Microsoft engineer in China says that there will be a Surface Phone before editing his comments

Microsoft engineer in China says that there will be a Surface Phone before editing his comments
There is some hope among consumers that the foldable device that Microsoft has been seeking patent protection for, is the long rumored Surface Phone. Yesterday, a Microsoft engineer might have accidentally given away the news that the Surface Phone is real and is coming in the not too distant future. On a Q&A site in China called Zhihu, someone wrote in to complain about the poor integration of Cortana on Android.

The Microsoft engineer, writing on Microsoft Asia Research Institute’s Cortana support account, blamed the lack of permissions on the operating system as the reason why Microsoft's virtual personal assistant didn't work quite as well on Android. He added that he was looking forward to seeing the perfect performance of Cortana on the Surface Phone. Later, the engineer went back to cover his tracks and said in parenthesis that he is not sure that there will be a Surface Phone.

Current speculation has the device, codenamed Andromeda, able to fold from a large tablet sized device with one screen, into a smartphone-sized package with two displays. It not only has telephonic capabilities, it also features a special program pre-installed that allows users to take notes across two side-by-side screens. This allows the user to take notes as though he/she was writing on a regular paper note pad.


Considering that the response on the Chinese website came from a Microsoft owned account, this could be a legitimate sign that the Surface Phone does exist.

source: Zhihu via WindowsLatest, MSPoweruser

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14 Comments

1. Diego!

Posts: 863; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

After the fiasco of Windows Phone 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows Mobile 10, with completely lack of support, I'm not buying a Microsoft phone ever again. I'm looking forward to Samsung Galaxy X.

3. Subie

Posts: 2324; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

The Lumia 650 will be two years old next month. It's a cheap entry level phone, and yet I'm still getting updates directly from Microsoft. I received the fall creators update last month, and a new security update the other day. So I wouldn't say "completely" when talking about lack of support. How many $99 dollar Android phones get OS support for two years or more...

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7031; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

A number of them do. Motorola still updates their lower priced smartphones. For up to 2 years. As far as the Lumia 650 is concerned. It was a lot more than $99 when it was first introduced. It started at $199 when it first launched back in February 2016. Plus the 650 had a Snapdragon 212 32bit SoC with only 1 GB of RAM, 8mp camera, and a 5" 1280x720 HD display. Definitely nothing to write home about, especially when for $50 more you could get a 64 bit SD 617 with 2 gb of ram, 13 MP camera, and a 5.5" 1920x1080 full HD display for a starting price of $250. It's no wonder why the Lumia 650 dropped it's prices so fast. At that time Windows Phone was on life support and the life was quickly running out. So even if you got it at $99. It was literally not worth it when you compared it to other smartphones at the time.

14. Subie

Posts: 2324; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Specs are specs but they don't tell the whole hands on story. I'd get into it more but based on your last paragraph I feel I'd just be wasting my time. To address your second paragraph, I would say the Lumia 650 was totally worth it (for me) compared to the other phones I looked at at the time. Just because you don't see the value in, or desire a particular device doesn't mean it not worth it to someone else. Everyone has their own particular wants, needs and preferences regarding tech. To think that what you value is the only thing that all should value is short sighted IMO.

9. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Im looking forward to taking a bunch of surveys too.

2. mootu

Posts: 1449; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

If they released a Surface phone running Android i would buy it in a heartbeat, thats never going to happen though.

4. S4NDY

Posts: 225; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Is probably not running Android, its using Windows 10S or arm version of Windows 10

11. SIGPRO

Posts: 2813; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

It will run Andromeda - Windows Core OS based on Windows 10!

5. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Microsoft is searching another failure in smartphone world.

8. sme4192

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 30, 2017

who give microsoft foldable screen?!!! i am not thinking samsung give them that screen before they are realesing galaxy x or whatever that name

10. mootu

Posts: 1449; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

It's two screens not a foldable display.

15. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

If it fits either of the following two descriptions, I'll be buying the second or third iteration. The first iteration is usually a beta tester product with microshaft, and they don't give a damn: - A full fledged Android smartphone with S-Pen-like functionality, and full Windows 10 on ARM via Continuum. - A top of the line Smartphone with full fledged Windows 10 on ARM (or x86) that literally outperforms my Intel Core i5U Haswell 512GB SSD 8GB RAM Surface Pro 2 in EVERYWAY! Otherwise, I gladly never have and never will be owning any windows phone...

16. raiter

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

The MS has good ide about the foldable device with telephony. However, the question is - how good will be the functionality of such device. Everything depends on how polished will be the interface and the opportunities the device offer. If MS will fail to bring good product (good functionality and interface), then rather customers will not accept the new device, or the competitors will make it better. MS has opportunity to create benchmark on such device, but... And while MS iare just rumoring about such device, the competitors (Sammy or Apple) can make it faster, cheaper and probably better... Time is running out for MS, if they really intend to get back to mobile...

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