New premium Windows 10 Mobile device coming from Microsoft?

New premium Windows 10 Mobile device coming from Microsoft?
It has been a while since Microsoft unveiled a new Windows 10 Mobile handset. Brad Sams, executive editor of Thurrott.com, says that a Windows 10 prototype mobile device is being examined inside corporate headquarters. At this stage, there are no specs to discuss and even Sams isn't 100% sure if we are talking about a  phone or a tablet. The smart money is betting that this is a phone since Microsoft does need to fill gaps in its smartphone lineup.

We know what you're thinking. You are probably trying to convince yourself that this will be the long awaited Surface Phone. Let's see what the judges have to say about that. BWAAP! Oops, 'fraid not. Sams says that the new device is not, repeat NOT being made by Microsoft's Surface division. But there is a clue, and it is a big one. The talk is that the team in charge of new device is being headed up by Alex Kipman who is the top man on the totem pole as far as Microsoft HoloLens is concerned. That would seem to indicate that this new phone could have a major focus on AR and VR capabilities.                  

Microsoft is said to be positioning the new device as a high-end premium priced model that might run Windows 10 on ARM. Reports say that it could be based on CShell, although this is quite buggy at the moment. As a result, there still is plenty of work that needs to be done before the device is introduced, most likely sometime in 2018. Most expect the new phone to be made for the enterprise.

source: Softpedia

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29 Comments

1. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Bring it on Microsoft. Make your early visions of a pocket PC a practical reality.

3. Bankz

Posts: 2442; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

This is gonna change the smartphone game. Btw, i thought this was panay's project? Surprised to hear about kipman tbh, or maybe kipman could just be making an AR contribution? That aside, i believe this phone will be released along with the falls creators update (redstone 3) this year with a stable cshell along with it. Well, Yes, i know it might be buggy now but its not like they're releasing it this month or next neither did this news develope this week so they must have been working on it for sometime now (leaks really doesn't give us news immediately they happen contrary to what people think). Anyway interesting times ahead.

5. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

That would be damn right awesome if they unveil it this fall. Here's hoping that it brings an innovative wow factor similar to the Surface Pro/Book/Studio. Literally raising the bar on what to expect from a Smartphone.

24. sgodsell

Posts: 6585; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

They need apps still. That's the problem with Windows 10 mobile. Microsoft needs to really come out swinging for their life. Even if they have something with AR and VR. The competition isn't sitting still. If they would make an Intel based mobile device, then they could use legacy apps. With ARM they need to use project Astoria (Android apps running on Windows). Or it's DOA for the average consumers.

27. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

"With ARM they need to use project Astoria (Android apps running on Windows)." Haven't you ever heard of Windows 10 on ARM till today? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_GlGglbu1U

8. kamrananimation

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 20, 2014

pocket pc :DDDD is dead //play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mkg.sh​ootthehmm

21. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

I highly doubt that considering how GPD got over 500% funding for both its Windows 10 Pocket PCs, even without CShell making the content fit for the screen: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gpd-win-intel-z8700-win-10-os-game-console-laptop#/ https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gpd-pocket-7-0-umpc-laptop-ubuntu-or-win-10-os-laptop--2#/ There's obviously demand for a full pocket PC device. Only thing standing in microsoft's way would be proper advertising, which frankly, they tend to suck at.

15. IT-Engineer

Posts: 416; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

If it can run Android apps, I'd buy it in a heartbeat

16. lyndon420

Posts: 6273; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Let's hope they get it right this time. I challenge ms to create a platform that will make me want to abandon Android.

2. Khyron

Posts: 395; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

I guess your body is ready

4. Pureviewuser1

Posts: 137; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

Looking forward to it

6. IosDroid

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

Be honest and make an Android phone already!

13. Doakie

Posts: 2443; Member since: May 06, 2009

They need to bite the bullet and pull a BlackBerry. They need to have the Arrow Launcher team switch to the Metro UI with live tiles instead of an Android style launcher theme. Then they need to make or team up with a manufacturer to make an Android phone using that launcher with all the Microsoft services pre installed. That way they can have all the Google app ecosystem while getting more traffic for their services. It would be really smart of them just to pay Samsung to use Microsoft's launcher on that Samsung S8 Microsoft Edition thing they sell in the Microsoft Store.

7. miketer

Posts: 471; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

About time.

9. Nopers unregistered

Sorry but I don’t think this will go anywhere, what have they really changed from the windows 10 mobile days? Have they suddenly got thousands of app developers on board? I highly doubt it.

11. Bankz

Posts: 2442; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

First of all, the surface will win over some customers through state of the art hardware and software implementation. Just like the original iphone that wowed people through a state of the art operating system at the time even if they lacked some certain "must have" features like mms, bluetooth, filemanager, copy n paste etc. As for the apps situation, developers will be more interested in thd platform now than they were before at least based on the uniqueness of the device alone. Microsoft are developing a new OS software thats based on windows 10 through a platform named andromeda and this will be made possible by employing CShell (composable shell) of which its purpose is to shrink the window 10 ui into any screen size. So what you'll technically be running on the surface device are x86 apps, which should in theory solve some of the app issues. From here on it will be up to the developers and we consumers to do our part and i for one will do my part by being a day one buyer.

12. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Stop dreaming

14. Doakie

Posts: 2443; Member since: May 06, 2009

The dishes are done man.

19. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

It's no far fetched dream. It could literally and practically replace everyone's work phone and PC at my work place. Dock it while in the office and utilize Win32 applications like the full Office 2016 Suite, eTap, and MatLab. all on the big screen via continuum, then while on the go, use it for phone calls, e-mails, notes, etc. All without any need for a separate remote server that just adds latency to the work flow. Considering an Intel Centrino 2 chipset from 2008 could easily run all of the above applications (I used them on my Laptop while going through university), it's not impossible for a SD835 to do the same via Windows 10 on ARM.

20. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Also, considering how GPD got over 500% funding for both its pocketable Windows 10 PC, even without CShell making the content fit for the screen: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gpd-win-intel-z8700-win-10-os-game-console-laptop#/ https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gpd-pocket-7-0-umpc-laptop-ubuntu-or-win-10-os-laptop--2#/ There's obviously demand for a full pocket PC device.

25. sgodsell

Posts: 6585; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Bankz is always out in left field. The thing is smartphones are part of almost everyone's life. They are much more convenient than Desktops or laptops, or even tablets could ever be. That is why phablets started to cannibalize both Android tablets and iOS tablets. They continue to do so. All while adding in more features that help to keeps users glued to their smartphones. Not to mention the convenience and utility of some apps and games that are easier to use and interact with than other platforms that do have or offer those existing convenience. If any part of that equation is broken, then you will loose people. That's what happened to Microsoft's​ mobile platform in the first place

10. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

I think this will be DOA. Windows on phone already dead. Balmer kill windows on phone by bulying his way. And Jeff Belfiore kill windows by having the metro UI forced to user.

17. Subie

Posts: 2223; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I definitely look forward to seeing something new from Microsoft. Bring it!

18. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Lot's of dreams and hopes which I never really care for, MS is never ready for anything and anywhere, if indeed release a new slew of phones, maybe the dreams of .00000001% will might get and will exchange it later, Android and iOS gonna stay, so stop dreaming and get over the fact.

22. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1499; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I'll believe it when I see it, Microsoft has ruined so many attempts at mobile already. I'd say give it up, but it's obviously the future. Someday desktops and even bulky laptops won't be all that common unless you NEED the processing power.

23. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

DOA. Next.

26. rsiders

Posts: 1768; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

When it comes to Microsoft, i will hold all excitement until something is confirmed. I had a year old when i left Windows Phone and she's turning five this year. That's pretty sad that nothing significant has happened in four years in mobile.

28. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Its basically a give now that the next batch of Windows Phones will be Windows10 on ARM. I rather wait for them to get it right and debugged before shipping a half-arsed product ( Like WP7, WP8, WP10, etc.. ) Get it right first. Because if they ship a buggy product it will fail. If they are to take on iOS and Android, they will need multiple hones using WIN10 on ARM to attack the market all at one time. They have ONE more shot at it, and its only if its a true PocketPC. Win10 Mobile is dead for all purposes.

29. Xavier1415

Posts: 132; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Excited!!

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