Microsoft Surface Phone rumor resurfaces, to hit the shelves by next summer

Microsoft Surface Phone rumor resurfaces, to hit the shelves by next summer
According to the China Times, sources from the supply chain reconfirmed that Microsoft has been quietly working on the rumored homebrew Surface Phone handset for the last four months, and is expected to finish and launch it some time in the first half of next year.

The alliance with Nokia as a manufacturing arm didn't pan out as Microsoft intended, as the first Lumia phones couldn't quite gain traction against the dual-core, high-res offerings of Android and iOS. Microsoft has certainly itself to blame since it took it quite a long time to introduce support for modern hardware in its mobile OS, and Nokia showed it can deliver innovative handsets when the platform allows it, with the Lumia 920.

Still, Microsoft is apparently hedging its bets, letting Samsung's ATIV S be the first WP8 device announced, not a Nokia phone, and working with HTC's designers for a year over the look and feel of the 8X and 8S phones. Now it might turn out that Redmond is developing its own hardware to achieve full vertical integration, just like Apple does, further down the road, when it gains enough manufacturing experience.

While we doubt that it will beat Nokia's WP8 devices, a Surface phone might become what the Nexus line has turn into for Google - a playground which gets all the newest updates first, and has some special aura for fans of the mobile OS, not to mention it could fill Microsoft's own vision about how its handset should look and behave - a vision not necessarily shared by any of the big WP8 manufacturers, but unique Microsoft. Well, the more, the merrier, we'd say, and leave it at that until more substantiated rumors appear.

source: CT via UnwiredView

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24 Comments

1. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

MS has really upped its game in innovation and creating awessome software! Now its coming in the hardware segment...other manufacturers are really going to have to up their game if they want their brand's WP phones/tablets to sell. All in all another good day for thee consumer :)

2. MeoCao unregistered

that would be nice but I don't believe MS can nail it, just look what happened with their music player.

10. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

oh c'mon thats being harsh. in business big corporations launch stuff all the time and only a few make it big. thats how it works. I am an android user but I know of manny projects google worked on in the past that never got to see the light of day! but we know google for what they have been successful about and thats alright. same goes for MS. a company cant get everyhting right but hey its good they're trying and who knows...they might hit the jackpot:) Look at apple also for instance they make crappy stuff all the time and release them to the masses too :)

16. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

The music player is old news literally. No company is without a failure of some type but it depends on if they learn from it or not. And since then clearly Microsoft has done one heck of a job learning from the music player. So again, old news.

17. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

The Zune was awesome, it just didn't get much track, much like Windows Phone right now which I really hope does better, I'm an Android user right now but competition would be good, competition on innovation mind you, not in the court room, since it's obvious that's the only field where the fruit company will compete on

21. c1c2c3c4c

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

the zune was better than the ipod, it just didn't have the cool factor.

14. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

yeah. cheers for choices for consumers.

3. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 545; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

half of nokia is own by MS.the CEO and millons of dollars for marketing of WP from MS. still MS wants to launch their own surface phone.i think they want to keep more options on the table but its definitely going to hurt Nokia sales.i think MS is using Nokia for WP.

11. MISTER.H

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Yeap for sure Windows 8 will be a fail, look at what happen to the Windows OS in the past years: Fail, it has been 8 years and still there no where near iOs and OS! Eflop wants to take Nokia totally down, cause Eflop was an ex MS employe and MS always hated LINUX.

22. c1c2c3c4c

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

nah there releasing during the first major update for wp8 (only makes since) so it will get hype for the OS twice in just a few months...

4. Alistaire

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

It is not that Nokia or the other manufacturers(HTC, Samsung) not want to use multi core processors. It is WP7 and WP7.5 do not support multi-core and higher resolution. That is the fault of MS, NOT NOKIA. It did not pan out because of microsofts WP7 limitations. I for one switched from iphone 4 to Nokia Lumia 900 and couldn't be happier. And waiting to get the Lumia 920. (hopefully only 5 more weeks waiting time) If and when, IF there is a surface phone, even better, more options for WP8.

5. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

again like I said before bring it!!!! if they do this it will only have a repeat of the surface tablet. OEMs got scared and started pumping out some nice designs making it hard to decide what to get. I want OEMs to make it hard to chose what wp to get too

6. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

I forgot isnt the next xbox due around the same timeframe? if so than I can sense what MS is doing and I want in!!

23. c1c2c3c4c

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

if there smart it will be: initial release> surface phone during first OS update> xbox 720 with enhanced phone integration during the second update> wp8 update and "something else"> wp9 with next gen phones.

7. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I would love to see a surface phone, but not necessarily manufactured by Microsoft. I want how google did it with Nexus devices. A surface phone made by a separate OEM, that given, Nokia would be my bet. Imagine a perfectly designed phone from Microsoft and nokia with the build quality from nokia. That would be awesome.

8. No_Nonsense unregistered

If this phone isn't manufactured by Nokia, Nokia has definitely got a raw deal from MS. Kinda explains why I hate MS and Apple.

12. MISTER.H

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Me to.

9. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Nokia have been duped by Microsoft all along

24. c1c2c3c4c

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

no Nokia is really close to MS, if Microsoft is working on a phone Nokia knows about it and is probably leasing the camera tech and other items to them... Nokia gets payed without overhead.

13. Suts_97

Posts: 128; Member since: May 05, 2012

Like what PA said, I hope it acts in the same way as Nexus is for Google.

15. Techboi

Posts: 84; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Nokia might just be the one to make the surface phone if this is true.

18. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Why not... I know it might initially hurt Nokia, HTC, and Sammy... But it should make for more aggressive pricing AND/OR maxing specs! Win-Win for consumers.

19. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i think its a great idea to make a surface phone! its not bad at all as long as it will be like apple's one and only iPhone and google's nexus line... they should just release 1 surface phone every year! same goes with surface tablet! as long as it wont hurt nokia and other windows phone makers!

20. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

some how I do not think a surface a smart phone will come into being unless Windows 8 smart phones do not sell well and Nokia and HTC are the only OEM's who will dare to make them. at that Point it would make sense for Microsoft to make them. I think what they are doing is exploring the smart phones surply industry to see what it takes to make one in quantities to make it profitable for Microsoft to make their own if It's Oem's give up on making windows smart phones. Microsoft is opening up stores all over the place and Microsoft like everyone else will sell products that have the Microsoft brand name on them for instance Microsoft was selling their Own PC known as the "Signature" PC I think Vizio made them oh well I guess Microsoft might get Samsung to make them for them

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