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Bill Brown 2018-05-23
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Update: New Surface Phone information suggests it might have a built-in projector, come in two models and go by the name Surface Mobile.

The Surface Phone is the stuff of smartphone legend, with rumors of the device dating back to 2012.

At least, according to a bit of code hidden within Windows 10.

Who knows when we’ll get our hands on the Surface Phone, but we hope it actually exists.

Most rumors so far suggest the Surface Phone will have a 5.5-inch display, and the resolution could be 1440 x 2560 – though that leak came in 2015, so could be out of date.

ClearBlack is a technology which reduces reflections, and has been used on some Lumia phones, while AMOLED is most famously used by Samsung, but has also appeared on Windows handsets such as the Microsoft Lumia 950, and typically delivers vivid colors with great contrast.

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Efrain Johnson 2017-10-16
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It once seemed inevitable that Microsoft would create a Surface Phone, a handset designed by the same engineering team responsible for the Surface Book and Surface Pro.

The company has denied those rumors, but the rumors and leaks have continued, suggesting it’s something the company may still be considering — even if it may not be a product it’s actively developing.

Here’s everything we know so far about the mythical Microsoft Surface Phone.

Microsoft kills Windows Phone, putting the Surface Phone’s future in doubt

After months of speculation, it’s finally official: Microsoft is killing off Windows Phone, the mobile phone operating system that was widely expected to ship on the Surface Phone.

In a tweet on October 8, Joe Belfiore, Microsoft’s head of Windows, wrote that the company would no longer “support the platform [with] new features.”

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Ruth Reed 2018-07-02
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Just a few days after The Verge seemed to all but confirm Microsoft’s folding phone-sized PC was a real, imminent product, another report suggests the project has been delayed – perhaps indefinitely.

That said, this doesn’t mean Microsoft has scrapped the project entirely; it simply might not live on in the form factor we expected.

According to the article’s sources, Andromeda might end up being more of a small foldable PC than a phone-sized device.

That would allow it to allow it to run traditional Win32 apps rather than just Universal Windows Platform apps from the Windows Store.

If you’re wondering how a project could be shut down so soon after the recent leaks, Foley makes the important point that one of the reasons people leak projects in the first place is to prevent them from being cancelled.

Few people would need an additional device beyond their phone and PC or tablet.

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Ramon Delo 2017-12-27

Surface Phone clue as patent shows dual-display and 360-degree rotation support, but will anyone care?

A patent has been discovered online that provides further hints to the unique design of the long rumoured Surface phone from Microsoft.

Existing patents for the device, supposedly arriving next year (but not confirmed in any official capacity), have already revealed the device could have a foldable body and display.

But now a new patent hints at the possible Surface Phone hinge that can rotate through 360 degrees.

The patent has the title of “Hinge with Free-Stop function” shows a mobile-type device with a hinge that supports rotation of 360-degrees.

The thinking here is that it could help meet the demands of those users looking for mobile devices with larger displays as they can offer a better user experience.

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Anthony Breedlove 2016-11-07

Do these photos show the Surface Phone, or another device entirely?

Smartphone fans have been left in a flurry after a series of photos leaked online showing what some believe could be the long-rumoured Surface Phone.

The shots, published to Twitter by serial smartphone sleuth Evan Blass, show a sleek black smartphone running what appears to be a full version on Windows 10.

Alongside a collection of renders of the mysterious phone, Blass – known to the Twitterverse as @evleaks – uploaded photos that appear to show the handset being used in the wild.

According to Blass, said handset is powered by a laptop-grade Intel processor.

It should be noted that Blass never once mentions the term 'Surface Phone', although that hasn't stopped excited Twitter users speculating that the device could be the fabled Windows 10 flagship.

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Jeff Smith 2016-12-07
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The Surface Phone is the stuff of smartphone legend, with rumors of the device dating back to 2012.

Most rumors so far suggest the Surface Phone will have a 5.5-inch display, and the resolution could be 1440 x 2560 – though that leak came in 2015, so could be out of date.

ClearBlack is a technology which reduces reflections, and has been used on some Lumia phones, while AMOLED is most famously used by Samsung, but has also appeared on Windows handsets such as the Microsoft Lumia 950, and typically delivers vivid colors with great contrast.

TechRadar s take: It s too soon to have much confidence in design rumors, but it would make sense for Microsoft to launch a premium-looking handset, distinct from the Lumia line, so a metal unibody is very possible.

We don t know what the battery will be, but it s rumored that the Surface Phone will use a Snapdragon 835 chipset, which supports Quick Charge 4.0 for supposedly 20% faster charging than the current Quick Charge 3.0 system on many flagship phones.

TechRadar s take: We d expect a high-spec and high-quality camera on the Surface Phone, but don t count on a 21MP one given the age of that rumor.

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Danny Knackstedt 2018-05-23
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Now speculation that Microsoft continues work on the much talked about Surface Phone has gained new momentum.

In any case, judging by code found in a recently released utvecklarkit for Windows 10 and that refers to a ”Factory OS Andromeda Device”.

this reports the news site Tech Radar.

the Code was found by a user who posted the finding on Twitter, and it started a discussion about Microsoft is not only working on a Surface Phone, but they also may have come a bit on the road.

Andromeda OS as the code refers to is an upcoming version of Windows 10 that will be a modular operating system and that makes Microsoft can add or remove features that are tailored for the device that the software is running on.

some rumors claim that the Andromeda OS initially will target mobile devices and, possibly, when the Surface Phone.

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Timothy Corn 2016-06-01
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COMING SOON: Microsoft is rumoured to be building a new Windows 10 Mobile device, Surface Phone

Microsoft is believed to be hard at work on a flagship Surface Phone.

A photo posted in the user forum of Baidu appears to offer the first glimpse at the revived Surface Phone project.

According to BGR, the photograph is believed to be authentic and comes from a source who has leaked accurate information in the past.

The leaked render shows a Surface Phone with a keyboard cover that appears to have similar functionality to the Touch Cover line of accessories shipped with the Surface tablets.

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The Redmond technology firm is increasingly moving focus to rival platforms, releasing a touch-optimised version of Microsoft Office on iOS ahead of its own smartphone platform, and now the US firm is retooling its record-breaking keyboard for iPhone users, too.

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Owen Grundy 2018-07-06
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Surface Phone fans are hoping that a grassroots campaign will help persuade Microsoft to reverse its reported decision on cancelling its unannounced dual-screen computing device.

A Change.org petition is asking hopeful buyers of the Surface Phone to add their signatures in an effort to convince Microsoft to continue its course in launching the project later this year, which was known by its Andromeda code name.

“All the fans of Windows Phone want Microsoft to release the Surface Phone aka Surface Andromeda Phone Project that has been leaking out lately with the phone screen that can turn into a tablet,” the petition reads.

“Money is power and if a lot of people want a Surface phone like the ones in the leaks then they will be forced into action as everyone knows Microsoft wouldn’t be able to give a reason on why not to do it to there [sic] investors, as its too much of a money opportunity to miss.”

The original writer of the Change.org petition, Zachary Hinski, speculates that consumers may not mind paying $799-$999 for the device.

That cost would be in line with the price for some of today’s flagship phones, including iPhone models from Apple, but it’s unclear if Microsoft would be able to get the price that low, given the innovative size and components that would have gone into the design.

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Robert Massaro 2016-11-27
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Microsoft's yet-to-be-confirmed Surface Phone could arrive packing some serious specs if online leaks are accurate, including a whopping 6GB of RAM and detachable keyboard.

The latest information comes courtesy of Nokia Power User, and follows a week in which Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella, all-but confirmed the company is working on a mobile device in an interview with the Australian Financial Review.

According to NPU, the Surface Phone is currently being developed in a number of different configurations as is standard practice in smartphone development , so it's possible that either the 4GB or 6GB variant won't make it to market.

Or perhaps Microsoft will offer different levels of RAM and other varying specs, similar to Windows computing hardware.

The prototypes do have the Snapdragon 835 processor in common, and the higher-spec model can reportedly already run X86 apps in Microsoft's Continuum mode.

The 4GB version can't yet do this, however.

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Eric Spilde 2016-05-30
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Microsoft Surface Phone Photo

It was clear at launch all the way back in 2010 that Microsoft s revamped mobile platform wasn t perfect, but it showed so much promise.

Now, Windows Phone is all but dead, and not even Microsoft s sleek new Surface phone will be able to save it.

Of course, that probably explains why Microsoft s share of the global smartphone market fell below 1% in the first quarter this year.

It s also a painfully clear indication that you shouldn t purchase a Windows-powered smartphone, no matter how appealing it looks.

The photo above was posted on Baidu in the user forum and while nothing has been confirmed, it is believed to be authentic and it comes from a source that has leaked accurate info in the past.

The photo shows a Surface Phone with a nifty keyboard cover that appears similar in functionality to the Touch Cover line of accessories Microsoft created for its surface tablets.

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Nicholas Patton 2018-06-28
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Microsoft Surface Phone rumors have been dormant, except for a slow drop of leaks every once in a blue moon, but today we’re getting a better idea of how the Andromeda OS-powered device may function if it does in fact launch.

The Surface Phone may feature a foldable design with five different preset positions, according to code found by PhoneArena.

This isn’t all that different from speculation we’ve seen in the past, we had a hint that the Surface Phone may be able to become a tiny laptop but this is different – we could see varying functionality depending on the physical orientation of the device.

This would be far more complex than the foldable Android devices we’ve seen, like the ZTE Axon M, which just extended the display.

How would a keyboard feel in the supposed laptop form factor?

If it’s all screen, will Microsoft implement an under-display fingerprint reader, as we’re expecting from the Samsung Galaxy S10?

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William Figueroa 2017-01-17
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Here s what we know about the Microsoft Surface Phone release date, specs, features, price and more.

Update: 16 January 2017 : A recently granted Microsoft patent reveals a new type of mobile device that switches between tablet and smartphone modes using folding hinges.

Microsoft has had very limited success with mobile, struggling to acquire any meaningful amount of market share.

With titans like Apple and Google currently dominating the industry, Microsoft is under immense pressure to crack mobile successfully.

First half of 2017 possibly

How much will the Surface Phone cost?

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Joseph Averitt 2018-04-28
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Rumor has it that Microsoft is working on a two-screen clamshell mobile device code-named Andromeda that may be branded the “Surface Phone.” (The more likely branding may be “Surface Pad,” or something like that, to de-emphasize the phone function.)

So Microsoft needs to offer a very appealing, business-friendly device that breaks all the rules.

Going further, I think the Surface Phone is just what the mobile market needs — just what you need — and for the following 10 reasons:

Phones and tablets are boring

In the world’s hottest and previously fastest-growing smartphone market, China, smartphone shipments just dropped 21%.

But the biggest, in my opinion, is that users are bored with glass rectangles.

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Brian Williams 2018-07-03
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It doesn’t seem to be a good year for Microsoft fans, especially fans waiting for the Windows-powered mobile device to show them all who’s boss.

Actually, it has never been a good few years for Windows Phone/Windows Mobile believers and, at least for now, it sounds like they never will have a good year.

It was only later that Microsoft even acknowledged its existence, much less why it was killed.

Nor did it fit with any of Microsoft’s cash cows, like Office.

It even had actual products it sold to early adopters.

Microsoft has not yet formally declared it but there is no question left in anyone’s minds.

collect
0
Richard Lee 2018-03-01
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The flurry of Microsoft Surface Phone patent images just will not stop, with the latest showing off a particularly fascinating functionality: a full-size touchscreen keyboard via a new ‘determinative hinge.’

Picked up by notable Microsoft leaker WalkingCat, these patent shots depict the same purported Surface Phone we’ve seen before being used as such a device, but with one new wrinkle.

This is the first time we’ve seen Microsoft’s new ‘determinative hinge,’ and it could be the key to the would-be Surface Phone working as a miniature laptop in a pinch.

This ‘determinative hinge,’ as Microsoft calls it within its patent descriptions, is notched at one point on its surface (teehee), specifically the 135-degree mark.

This allows the phone’s screens to remain steady in a clamshell laptop orientation when standing up to touch interactions either on the digital keyboard or the proper display.

From there, the device can – supposedly – easily enter a fully splayed-out tablet orientation with a bit more pressure than you would use to simply tap icons.

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Bill Brown 2018-05-23
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Update: New Surface Phone information suggests it might have a built-in projector, come in two models and go by the name Surface Mobile.

The Surface Phone is the stuff of smartphone legend, with rumors of the device dating back to 2012.

At least, according to a bit of code hidden within Windows 10.

Who knows when we’ll get our hands on the Surface Phone, but we hope it actually exists.

Most rumors so far suggest the Surface Phone will have a 5.5-inch display, and the resolution could be 1440 x 2560 – though that leak came in 2015, so could be out of date.

ClearBlack is a technology which reduces reflections, and has been used on some Lumia phones, while AMOLED is most famously used by Samsung, but has also appeared on Windows handsets such as the Microsoft Lumia 950, and typically delivers vivid colors with great contrast.

Ruth Reed 2018-07-02
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Just a few days after The Verge seemed to all but confirm Microsoft’s folding phone-sized PC was a real, imminent product, another report suggests the project has been delayed – perhaps indefinitely.

That said, this doesn’t mean Microsoft has scrapped the project entirely; it simply might not live on in the form factor we expected.

According to the article’s sources, Andromeda might end up being more of a small foldable PC than a phone-sized device.

That would allow it to allow it to run traditional Win32 apps rather than just Universal Windows Platform apps from the Windows Store.

If you’re wondering how a project could be shut down so soon after the recent leaks, Foley makes the important point that one of the reasons people leak projects in the first place is to prevent them from being cancelled.

Few people would need an additional device beyond their phone and PC or tablet.

Anthony Breedlove 2016-11-07

Do these photos show the Surface Phone, or another device entirely?

Smartphone fans have been left in a flurry after a series of photos leaked online showing what some believe could be the long-rumoured Surface Phone.

The shots, published to Twitter by serial smartphone sleuth Evan Blass, show a sleek black smartphone running what appears to be a full version on Windows 10.

Alongside a collection of renders of the mysterious phone, Blass – known to the Twitterverse as @evleaks – uploaded photos that appear to show the handset being used in the wild.

According to Blass, said handset is powered by a laptop-grade Intel processor.

It should be noted that Blass never once mentions the term 'Surface Phone', although that hasn't stopped excited Twitter users speculating that the device could be the fabled Windows 10 flagship.

Danny Knackstedt 2018-05-23
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Now speculation that Microsoft continues work on the much talked about Surface Phone has gained new momentum.

In any case, judging by code found in a recently released utvecklarkit for Windows 10 and that refers to a ”Factory OS Andromeda Device”.

this reports the news site Tech Radar.

the Code was found by a user who posted the finding on Twitter, and it started a discussion about Microsoft is not only working on a Surface Phone, but they also may have come a bit on the road.

Andromeda OS as the code refers to is an upcoming version of Windows 10 that will be a modular operating system and that makes Microsoft can add or remove features that are tailored for the device that the software is running on.

some rumors claim that the Andromeda OS initially will target mobile devices and, possibly, when the Surface Phone.

Owen Grundy 2018-07-06
img

Surface Phone fans are hoping that a grassroots campaign will help persuade Microsoft to reverse its reported decision on cancelling its unannounced dual-screen computing device.

A Change.org petition is asking hopeful buyers of the Surface Phone to add their signatures in an effort to convince Microsoft to continue its course in launching the project later this year, which was known by its Andromeda code name.

“All the fans of Windows Phone want Microsoft to release the Surface Phone aka Surface Andromeda Phone Project that has been leaking out lately with the phone screen that can turn into a tablet,” the petition reads.

“Money is power and if a lot of people want a Surface phone like the ones in the leaks then they will be forced into action as everyone knows Microsoft wouldn’t be able to give a reason on why not to do it to there [sic] investors, as its too much of a money opportunity to miss.”

The original writer of the Change.org petition, Zachary Hinski, speculates that consumers may not mind paying $799-$999 for the device.

That cost would be in line with the price for some of today’s flagship phones, including iPhone models from Apple, but it’s unclear if Microsoft would be able to get the price that low, given the innovative size and components that would have gone into the design.

Eric Spilde 2016-05-30
img

Microsoft Surface Phone Photo

It was clear at launch all the way back in 2010 that Microsoft s revamped mobile platform wasn t perfect, but it showed so much promise.

Now, Windows Phone is all but dead, and not even Microsoft s sleek new Surface phone will be able to save it.

Of course, that probably explains why Microsoft s share of the global smartphone market fell below 1% in the first quarter this year.

It s also a painfully clear indication that you shouldn t purchase a Windows-powered smartphone, no matter how appealing it looks.

The photo above was posted on Baidu in the user forum and while nothing has been confirmed, it is believed to be authentic and it comes from a source that has leaked accurate info in the past.

The photo shows a Surface Phone with a nifty keyboard cover that appears similar in functionality to the Touch Cover line of accessories Microsoft created for its surface tablets.

William Figueroa 2017-01-17
img

Here s what we know about the Microsoft Surface Phone release date, specs, features, price and more.

Update: 16 January 2017 : A recently granted Microsoft patent reveals a new type of mobile device that switches between tablet and smartphone modes using folding hinges.

Microsoft has had very limited success with mobile, struggling to acquire any meaningful amount of market share.

With titans like Apple and Google currently dominating the industry, Microsoft is under immense pressure to crack mobile successfully.

First half of 2017 possibly

How much will the Surface Phone cost?

Brian Williams 2018-07-03
img

It doesn’t seem to be a good year for Microsoft fans, especially fans waiting for the Windows-powered mobile device to show them all who’s boss.

Actually, it has never been a good few years for Windows Phone/Windows Mobile believers and, at least for now, it sounds like they never will have a good year.

It was only later that Microsoft even acknowledged its existence, much less why it was killed.

Nor did it fit with any of Microsoft’s cash cows, like Office.

It even had actual products it sold to early adopters.

Microsoft has not yet formally declared it but there is no question left in anyone’s minds.

Efrain Johnson 2017-10-16
img

It once seemed inevitable that Microsoft would create a Surface Phone, a handset designed by the same engineering team responsible for the Surface Book and Surface Pro.

The company has denied those rumors, but the rumors and leaks have continued, suggesting it’s something the company may still be considering — even if it may not be a product it’s actively developing.

Here’s everything we know so far about the mythical Microsoft Surface Phone.

Microsoft kills Windows Phone, putting the Surface Phone’s future in doubt

After months of speculation, it’s finally official: Microsoft is killing off Windows Phone, the mobile phone operating system that was widely expected to ship on the Surface Phone.

In a tweet on October 8, Joe Belfiore, Microsoft’s head of Windows, wrote that the company would no longer “support the platform [with] new features.”

Ramon Delo 2017-12-27

Surface Phone clue as patent shows dual-display and 360-degree rotation support, but will anyone care?

A patent has been discovered online that provides further hints to the unique design of the long rumoured Surface phone from Microsoft.

Existing patents for the device, supposedly arriving next year (but not confirmed in any official capacity), have already revealed the device could have a foldable body and display.

But now a new patent hints at the possible Surface Phone hinge that can rotate through 360 degrees.

The patent has the title of “Hinge with Free-Stop function” shows a mobile-type device with a hinge that supports rotation of 360-degrees.

The thinking here is that it could help meet the demands of those users looking for mobile devices with larger displays as they can offer a better user experience.

Jeff Smith 2016-12-07
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The Surface Phone is the stuff of smartphone legend, with rumors of the device dating back to 2012.

Most rumors so far suggest the Surface Phone will have a 5.5-inch display, and the resolution could be 1440 x 2560 – though that leak came in 2015, so could be out of date.

ClearBlack is a technology which reduces reflections, and has been used on some Lumia phones, while AMOLED is most famously used by Samsung, but has also appeared on Windows handsets such as the Microsoft Lumia 950, and typically delivers vivid colors with great contrast.

TechRadar s take: It s too soon to have much confidence in design rumors, but it would make sense for Microsoft to launch a premium-looking handset, distinct from the Lumia line, so a metal unibody is very possible.

We don t know what the battery will be, but it s rumored that the Surface Phone will use a Snapdragon 835 chipset, which supports Quick Charge 4.0 for supposedly 20% faster charging than the current Quick Charge 3.0 system on many flagship phones.

TechRadar s take: We d expect a high-spec and high-quality camera on the Surface Phone, but don t count on a 21MP one given the age of that rumor.

Timothy Corn 2016-06-01
img

COMING SOON: Microsoft is rumoured to be building a new Windows 10 Mobile device, Surface Phone

Microsoft is believed to be hard at work on a flagship Surface Phone.

A photo posted in the user forum of Baidu appears to offer the first glimpse at the revived Surface Phone project.

According to BGR, the photograph is believed to be authentic and comes from a source who has leaked accurate information in the past.

The leaked render shows a Surface Phone with a keyboard cover that appears to have similar functionality to the Touch Cover line of accessories shipped with the Surface tablets.

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The Redmond technology firm is increasingly moving focus to rival platforms, releasing a touch-optimised version of Microsoft Office on iOS ahead of its own smartphone platform, and now the US firm is retooling its record-breaking keyboard for iPhone users, too.

Robert Massaro 2016-11-27
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Microsoft's yet-to-be-confirmed Surface Phone could arrive packing some serious specs if online leaks are accurate, including a whopping 6GB of RAM and detachable keyboard.

The latest information comes courtesy of Nokia Power User, and follows a week in which Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella, all-but confirmed the company is working on a mobile device in an interview with the Australian Financial Review.

According to NPU, the Surface Phone is currently being developed in a number of different configurations as is standard practice in smartphone development , so it's possible that either the 4GB or 6GB variant won't make it to market.

Or perhaps Microsoft will offer different levels of RAM and other varying specs, similar to Windows computing hardware.

The prototypes do have the Snapdragon 835 processor in common, and the higher-spec model can reportedly already run X86 apps in Microsoft's Continuum mode.

The 4GB version can't yet do this, however.

Nicholas Patton 2018-06-28
img

Microsoft Surface Phone rumors have been dormant, except for a slow drop of leaks every once in a blue moon, but today we’re getting a better idea of how the Andromeda OS-powered device may function if it does in fact launch.

The Surface Phone may feature a foldable design with five different preset positions, according to code found by PhoneArena.

This isn’t all that different from speculation we’ve seen in the past, we had a hint that the Surface Phone may be able to become a tiny laptop but this is different – we could see varying functionality depending on the physical orientation of the device.

This would be far more complex than the foldable Android devices we’ve seen, like the ZTE Axon M, which just extended the display.

How would a keyboard feel in the supposed laptop form factor?

If it’s all screen, will Microsoft implement an under-display fingerprint reader, as we’re expecting from the Samsung Galaxy S10?

Joseph Averitt 2018-04-28
img

Rumor has it that Microsoft is working on a two-screen clamshell mobile device code-named Andromeda that may be branded the “Surface Phone.” (The more likely branding may be “Surface Pad,” or something like that, to de-emphasize the phone function.)

So Microsoft needs to offer a very appealing, business-friendly device that breaks all the rules.

Going further, I think the Surface Phone is just what the mobile market needs — just what you need — and for the following 10 reasons:

Phones and tablets are boring

In the world’s hottest and previously fastest-growing smartphone market, China, smartphone shipments just dropped 21%.

But the biggest, in my opinion, is that users are bored with glass rectangles.

Richard Lee 2018-03-01
img

The flurry of Microsoft Surface Phone patent images just will not stop, with the latest showing off a particularly fascinating functionality: a full-size touchscreen keyboard via a new ‘determinative hinge.’

Picked up by notable Microsoft leaker WalkingCat, these patent shots depict the same purported Surface Phone we’ve seen before being used as such a device, but with one new wrinkle.

This is the first time we’ve seen Microsoft’s new ‘determinative hinge,’ and it could be the key to the would-be Surface Phone working as a miniature laptop in a pinch.

This ‘determinative hinge,’ as Microsoft calls it within its patent descriptions, is notched at one point on its surface (teehee), specifically the 135-degree mark.

This allows the phone’s screens to remain steady in a clamshell laptop orientation when standing up to touch interactions either on the digital keyboard or the proper display.

From there, the device can – supposedly – easily enter a fully splayed-out tablet orientation with a bit more pressure than you would use to simply tap icons.