Microsoft Surface Phone? New leaks suggest it's still happening!

It was about a couple of years ago when Microsoft called it quits on the hardware side of the smartphone market and said it will focus on developing its software suite for mobile, continue to develop Windows 10 for all platforms, but leave phone-building to 3rd party manufacturers. The Lumia 950 and 950 XL were the last top-tier Windows phones made by Redmond itself.

But rumors that Microsoft is planning another top-tier phone just refuse to die. The so-called Surface Phone is a mythical creature that lives in legends that may or may not turn out to be true.

According to the rumor mill, it's a foldable smartphone, which can transform into a tablet when "opened" — kind of like the ZTE Axon M, which we recently reviewed. One of the main reasons why the rumors of the Surface Phone still live on is the fact that we keep seeing new patents, granted to Microsoft, that tie in with features of the alleged foldable device.

The Win Central has now stumbled upon a patent outlining a couple of different ways that a camera might work with one such phone. In one of them, we have the camera lens on one of the phone's halves and the imaging module on the other one. Both of them attach to each other via a magnetic connection when the device "closes" to go from tablet mode to phone mode. The second patent explains how the camera's secondary module would be concealed by a mechanical flap whenever the device is in an "open" state, so that's the module's internals don't show.

A Microsoft job opening for someone skilled in Qualcomm and Intel chipsets also hints that the company has a mobile device in store, It's speculated that the would-be phone will be powered by Andromeda — the Windows 10 for phones, which also supports ARM, a.k.a. it would be able to run desktop apps.

Last but not least, Windows enthusiast WalkingCat has spotted references to an unknown "Journal" app in Windows Whiteboard. There's also mention of a "left page and right page", which could mean the left and right screen parts of the foldable Surface Phone.

This sure sounds exciting and awesome. Would you be pumped for a foldable Microsoft phone / tablet (maybe this is what we actually should call "phablet") that can run ARM apps?

source: WinCentral (1, 2, 3)



1. Diego!

Posts: 876; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

And here we go again... After supporting the now dead Windows Phone 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile, I won't ever buy a Microsoft Smartphone again. They should fire Satya Nadella because he is the one who decided to kill Windows 10 Mobile and then I might consider going back. In the meantime, Android is my ship.

2. Peacetoall unregistered

I hope satya nadellas do same thing what stephen elop did to Nokia

5. Diego!

Posts: 876; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

I hope Bill Gates steps in, and kicks Satya's butt out of the house for good and for ever.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

MS did not kill WM10, they never stated that! Companies like Lenovo and Asus already introduced Windows laptops with ARM. So a phone with ARM can run full Windows and apps. It was a while ago that it was leaked that WM10 will be just W10!

11. andreasj64

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Have you ever tried to work a full Windows OS on a tablet? I own a surface pro 3, and use it as a laptop. Windows without a mouse is like drinking a Wendy's frosty through a straw. Sure, you can make it work, but it's the biggest suck ever. Unless they rethink the entire OS, it'll never be practical as a tablet.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Well say hello to Andromeda Windows Core OS!

22. Neoberry99

Posts: 74; Member since: Jun 30, 2015

Well said

23. deleon629

Posts: 474; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

“That’s what she said...No, seriously...” I’m sure a young hot chick, looking for stability, will dump the young boytoy for an old man will be willing to deal with the hard suck to get it up if it means she’ll have a better chance of moving up in the world; and the same applies to tablets. lol They’re cool, hip, look great on the arm, yet no one really takes them seriously in the long run. No need for Microsoft to lose weight (of their devices) and make them look cool, because they are still the worldwide standard for enterprise computing and are very content with the old money their getting apparently.

16. andreasj64

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Couldn't agree more... I'm still running my HTC 8XT from Sprint on Windows 8.1. You know, the one Microsoft said would get Windows Phone 10. Over 4 years old at this point. My upgrade path was cut off by Windows, as I kept waiting for something better before Sprint dumped the entire Windows line. The only consolation I have is that I didn't loose my patience, and get suckered into a now defunct Windows phone 10 ecosystem. The apps are falling off like a middle age man losing his hair. Never was a big app user, which didn't bother me initially. Now I can't even get basic necessity apps, like banking, or Ebay. There's no infrastructure left to support another go at the phone market. The Windows Phone ecosystem imploded, because Microsoft got squeamish and flinched. Developers will never trust Microsoft moving forward. Satya Messed up big time when he broke the Microsoft promise. My faith in Microsoft is gone. Probably end up on the dark side on my next upgrade, Apple.

3. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I bet they will make a Surface Microsoft phone using an Android version with all Microsoft apps bundled to it.(not just the usual office apps bundled with some Android phones).

4. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3163; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Windows Journal is a legacy note-taking app from the XP Tablet Edition days that was disbanded from the core OS as of the Anniversary Update. It was reintroduced as a stand-alone app just a few months ago. Nothing to see here.

8. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Amazing news for the 5 WP users left worldwide.

17. andreasj64

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Come on now, I own a Windows phone myself. You're totally exaggerating the severity of the problem. We're all headed to the beach this spring for a Windows phone party. All 12 of us, so I know for a fact you're lying. 5 people, yeah, right.

24. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Does WP7 count? If so then make it 13!

9. miketer

Posts: 535; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

After 5 years of Windows Phones, right now using a Lumia 1520, I ordered a Google Pixel 2016, a special offer of $399.00 for the 128 GB model via an article from this website. I'm excited to jump to android and explore it. But this article makes me think whether I've made the right decision. I'll be alright,I think.

15. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

You did the right decision. In case this phone was actually a Windows mobile (even though MS killed it), then remember the app gap, remember that the phone won't be available at your house until over 9 months. There is no guarantee on that, also most MS apps are used in Android, even more than Windows App Store.

19. miketer

Posts: 535; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Yep, you're right about the app gap. Some of my accounting programs don't have an app in the Windows store, but is available in IOS or Android. Fitbit app doesn't sync regularly at all.

18. andreasj64

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

You made the right call. Seriously. Windows Phone is dead. If they jump back into the market with this device (BIG IF), it would take 5-10 years to rebuild what they lost in support, minimum. You also don't want to be a beta tester on a radical new concept. Could end up being a fragile mess with the hinging mechanism. Plus, Windows OS is a horrible tablet OS in general. I know, I have a Surface Pro 3, which I use as a laptop with a mouse. I can't imagine trying to work an even smaller version. So, you'd have to dock it every time to actually take advantage of the OS and or hardware, and in doing so, you'd surely have a big flat screen attached to the dock/phone. I see 0 benefit in a fold-able Windows platform. Windows OS needs a mouse, and a minimum 12" screen. There's no practicality in a mini-Windows OS.

20. miketer

Posts: 535; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Instead of improving the OS year by year, they completely rebooted the OS a couple of times and I presume that's what sounded the death knell, with the customers faith traveling south.

10. andreasj64

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

yea, yea, yea, blah, blah, blah... it would be a cold day in hell before I went the Windows Phone route again. "We are fully committed to our phone market this time, and are in it for the long haul". "All Windows 8.1 devices will be upgradeable to Windows 10". Lies. Middle finger to Windows..

13. andreasj64

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Although the Surface Pro is a nifty little device, and sorta works as a touch tablet in a pinch, Windows OS is not designed to work as a touch OS. Windows OS requires a mouse. I have a Surface Pro, so I can say that after 3 years of working on one. I use it as a stationary laptop 99% of the time. I can't get excited about running an even smaller Windows tablet, no matter how cool it sounds on the surface. No pun intended. And you can bet your life more touch friendly competitors, like Apple, would follow. Apple and Android will destroy the concept before Windows stands a chance at penetrating the mobile market. All Windows is going to accomplish is opening up an untapped market for others, should they build this cool piece of tech. They'll be squeezed out again inside 5 years, like their Windows Phone platform.

21. KingSam

Posts: 1492; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

With Microsofts suite of android apps and that good arrow launcher they should make a light skin and produce android phones.

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