Microsoft to release three Surface Phone models in 2017

Microsoft to release three Surface Phone models in 2017
Towards the latter stages of last year, it was rumored that Microsoft was working on the so-called 'Surface Phone'. Though murmurings of such a device can be traced back as far as 2012, the more recent reports suggested the elusive handset would arrive early this year. Soon thereafter, reports were touting a late-2016 arrival Surface Phone -- one perhaps packing Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor. Given that Redmond's head is not in the game as far as mobile is concerned, it should come as little surprise that the Surface Phone has been pushed back once more; apparently on ice until some point next year. 

The pre-existing Surface range has been a great success for Microsoft, with the higher-end Pro models considered the gold standard for professional tablet hybrids. It would make sense, then, for a range of smartphones to utilize the popular Surface branding and help the Windows maker stake a more substantial claim to the mobile industry. 

According to Windows Central, there could be three different configurations of Surface Phone upon launch in 2017. Though nothing sounds too concrete for now, it would seem that Microsoft plans to divert attention away from the Lumia branding, which it inherited when it purchased Nokia's Devices and Services division back in 2013. 

Of the three purported editions, one will allegedly be focused toward the general consumer, one for 'prosumers' or enthusiasts (read: geeks), and a third model aimed at enterprise. One or all of the Surface Phone models may include Microsoft Pen technology, though as you can imagine, details are pretty scarce at present 

By pushing things back, it is thought that Microsoft will have time to concentrate on strengthening Windows 10 Mobile, whilst also allowing OEM partners to come through with new devices. Armed with a probable trio of new Surface Phones, a bunch of new handsets from its manufacturing allies and a better mobile platform, the company will then hope to tackle the market with a little more gusto than it has over the last couple of years. 

Is 2017 too late for Microsoft to try and salvage its lagging mobile business? Let us know below.

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50 Comments

1. Alter

Posts: 231; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

Might be too little too late, but I'm hoping Microsoft can put out some good phones and increase their presence in mobile because I'm tired of the 2 horse race with just Android and iOS.

7. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Yes hope they won't be too late to bring the game on against Samsung, galaxy notes which edge closer and more closer to perfection and introduction of foldable handsets, and also with the seemingly competition from LG, hoping it pulls a stance with it V line.. But after all we will have more choices to look forward for... :-)

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7383; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If Microsoft is going to release a Surface Phone next year, then why would anyone currently purchase any WP/Windows 10 Mobile devices then? The Surface Phone will most likely have an Intel processor instead of a Qualcomm Arm processor. If they pushed it out to next year, then most likely it will have an Intel processor.

15. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

and your point is. everyone just stop and now wait for iphone 7. galaxy 8. htc 11. lg g6. etc. etc.

19. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Ill be sure to check out the Surface 3 or 4. Make sure you don't get the first beta phones. I can't trust Microsoft anymore. Every model they release is littered with bugs. No matter if it was Windows 6, 7, 8, 10. Just make a phone that isn't trash and doesn't restart by simply trying to go to the camera app.

22. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

2017 GTFOOH Microsoft. Windows Phone is dead.

43. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Or maybe in 2018 or maybe in 2019, anyways, coming soon as always. WP10 sucks big time. Stick to android, buddies...

44. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

if only they leave behind the tiles, metro/modern UI

52. moobot

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 10, 2016

No you don't, that's taking away the personality on WP

51. moobot

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 10, 2016

I hate ios / android, windows mobile for life

2. NoAllegiance unregistered

Surface Phone Vs Pixel Phone. Bring it on! BTW Any Android One users?

3. DFranch

Posts: 548; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I'm rooting for them, I have fond memories of my Lumia 920.

20. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I remember the 920. Then I got an HTC One M7 and I realized how sheltered I was and what I was missing with Android.

50. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Hardware wise though the 920 is so much more elegant and sexy

4. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

no thanks, keep them

5. artificialintelligence

Posts: 166; Member since: Dec 05, 2015

Microsoft is definitely trying to reach the *Surface* with these 3 new models because windows phones are sinking

21. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

Disagreed! Lumia was the idea of Stephen Elop. Satya Nadella kicked him out, cuz he wanted to start clear. WP are sinking also for that reason.. Cuz Satya is killing off the Lumia brand. MSFT are actually taking another year off hardware to strengthen the eco system.. And then, tell me if it doesn't make sense to introduce the Surface phone! Surface brand name is strong! Why 3? Cuz of MSFT's promise to deliver for Fans, Enterprise and Budget.

32. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

What about apps? Apps what keeps smartphone brand alive. If it cannot download or doesn't have any good apps. What's the good use of having a surface phone? Not everyone is stupid enough to buy a surface phone product if it's like owning a symbian phone, all over again.

36. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

The surface phone doesn't even exist yet, yet you're asking questions about something which could probably not happen, as Microsoft have/had plans for the porting of iOS and Android apps into their system. If the Surface phone is a big hit, then devs will happily use those easy programs to bring their apps across. It's exciting to possibly get a 'new' contender in the OS fields.

38. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

With Windows 10 being universal platform, project Islandwood - the bridge from iOS, Xamarin (bridge for Windows developers to port their apps to iOS and Android) and continuum, there will be apps. Again, that's the reason they are putting off the surface phones for another year. Of course, I could be wrong, but I do think that Microsoft is on the right path with what they are doing, they are changing the uniformity by creating an ecosystem between mobile, desktop, console, etc. I have hopes for Windows 10 Mobile

6. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

if it is x86 phone it will be huge sucess. i cant wait

8. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

uhh.... nope, it's gonna fail miserably if it's a x86(system) phone. First, 99.99% of the x86 apps would suck on a phone and second, a phone with an atom chipset even core m3 processor and chipset would suck just because of the lack of power running full windows, yes it could do it, but most of the apps would just suck running on it.

17. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

core m3 is more powerfull than i3 in laptop (u version) and can run most of apps smoothly. if atom can run windows app then core m is two/three times faster in single thread tasks. and now windows has universal apps and there are tools to convert x86 software to universal app. if you have laptop/computer with windows 10 go to control panel and activate tablet mode then you will see how x86 apps in full screen mode, for me they are just fine. also full windows has many advantage of mobile os 1. true multatsking 2. drivers 3. emulation (ps2, gamecube, wii etc) 4. real games not in app purchase games 5.continuum

28. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Who the hell told you that? On paper, core m3 has high turbo clock speeds but the lower tdp just makes it throttle like s**t, this is a fact proven many times, look at Linus's review on the new MacBook, that thing clocks to 1.8ghz for 20-30secs and boom, 800mhz (0.8ghz). This is pretty much same for all core m3 devices. Now let's talk about your real games, do you really think you can game on this SoC? I mean full blown pc games, do you even think it would be possible? Hell no, continuum is actually do-able and pretty nice feature which I would totally support. Multi tasking the way it is right now is just fine for the form factor of a smartphone. You are not gonna do much more on that "puny" 5-6inch screen anyway. You talked about universal apps, yes there are some universal apps, but are still way less compare to the already small group of apps ready for arm based wp10. Full blown Windows 10 is never gonna work on a smartphone. Maybe if they do a hybrid type thingy, it might work, something like a dual system but more integrated together. The smartphone would use the one system for daily basis, which could not only save power but be more optimized for the form factor, the other system would be switched seamlessly when connected to the dock or something for continuum, but again, this form factor would have to many restrictions such as heat and power.

40. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

dont live in past core m broadwell is not same as core m skylake and kabylake /cannonlake one which will be ready by 2017 will be even better. skylake can maintain turbo for long time read review of surface pro here http://www.notebookcheck.net/Microsoft-Surface-Pro-4-Core-m3-Tablet-Review.153843.0.html core m plays almost all emulators including dolphin and pscx2 and give it huge advantage compare to mobile gaming. core m also is equivalent to core 2 quad in desktop you can play so many games like league of legends, star craft, pes 2016, final fantasy series etc about multitasking i really miss symbian, i miss to leave task and continue after three days where i left, i miss to open hundreds of apps without reloading or slowing my phone. android has multitasking but if its not level of symbian or windows. full blown windows is what microsoft want you to run in all of your device and i think its almost ready, i told you to run your laptop in tablet mode and see how x86 apps like vlc behave. not all x86 apps use mouse and keyboard, there are touch based apps for windows since 2002 look at this touch optimised x86 video editing. http://i1-win.softpedia-static.com/screenshots/MAGIX-Video-Easy_5.png

29. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

I doubt it would fail with the amount of time being invested into this rumored device and Panos spearheading everything. We already know Skylake Core M in smartphones has been in testing for awhile now, with Kirby Lake coming in volume towards the end of this year. I'd say with recent advancements and a hybrid form factor (which has been rumored for some time now) it can be pulled off.

9. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

The truth and fact of the matter is Microsoft is a software company than can't keep up with innovation and software updates like android and iOS, Microsoft lack lust attitude towards its OS and phone hardware is extremely disappointing. I wish them the best in there future endeavors.

11. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I use a Windows smart phone and welcome the new "Surface" Line of Windows smart phones That I believe will replace the failed low selling Lumia line of Windows smart phone. it looks like there will be 2 types of CPU's in the Surface Line of smart phones the ARMS CPU type and the Intel CPU for the high powered "Surface Pro" Enthusiast smart phone that will run x86 Win32 Desktop PC Programs plus run all Windows 10 Universal Apps and all the current apps in the Windows 10 store. the hold up could be due to Newer ARMS and Intel Mobile have to be tested and the Microsoft wants The Windows 10 OS Redstone 2 Major update to be tested and working well on the New Surface line of smart phones.

12. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

Too late,better focus on Android and Surface tabs.x86 support would too mediocre on that screen and not to mention SD 820 or any ARM cant handle it. UWP is an option,but devs ignore it,and i get them.

48. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

the lack of apps from developers is the reason Microsoft has to make a Windows smart phone that runs X86 win 32 desktop Programs in Continuum mode. if apps developers keep failing to give windows smart phone's Apps such as MS NEW Universal Apps. Microsoft has to make a smart phones that uses it;s huge Library of Millions of Windows Desktop programs to be used in Continuum mode or get out the Smart phone arena. Frankly there are Millions of People like me who do not want Android or expensive Iphones. enough Windows smart phones are sold on a World wide bases to keep them alive

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