Pegatron has kicked off production trials for Microsoft's elusive Surface Phone, report claims

Although Windows Phone devices were definitely not a priority for Microsoft in 2016, the tech giant's CEO Satya Nadella recently raised lots of eyebrows by claiming that it's Microsoft's intention to eventually bring forth "the ultimate mobile device". Supposedly, this will be the ever-elusive Surface Phone, which has been a favorite rumor subject for the Microsoft-loving crowd.

A recent report from the Commercial Times of Taiwan doesn't beat around the bush either, claiming that Pegatron has already begun procuring production trials on Microsoft's Surface Phone. Pegatron, as you likely know, does not only produce a large chunk of Apple's iPhone each and every year but is also responsible for the manufacturing of the Surface Studio, Redmond's costly desktop workstation. This ongoing partnership between Pegatron and Microsoft is definitely pouring more oil into the fire, making the rumor rather plausible.

On a related note, we seem to know a few more tidbits of info about the Surface Phone. We heard through the grapevine that it might be armed with a Snapdragon 835 chipset and sport a fingerprint scanner embedded in the display. It is also pegged to be capable of emulating x86 apps on the ARM architecture in Continuum mode, which is a rumored upcoming feature of Windows 10 scheduled for late 2017 release, coinciding with the phone's rumored release.

Yes, that's right, it seems that Microsoft won't be rushing that mythical Surface Phone - the device is said to arrive in late 2017 or even early 2018... if it is slated to arrive at all. Until then, all we are left with are artists' renditions of what the device might look like, just like Behance's concept Surface Phone right below. 



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source: CTEE via PatentlyApple

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11 Comments

1. Pureviewuser1

Posts: 148; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

Cant wait

2. SIGPRO

Posts: 2813; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Instant buy! This will be the ultimate phone!

3. patrioticwarrior

Posts: 134; Member since: Nov 09, 2016

By the way why Microsoft is not using their nokia owned factory to build the surface phones

4. SIGPRO

Posts: 2813; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Because they sold it a few months ago!

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Late 2017/early 2018...? The Surface Phone is still pretty far for me to get excited about these rumours... Not to mention it could as well never see the light of the day, after all.

6. metalicblue

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 05, 2016

i bet it wont be a surface " phone " like all those 5 inch phones in the market i bet they are going after samsung note with a surface Note they can differentiate with a note-like device more than a phone especially because they are promoting productivity and office

7. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

I don't understand how WP is still alive.

8. Subie

Posts: 2324; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Bring it Microsoft. A true Surface phone would only show how the rest could elevate their game just as the Surface pro tablets have done.

9. hhvdblom

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

That is NOT what Nadella says will be the Ultimate Phone. The 835 has not enough power to be that phone. It think they keep both lines. So there will be an ARM/with x64 emulation AND a Kaby Lake-Y Phone. The only way its gonna be "Ultimate" will be with a real power horse CPU and the Kaby Lake-Y can deliver on that promise. Kaby Lake-Y is expensive and will cost more than ARM phones.

10. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Bring on the practical Pocket PC Microsoft. Hope it'll be worthy of the Surface brand like the concept shown in the article...

11. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Folks Windows smart phones sales have been very low these days especially since it is known that Microsoft is ending the Sales of it's Lumia brand of smart phones. microsoft should make the Surface smart Hone for 3 good reason which are 1=To let the Tech Industry & the Public know it backs it's OWN Product. 2=have an up to date smart phone to sell to businesses and the Public. 3= have a god up to date Windows smart phone to sell to Businesses and the Windows smart phone fans and regular Windows smart phone owners who already use Windows smart phones to upgrade to.

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