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Microsoft Surface phone tracked down to firm's Redmond campus

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Microsoft Surface phone tracked down to firm's Redmond campus
Studio H where the Juggernaut Alpha lies

Studio H where the Juggernaut Alpha lies

A developer's logs dated October 13th have apparently found where Microsoft is hiding the Juggernaut Alpha, the mysterious phone that could be a Windows Phone 8 handset using the Microsoft Surface name. The information from the logs report showed  the device running Firmware Version: redmond_83012_123215, Windows Phone: 8.0.9903.0, InterfaceType: MobileBroadbandGsm,LongitudeWGS, LatitudeWGS: -122.140942811966, 47.6432204246521. The geographical information puts the device right in Studio H which is located on Microsoft's Redmond campus. Interestingly, that is also where the Windows Phone Design Team plies its trade. Hmm.

The October 13th logs show thed device to be CDMA with a previously unseen build of Windows Phone 8 (build 8.0.903.0 8.0.900.0 cons). Considering Steve Ballmer's desire for Microsoft to be as successful with consumer devices as it is with software, a Microsoft Surface Windows Phone 8 handset doesn't seem so far-fetched, does it?

source: monWindowsPhone (translated) via WMPoweruser

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posted on 16 Oct 2012, 11:43 2

1. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

I'd like to see this phone. But wouldn't the phone be GSM, not cdma? I ask because in the geodata it says "mobilebroadbandgsm"

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 11:48 1

2. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


posted on 16 Oct 2012, 11:50

3. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

Sounds good for MS to come out with its own "Surface" smartphone. But i'm wondering if microsoft isn't spreading itself too thin. Cos if that be the case, it could end up being a hated brand, with too many different phones out there... Sorta like the haters of my boy SAMSUNG.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 11:57 7

4. TheDarkKnight (banned) (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)

Nokia will always make the best windows phones, keep dreaming Microsoft!

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 12:04 3

5. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 418; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)

Nokia,this is a signal to u.move on to android or meego and explore ur talent there.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 12:13 6

6. No_Nonsense (unregistered)

Nokia is not dumb; they have a plan and they're using WP as an exclusive only till 2014 or the time till there's the Nokia-WP deal. Nokia will return to the top pretty soon. And trust me, all hate towards Elop and Nokia board will go away the next year. Nokia has signed with MS only because they get a billion dollars a year. Who wouldn't want that if they were going down the drain. And as for Android, I'm tired of telling people that most Android OEMs are not in the green, the only one making some substantial profit is Samsung. Android is not the solution to all problems. As for MeeGo.........

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 12:23 2

8. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)

i hope thats true. and Android may not be the solution to all the problems but it surely can help Nokia because believe it or not there is huge userbase which would love to see an N-Series ANDROID or may be a Nokia NeXus.
just imagine a PureView NeXus. i know thats wishful thinking but you never know.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 12:33 4

10. No_Nonsense (unregistered)

To be honest, I don't see Nokia going Android in the near future, when there's a great in-house OS (now out-house OS) like MeeGo (Sailfish).

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 12:33 3

9. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)

Clearly, Elop struck the deal at an optimal time and has been doing a pretty damn good job making sure Nokia's location based assets are being embedded in some serious ecosystems...to include 90% of the Car OEM navigation platforms, Garmin, MS/Bing, Yahoo, Amazon, and Oracle. If Nokia had decided on Android in 2011, then much of this business would have been unlikely. Remember, Nokia is getting on-going royalties and service fees for this business...and it was a big part of its negotiations with MS.

It will be interesting to see what Nokia does in 2014, but I suspect it will not be a move to Android unless WP completely fails. If WP-Lumia is a reasonable success, Nokia has the necessary cash to bide it's time and choose wisley.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 12:40 2

11. No_Nonsense (unregistered)

If MeeGo (sailfish) turns good and has a decent collection of apps and WP succeeds (which I believe it will, not sure with other manufacturers except Nokia), I can say Nokia will go with Sailfish and WP, and perhaps Symbian instead of S40 on Ashas in 2014. The only reason why Nokia should've gone Android is the amount of apps and less restrictions, but WP8 should address that.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 15:40

14. tombcd (Posts: 24; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

This is also what I think. They are surely testing MeeGo or Android on their devices internally.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 12:21

7. cdgoin (Posts: 571; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)

Anyone think that maybe Nokia will be making it for MS..? Then only sell it at their Microsoft stores.. As a trial run..?

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 12:53

12. gd761 (Posts: 152; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)

I see that this is a CDMA Phone. It could either be Verizon or Sprint. As of right now, Verizon has a few Windows Phone 8 Phones in their Lineup. Sprint don't have Any Phones in their Lineup for Windows at all. The Only Windows Phone that has the Best Reviews that Sprint Dropped was the HTC Arrive. Sprint said that they were going to hold off getting any Windows Phones. Could this be the reason why?

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 14:50 2

13. Contreramanjaro (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)

If this is the case I would completely forgive Sprint. The Arrive was fantastic and I was eagerly awaiting a newer version to upgrade to but that was never offered. Truth be told, it makes more sense for this to be on Verizon or at least Verizon also.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 15:43

15. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1584; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

Microsoft is now trying to some degree to be like Apple and is opening up stores to sell
it's OEM's designed devices running Microsoft software and also selling Items that are Microsoft brand named products like the big surface table computer or the smaller surface tablet computers. I will not be surprised if Microsoft comes out with it's own brand name smart phone. I bet Microsoft was working on it before they even got close to the Current deal with Nokia..Information today reveals that Microsoft began designing the Surface tablet computers in 2009 before the Ipad hit the market. I would bet my Booty that sneaky Microsoft has been working on their own smart phone after the iphone came out and became popular. They saw the hand writing on the wall and saw that PC sales would decline as tablets became more useful. Microsoft has no choice but be like Apple because their cash Cow desktop/Laptop/Server soft ware was not going to make them the amount of money they used to do, Microsoft folks will never be the same. The Old Microsoft is dead

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 21:19

16. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 948; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)

Do it. More phones means more chances to progress and evolve! The key model is to stay between Apple and Google in ALL ASPECTS. From software to hardware to business model to intellectual rights to blah blah blah....


posted on 17 Oct 2012, 01:50

17. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1584; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

when I said the old Microsoft is dead I meant the old ways they made lots of money is dead. Microsoft will remake itself into a software services and limited hardware manufacturer/OEM equipment seller in that Microsoft will sell it's OEM partner's products right beside their own brands in the Microsoft stores so that their customers has different gear to study and make a decision which gear meets their needs

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 06:19

18. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)

i'd love tyo see this surface phone!! hope it will be the first quad core...but running tegra chips! :)

yeah i know... s4 pro is better but i wish microsoft will let other chip maker to make a WP with chips like exynos and tegra...especially that cortex A15 is coming!

so that they wont go monopoly again like they did with intel...even though qualcomm really makes good chips!but tegra and exynos are good chips too!

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