It has long been rumoured that Microsoft is working on the Surface Phone. This year has seen many reports ranging from the Surface Phone’s alleged specifications to renders showing possible design language. On Friday, some images of the Surface Phone were posted by trusted tipster @evleaks. The designs were posted on Twitter with Evan Blass tweeting “powered by a laptop-class Intel processor, would this have blown your mind?”
Soon after, someone commented on Blass’ post saying that it was a “nice concept but nothing more”. Blass replied to the comment saying “Much more than a concept. Stay tuned,” and posted some more photos of the alleged Surface Phone, only this time shot in real-life settings, which strongly hint that Microsoft’s upcoming flagship may finally be coming soon.
While earlier rumours suggested that the Surface Phone would be powered by the Snapdragon 830 SoC paired with up to 8GB of RAM, Blass’ tweet now suggests that the phone will feature a laptop-class Intel processor.
Not much else is known on the specifications front, but what we can expect is that Microsoft is going to load its upcoming flagship smartphone with top-of-the-line specs targeting the high-end market. Microsoft’s recent trend shows that the company is focusing less on the entry-level market and is devoting all its resources on bringing out top-end Surface products with category innovation, and the newly-unveiled Surface Studio stands as proof. The move seems logical after the company has seen dismal performance from its Lumia phones.
The Surface Phone, which is rumoured to come in three models, is likely to compete with Apple”s latest iPhones and Google’s Pixels. The Surface Phone is expected to be launched in 2017, however, Blass’ latest tweet hints that Microsoft may be ready for an earlier unveiling.