Microsoft worked on a Surface Phone?

Microsoft worked on a Surface Phone?
While we told you on Friday that Nokia had tested Android powered handsets before accepting the acquisition offer from Microsoft, word came out on Friday about another interesting matter involving Nokia and the giant software company. It seems that Microsoft had produced prototypes of a Microsoft Surface Phone. A published report stated that Microsoft was testing the Surface Phone at the same time that Nokia was checking out a Nokia Android flavored model.

According to those in the know, Terry Myerson was in charge of the Surface Phone. Myerson, who looks after Windows, Windows Phone and the Xbox operating systems, led Microsoft in the production of various prototypes of the device. The prototypes were apparently created just in case Nokia decided to switch sides or back off from the deal with Microsoft. With Nokia controlling 80% of the platform, Microsoft could have been in trouble had the Finnish based handset manufacturer decided to give Android a go. And Nokia was getting increasingly upset with Redmond's desire to push the low end of the market.

Nokia was said to be ready to fork Android, similar to what Amazon did with its tablets, and release a low spec'd Android handset in 2014.  But once the deal closes and Nokia's handset business belongs to Microsoft, we don't expect anymore attempts at a Nokia built Android handset or a Microsoft Surface Phone.

source: TheVerge via SlashGear

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22 Comments

1. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

3 years and we may once again see the original Nokia back, the one that owns the NSN... Oh I wish that Nokia cones back with an Android bang...

6. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

If Nokia made a Android phone with 4.7 inch 1080p clear black display + supersensitive touch quad core processor 41mp pure view camera a Nokia ui close to stock ui Nokia maps service and remember Nokia can put all skill to that phone unlike WP which is limited to MS restrictions. I think it will sell more than current Lumia. now its all just dreams we all should get use to MS & Nokia.

12. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2347; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

So this would have been, a vanilla wp8 phone?

13. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

What you mean ???

17. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

U get my profile picture dude. We just want to see same phone like my profile picture have.

14. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

nope you won't everything about nokia smartphones, hardware and services devision moved to microsoft including 32000 skilled nokia employees

18. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Not everything. Look up "newkia."

19. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

I said "Skilled nokia employees" members of newkia wasn't worthy enough to keep

20. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Please don't insult people you know nothing about.

22. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

most likely scenario nokia comes gives a piggy back to jolla and newkia and then welcome to the market !

2. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

if it looked similar to the surface tablet i think it would have been pretty nice. i think the surface tab looks similar to the ubuntu edge.

3. THE.DARK.KNIGHT

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

No need for one. Every lumia phone is a surface phone ;-)

4. Danishs

Posts: 147; Member since: May 23, 2013

This would be amazing. If Microsoft made a Nexus like device but from them. Off contract and cheap but they release it with a major overhaul of windows phone. Surface Phone ftw

5. woodwong

Posts: 2; Member since: May 22, 2013

what a cute couple cheated on each other and end up getting married

7. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Ha ha ha nice one dude Hope they get divorced soon Lol....

10. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

If they devorce soon. Nokia will be doomed..

8. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Should we be expecting MS surface phone soon??

9. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

It would be cool if is like a nexus phone by google. impressive specs + affordable price tag.

11. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

This.. ^

15. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

i was looking forward for a surface phone in the future we will get a mix of surface and lumia smartphones a mix of two giants MS and Nokia in one product its going to be epic hardware and software

16. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

At the end of the day ... with a partner like MS Nokia needed no other enemy. Embrace, Extend and Exterminate -- typical M$ game. Way back M$ screwed RAVANTIVIRUS because they were the cheapest and best AV for LINUX servers. That time CLAMAV was in infancy and early beta if i recall correctly. Thanks that clamav picked up after that and that's free ... What did the company that owned the IP of RAVANTIVIRUS do with he money? Well, they were smart enough .. they came out with MS Exchange alternative -- AXIGEN -- and maybe now waiting for another buyout :)

21. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QU2Np-t9foM remember when MS have their oldie Windows 7 prototype phone from three years ago?

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