Will the Surface Phone be powered by the Snapdragon 830 chipset and feature 8GB of RAM?

Will the Surface Phone be powered by the Snapdragon 830 chipset and feature 8GB of RAM?
Back in December, we told you that the Snapdragon 830 chipset (MSM 8998) would support 8GB of RAM. And what a surprise it was to find Microsoft officially listing the MSM 8998 as one of the chipsets that are supported by Windows 10 Mobile powered handsets. With Microsoft not exactly spending big bucks to heavily promote the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL (following a brutal first quarter, we could see a BOGO announced later tonight), it is entirely possible that the long rumored Surface Phone will contain the Snapdragon 830 SoC.

Actually, it could be as many as three Surface Phone variants that would be so endowed. We could see three Surface Phone models released in 2017. One would be for the general consumer, one would be heavily spec'd for us smartphone fanatics, and the third would be for the enterprise.

The Snapdragon 830 chipset is rumored to support a whopping 8GB of RAM which could make the Surface Pro a multitasking boss. Just keep in mind that Qualcomm has yet to officially introduce the Snapdragon 830 SoC, and Microsoft has not come close to revealing whether or not a Surface Phone (much less three of them) is on the horizon.

source: Forbes



1. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

It better have a big battery to match those specs.

34. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I pray the windows 10 mobile OS will be optimized to utilize the potential if these specs.. .even 6GB RAM would be insane to dream about.

35. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Guess Specs: 5.7 AMOLED QHD display Snapdragon 830 "liquid cooled" 4GB RAM base configurable to 8GB At least 3000 mAh battery Built in kickstand Latest and greatest windows 10 mobile OS with Cortana

38. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

it need more juice than that... also a great camera.. camera with biggest sensor for smartphone, ever..

49. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

3000mAh is oudated already. In 2017, it should have 4000mAh, to say the least!

2. jngo102

Posts: 50; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Could be a beast if Microsoft doesn't screw something up.

3. aznhachi

Posts: 212; Member since: Apr 12, 2016


73. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

All it needs to do is have windows 10 and be able to connect to a monitor

88. rsiders

Posts: 2038; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

This is a huge year for Microsoft on the app front. They have already introduced the iOS port Islandwood to developers. They need to really get the ball rolling porting big name apps while still hoping developers continue to make some unique Windows 10 Mobile apps. I myself will be watching to see how the app catalog grows with only a few that I really want missing anyway(ePSXe, Xfinity TV and TV Go and the Uber Partners app). Also I will look to see if they push camera imaging more as LG has done the best job for me as far as manual controls and interface. Finally as most people still get their phone through a carrier in the U.S., I want to see a huge release to all three carriers and not just AT&T. If these things happen and Microsoft actually spends money on pushing these devices rather than silently releasing them(Lumia 950/XL) I will be back with my old favorite OS again, and I think they could win a lot of new customers instead of the faithful who have hung in there with them.

4. artificialintelligence

Posts: 166; Member since: Dec 05, 2015

8Gigs of Ram so we can play gears or war and halo nice thinking Microsoft

12. Unordinary unregistered

8Gigs of Ram so we can play beta apps for the next 5 years. Don't kid yourself.

14. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

@Unordinary, you have no shame, do you? You keep on bashing anything non Apple. What apps do you run iPad Pro with 4GB RAM? Angry birds! A surface phone could run desktop apps! Keep ranting, and shut your mouth when others do the same on Apple devices. smh

24. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

R u blind? It says snapdragon 830, last time I checked, snapdragon was still arm based which means no desktop app, so wtf r u gonna use 8GiB of ram for? Windows phone multitasks more like iOS which suspends most apps when u go back home(or whatever you call that thingy). Now, back to the iPad, I kind of agree that more ram does not mean a lot, but 4GB is probably what it needs (max), any more than that would be total waste, the only situations the iPad pro would need so much ram would be webpage browsing, photoshop(lite), and the video rendering app I remember. Or u r better of f just buying the 2GiB ram version of the iPad. Back to our surface phone, if it uses an Intel core-m processor, than 8GB ram can be totally justified, if it uses some some arm based processor, than good luck using ur mighty 8GB ram to show off, because that would be the only thing you could do with it.

32. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Are you aware of Continuum? There will be an Intel Atom version of Surface Phone, if you had no clue.

39. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

intel atom? then we can forget about "gears or war and halo" thing above

50. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Atom isn't weak or incompatible, as you suggest

59. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Where in the hell did u see Intel atom is mentioned in the article, stay to the topic, it only says snapdragon, so no.

96. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Listen. I have a 950xl and love the phone and use it as my main PC as most of my apps are now available in continuum. But this is not big enough for MS to start a new category of phones. They will have to do something that really wows people and shatters peoples' expectations. The goal is a Pocket PC. And while intel atom new chips are great they may not get the job done. My guess is MS will have something else up their sleeve. And it's possible that a gaming Dock could be available as an accessory since DirectX12 can add GPU usage on the fly. But we can't make guesses as to what MS will do. We just know it will have to be big. I don't think That a new atom chip is big enough to get people to bite. They are purposely destroying their phone market and it has to be for a good reason. And doing something this simple is not a great reason. It will have to be big is all I'm saying.

31. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

"A surface phone could run desktop apps" Maybe Apps, not Programs such as Photoshop or Premiere. It could run only Universal Apps. This is an Arm Processor So it won't run Desktop Programs.

33. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

See post #32.

36. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

And why do you keep bashing apple ?

51. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

@Mercedes_Benz, show me where I bashed Apple. I'll wait.

53. Unordinary unregistered

Poor baby got his feeling hurt over some underdeveloped unwanted red headed step child OS lmfao.

74. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Okay, so what ?

84. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2281; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

But he's right, he's pointing out the hypocrisy that a lot of Apple fans have. Ironic thing is there are a very few Windows fans on this site - yet his response have more likes than yours

92. Unordinary unregistered

Obviously. This sites community mostly is pro-Android/anti apple lmao. Do the math. You're cute

95. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2281; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

So yoU agree with the first part of my comment. But he did sit you down, all you did was talk about feelings

89. iApologistsAreRetards

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

You owned him.

48. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Yeah, because RAM is the only thing you need to play games.

78. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

LOL. 1st Post got banned. Why?

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