After the launch of the latest Surface Book, it has been made clear that Microsoft is serious about their hardware division. Shifting onto latest hardware technology means a smartphone is coming soon.
As rumors have it, we will soon be witnessing the Surface Phone - probably as soon as October 2016.
There are expectations of three variants of the upcoming Surface Phone, all of them with top-notch specifications and running on Windows Phone OS.
Here is what the Surface Phone, launching in October 2016, is expected to pack in terms of features.
The Microsoft Surface Phone will apparently arrive in three variants, based on difference in memory and storage space.
The lowest end variant will have 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, the middle one - 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and the flagship version is expected to have a whopping 8GB of RAM and 256GB internal storage.
A 5.5-inch Quad-HD Super AMOLED display
The Surface Phone will sport a huge 5.5-inch display that is mostly the norm with Android flagships these days. It will be of Quad-HD resolution (2560x1440 pixels) and not 4k.
QHD is four times the definition of standard HD. That means you can fit the same number of pixels as four HD displays into a QHD display of the same size. A 5.5-inch QHD display has a pixel density of 538 ppi. For comparison, the pixel density of a 5.5-inch Full HD screen is 400 ppi.
A Magnesium Aluminum body
The Surface Phone has a metal unibody and the design is expected to have been borrowed from various OEMs. Some reports revealed that the company is working on a whole new refreshing design coming out of their traditional philosophy.
Follows the launch of Windows 10 Anniversary Update
It's been over eight months since the Windows 10 official launch happened and Microsoft claims that the software is now live on 270 million active devices, outpacing every Windows upgrade till date.
Nadella claims that people are spending more time on Windows than ever before - over 75 billion hours - with the highest customer satisfaction of any version of Windows.
Microsoft is calling this new update - the Anniversary Update and it packs in some unique new features, focused more on the security aspect of the software. It will support biometric authentication, something that will work with a fingerprint sensor placed next to the trackpad.
Microsoft is also planning to launch the ‘Universal Windows Platform'-an open ecosystem that works across all different devices, ranging from smartphones to tablets to even their VR headset, the HoloLens.
There's good news for developers too. Windows 10 Anniversary Update will bring Linux support and legacy Windows app support as well.
Pricing and Availability
As is already known, the Surface Phone will be released to the public around October 2016. The pricing is expected to be the same as other Android OEMs, that is, around $600-$700. It will be aggressively priced to counter the likes of Samsung Galaxy S7 and Apple iPhone 6S.