Microsoft may release its own phone "in the coming months"

Microsoft may release its own phone
We reported a rumor to you yesterday that said that Microsoft may be looking to bring its own branded “Surface” smartphone to market by next summer, but according to BGR a “trusted source” relays that Microsoft is much further along in developing their own smartphone, indicating that Seattle giant is in the final stages of development for a launch “in the coming months”. The phone is said to be designed to compete directly with high-end offerings like the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3, although it will naturally end up competing with the Windows Phone handsets being shipped by Microsoft’s OEM partners as well.

Another source disputed a Fall ship date, claiming that Microsoft will not be introducing their phone in the initial round of WP8 handsets (expected to start shipping in November) and that the phone will probably be withheld until after the holiday shopping season. Either way these sources seem to think a phone will ship long before next summer.

What are we to make of all these rumors? All three add credence to the rumors we heard over the summer that Microsoft was designing its own phone hardware, so at this point it seems like there may be too much rumor smoke for there not to be a real fire. Also, it squares with Microsoft’s attitude it has adopted with tablets, where Microsoft is clearly willing to threaten its OEM partners in an attempt to ensure that cutting-edge hardware exists to run its software.

As for the timing, it’s possible that these rumors aren’t as far apart as they seem. It’s easy to envision Microsoft quietly preparing a smartphone just as it made its Surface tablets in secrecy, being ready to announce them in they found the initial WP8 hardware to be lacking. So the phone is probably ready for a Fall launch, but they may have deemed the initial round of phones by Samsung, HTC, Nokia, and others to be good enough to not risk alienating them by launching their phone so soon. This will let Microsoft watch how WP8 sales play out over the holiday season before deciding on when (or if) they will wade into the smartphone fray with their own hardware offering.

To be honest we think it would be very exciting to see Microsoft make a handset with the craftsmanship they showed off during their announcement of the Surface tablets, but it would be a shame if the Windows Phone ecosystem lost much of its hardware variety if spurned OEMs fled to Android, or some new alternative like BB10 or Firefox OS. We imagine Microsoft is trying to balance that exact same set of concerns themselves…

source: BGR

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58 Comments

1. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 2011

Elop, Nokia Board of Directors and Nokia is screwed. Long live Symbian!

7. jubbing

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

Symbian was never good. Ever.

10. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

It's still good. Just got the Belle Feature Pack 2 on my 701, and while it was fast before, it FLIES now. Excepting particular apps, there's nothing Android can do that Symbian can't, and there's a good amount that Symbian can do no other mobile OS is currently capable of, notably USB-On-The-Go and various codecs it can run

15. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"...there's nothing Android can do that Symbian can't..." Symbian isn't so 'flexible' like Android. For example hacking, go to www.hackaday.com , how many hacks for Symbian do you see? Zero! Have you ever heard about Google ADK and Arduino?http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/connectivity/usb/adk.html Does Symbian or iOS can give such opportunity for us? NO! And such thigs are very important because such things gives ability for people to create and innovate and it is very important! A lot of innovations can be made using this which will help in our live!

18. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

mate first, nokia bring alot of innovation to the table second symbian is still one of the best fuctional OS's around, android mite have all the ey candy but symbian is still powerful. belle fp2 on my 808 can match the latest android and iOS on performance. as for hacking there are mods and custom roms for symbian

21. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"mate first, nokia bring alot of innovation to the table" By commnet #15, I didn't denied the fact that Nokia bring a lot of innovations. "second symbian is still one of the best fuctional OS's around, android mite have all the ey candy but symbian is still powerful." As you can see my comment was reply to "...there's nothing Android can do that Symbian can't...". "as for hacking there are mods and custom roms for symbian" I was talking not only about software hacking, I was talking about hardware hacking.

31. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

all im saying is android aint the perfect OS many on here believe it to be, and im bored of the one sided way things are on here ''Does Symbian or iOS can give such opportunity for us? NO!'' who are ''us'' what this collective term for , surely you mean for you as in android is your personal preference for that reason

32. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"all im saying is android aint the perfect OS many on here believe it to be, and im bored of the one sided way things are on here" I'm not saying that Android is perfect OS. As I have said before, my commnet #15 was just response to "...there's nothing Android can do that Symbian can't...". "who are ''us'' what this collective term for , surely you mean for you as in android is your personal preference for that reason" No! By saying "for us" I mean all smartphone users.

33. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

well all smartphone users will have differant preferences i choose symbian because i know it, its customizable and easy to use, and plays most video files straight out the box. ive looked at andrid but until an android phone has a camera that equals the 808 i wont be switching. besides some smartphone users dont want customization, thats where iOS and wp8 come in

35. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"well all smartphone users will have differant preferences" Yes, I agree with you, all smartphone users have differant preferences but I was talking not about preferences, I just answered to: "...there's nothing Android can do that Symbian can't...". I told that THERE IS! "ive looked at andrid but until an android phone has a camera that equals the 808 i wont be switching." So your main reason choosing the smartphone is camera? "besides some smartphone users dont want customization, thats where iOS and wp8 come in" I agree, some smartphone users don't want customization but even they can still use Android because there is no rule that you must customize it if you use Android! And anyway I wasn't talking about customization.

36. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

pretty much yes i like to have the best camera on my phone, went from the nokia n8 to the 808 as nothing else could compete in that category. plus as ive said before i know my way round symbian. ''I agree, some smartphone users don't want customization but even they can still use Android because there is no rule that you must customize it if you use Android!'' maybe not everyone wants android, maybe there are better options for them with other OS's me ive looked at android and wouldnt mind a phone running it but just doesnt offer what i look for in one package yet , also im looking to see how wp8 turns out although i know it will be pretty restristed in terms of customizing. just saying android isnt right for everyone

38. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"maybe not everyone wants android, maybe there are better options for them with other OS's" Agree. "...also im looking to see how wp8 turns out although i know it will be pretty restristed in terms of customizing." I also don't think that WP is bad OS, but I think that WP still need more time to evolve and it should become a really good OS.

40. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

well like android has done, in 2-3 years im hoping wp8 will be a mature and great OS. sure it'll take time but i dont get why so many think its failed before its begun everything needs to evolve, its why iOS is loosing ground and becoming stale. nothing can stay the same and be on top

43. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I don't think that WP is failed.

41. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

You guys got off topic....., js.... Microsoft should release a phone :-)

44. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Sorry, CX3NT3_713 :D

39. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

As close as every flagship model is now, choosing the best camera is actually not that bad an idea.

42. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I agree, different people has different priorities. In my case I used to choose smartphone by looking at the all specifications not only to camera parameters since smartphone is multifunctional device.

34. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Phone.A.user you have corrected the right way to write, which he wrote wrong! "Are you studying English"....?

37. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

LOL! Where? :D No, at the moment I'm not studying English, but yes, I had English lessons at the school and then in the college. My native language isn't English and I know that my English grammar is away from perfect. :)

52. EspHack

Posts: 70; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

well im a symbian user, used to be a fanboy too, still prefer it over android, but i have to say you are wrong, there is not even a proper video call app available for symbian, youtube doesnt let you go above 240p, im a bit desperate for the LM920 really

53. bkb01

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 21, 2012

dont get me wrong coming from an n8 usb otg was also very important for me thats why the sgs2 replaced my n8 (now with the missus):) it also has usb otg out of the box, and speaking of codecs, i remember, i remember the n8 had a limit in terms of watching vids, the thing is i just transfer a 4gb blueray ripped movie in my s2 and it plays with no probs. only thing i miss really is the fm transmitter, man that was cool;)

12. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

I really hope you're kidding... Elop is a retard.. Symbian is a less buggy, more stable, more feature-rific, and less taxing on the battery version of Android... Right now, Android has no competition, I mean, people like me who want a desktop-like experience on their phones only have Android.... If Elop had half a brain, Symbian would be up there, and so would Nokia..

29. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Much better than Windows closed eco-system.

49. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

A few years ago Symbian was the way to go. The N series was one of if not the best line of smartphones on the market. I LOVE my Nokia N95 8GB and nobody had a better phone then me when it was in its prime. Symbian just waited to late to update is OS. Not it's playing catch-up and it's losing, bad. The Nokia N97 was the turning point for me. It was slow and buggy the entire time I used it. It did not preform as advertised. Symbian had it's time but, the outlook is not looking very good for the OS right .

50. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"I LOVE my Nokia N95 8GB and nobody had a better phone then me when it was in its prime." The same with me, I'm still have my Nokia N95 8GB somewhere in one of drawers. :)

54. bkb01

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 21, 2012

my symbian devices were n95 8gb then replaced it with the n82(still one of the best cameraphones for me, nothing beats it xenon flash) , then n8 (also for the camera, usb to go and fm transmitter), natural progression from symbian is really android for its customizations, teaks, custom roms, freedom just like symbian:)

20. khmer

Posts: 95; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Microsoft is competing with Nokia.

26. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Long live Symbian Meego and Maemo....

2. GoodFella

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I'd still take the Lumia 920.

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