Reports indicate that Microsoft is looking to launch a new smartphone in the near future. This was disclosed in a podcast featuring Microsoft’s chief executive officer Satya Nadella. Previously, Microsoft has indicated an intention to provide the market with a smartphone that is distinct from anything else on offer.
“We will continue to be in the phone market not as defined by today’s market leaders, but by what it is that we can uniquely do in what is the most ultimate mobile device,” Nadella was previously quoted as saying.
In the podcast Nadella hinted that the Continuum feature on the Windows 10 OS which debuted two years ago would be instrumental in Microsoft’s future smartphone ambitions. The feature works alongside a display dock that is a standalone and which, when connected to a smartphone that is compatible, enables a PC-like experience.
Further adding to the credibility of a Surface phone being in the pipeline is the fact that a publication in Taiwan has reported that a supplier with ties to Microsoft has been contracted to build the rumored device. According to the Commercial Times, a Taiwanese newspaper, the supplier is Pegatron and the launch of the new device is likely to be towards the end of this year of early next year.
It is understood that there will be three variants of the Surface smartphone. Like with other Microsoft products such as the Windows operating system which are usually aimed at different levels of consumers, the three versions of the Surface smartphone will be targeted at enterprise consumers, professional consumers as well as general consumers.
Reports also suggest that the Surface smartphone will be running x86 applications and a chipset from Intel. Additionally, Microsoft Pen technology will be supported in the smartphone. With regards to the specifications, the Surface smartphone is expected to have an AMOLED screen measuring 5.5 inches and a RAM of 4GB. There will be various storage options ranging from 64GB to 128GB besides a microSD card that could have a capacity that could reach 256GB.
The Surface smartphone will also sport both a rear-view and a front-facing camera with the former being 21 megapixels and the latter being 8 megapixels. If Microsoft goes ahead to launch the Surface phone it would be a natural growth for a range of devices that have been gradually increasing. Now the Surface lineup includes Surface Studio, Surface Pro series and the Surface Book.