Microsoft Surface Phone tipped to launch in latter half of 2016
Dec 03 2015
The said phone which would augment Microsoft's Surface line could be unveiled in 2016.
There are hardly any details at this point about the Surface Phone. The recently announced Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book showcased a revitalized company interested in connected, first-party hardware with highly integrated services.
Little is known about the device itself, although rumors also suggest that Intel is involved with the project in some capacity. The Surface team is run by Panos Panay.
As for why the decision was made to begin work on the new phone, it's possible it has something to do with Panos Panay's promotion earlier this year, making him the head of Microsoft's premium device engineering.
When it comes to a more substantial release date, Rubino heard from multiple sources confirming that the phone will launch sometime in the second half of 2016. Microsoft had regrettably advised that, following some unexpected software issues, the release of the Microsoft Lumia will be slightly delayed. The smartphone is very competitive and hard to break into.
According to a lengthy report from Windows Central, this new Surface Phone is replacing an Intel-powered Windows 10 phone that was once in development but has since been cancelled.
Specifics on these software issues aren't yet available, but it'll be interesting to see how Microsoft plans to fix them, given the fact that the devices are shipped by retailers, which won't update phones before sending them to customers. Perhaps, building on the success of its tablet brothers, the Surface Phone could the savior that Microsoft has been hoping for for the past five years.
However, we can imagine, based on the design of the Surface tablets, that a Surface Phone will be nothing short of incredible.