Surface Phone isn't dead but is being overhauled for a possible 2019 release

Surface Phone isn't dead but is being overhauled for a possible 2019 release
A new report published today indicates that Microsoft had three Surface projects codenamed Libra (Surface Go), Carmel (Surface Pro 6) and Andromeda. The first device, a $400 tablet made to compete with the Apple iPad, was unveiled last week. Andromeda is the foldable device that has been called the long, long awaited Surface Phone. Some renders showing the device, which were said to look precisely like the engineering samples run by Microsoft, got everyone excited. Andromeda, expected to be launched before the end of the year, was then abruptly put on hold at the beginning of this month.

The good news is that the project wasn't killed. However, the report cites multiple sources as saying that Microsoft is overhauling both the hardware and software for the foldable device. Even though Microsoft characterized Andromeda as "disruptive," apparently it wasn't compelling enough in its original incarnation for the company to release it. It almost sounds like a repeat of the Surface Mini, which was canceled by Microsoft just before production was about to start back in 2014. The plug was pulled because Microsoft felt that the tablet wouldn't sell in its segment of the tablet market.

The first possible release date for a reworked Andromeda would be late 2019, according to those inside Microsoft. Not only will the kinks need to be worked out, but an overhauled Surface Phone will need to go through the internal reviews and approval process all over again.

Make no mistake about it. While the foldable Surface Phone appears to be alive and well, it won't be released until Microsoft feels that it has a hit on its hands.

source: Thurott

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15 Comments

1. aashis.sapkota

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Same old story with Microsoft.

2. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Get rid of that foldable screen. I would buy a phone that runs full Windows 10 Pro in a heartbeat. Not that Windows 10S bs.

13. path45th

Posts: 407; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

You will need a good quality of magnifying glass, too.

3. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 762; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Does anyone still believe this at this point?

4. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Considering the presumably poor execution of it up to this point...I absolutely believe it is consistent with the way Microsoft does things and therefore believe it.

5. cozze02

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

what os is it going to run on, windows phone lol

6. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

what’s with PA always posting an article about the non existent surface phone? Are they always gonna make an article about it every year until it’s finally out?

9. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Are you going to keep clicking on the article?

10. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Of course, how can i comment or read it if i dont click on the article?

7. Divahipsterova

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 26, 2017

It will be 10th anniversary edition {from the announcement}

8. Pureviewuser1

Posts: 160; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

I loved windows phone despite its limitations but jumped ship to android after getting tired of waiting for a new device and thjs surface phone ive been waiting for it for a long time i doubt if i will ever go back even if it is released if it ever gets released it would have to be something really special for me to return.

11. aihpcfl unregistered

It will OBE soon, I'm afraid.

12. toyboyz

Posts: 235; Member since: Jan 22, 2010

Gotta say I'm not hating the design pics above.!but maybe a little more defined keyboard

15. cryptonx

Posts: 60; Member since: Jan 05, 2016

Just release a good damned android phone with Cortana and ur crappy launcher and call ot day .. pitch it to buisness users and voila.

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