE to use with Windows 10 Desktop PC's, Laptops Ultra books, and PC tablets like the "Surface Pro" Tablets because an Microsoft "Universal" app can run on all these PC's that Run the Full Windows 10 Operating system and will also Run on a Windows 10 mobile smart phone. this is System integration of Microsoft software across all Microsoft devices.

14. Bankz

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

There's no way windows will sell on mobile imo. They're kind of in the egg and chicken situation at this point with apps and adoption.

15. wereallbiased

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

visually I like what i'm seeing. An attractive phone with a great looking interface. However, thats not the problem. The app store is where Windows is really lacking, and in todays smartphone world without a decent app offering, you're just dead in the water. For that reason alone I would never switch to windows offerings. Sexy designs though.

16. miketer

Posts: 481; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

They were working on a project to port over android and ios apps. Then they scrapped it. That project and such concepts seeing sunshine would've been great for the future of Windows Mobile platform

17. wereallbiased

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Yeah it could have been great, as would the idea of just combining the best of ios, android, windows, and blackberry into a super mutant phone..however in the real world google and Apple never allow such a thing to happen.

29. miketer

Posts: 481; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

I was talking about porting apps from other OS's, not about combining OS's. The game Candy Crush Saga is been ported from IOS to Win Mobile. But then, they scrapped the whole project due to some reasons.

20. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well if its can run full desktop application this would be a non issue. Load of pretty good android virtual machine for pc now around. Playing lots of games on bluestack on my pc at home too.

18. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

HTC design ripoff.

19. wereallbiased

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Everyone rips everyone off at this point in the game my friend.

21. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

What's the difference between the Windows phone and this Surface line coming out?

27. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

The current line of devices offer nothing over an Android Smartphone + Andromium OS app installed. Same full-PC-wannabe experience with Continuum, still relying on a separate remote PC to get anything serious out of them. A true Surface Phone will be the gateway to practical 4-in-1 devices, similar to what the SyncPhone ( https://goo.gl/KGmi0z ) was going to be, but of course with proper Smartphone UI for Continuum. Smartphone + Pocket Notepad (on its own), Tablet + Digitizer Drawing Board (when docked in a Tablet Dock like the ASUS PadFone, https://goo.gl/tZ4XYF ), Laptop (with keyboard attached), and Desktop (when docked in Desktop Dock like the current Surface line). TLDR: It'll be a 0 compromise Pocket PC.

22. wereallbiased

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

nothing...just a name change to make it sound cool

23. Lsh99

Posts: 38; Member since: Sep 26, 2016

I guess they have to keep trying.

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