Is THIS the Surface Phone Microsoft believes will save Windows 10 Mobile?

by Lawrence Cooper June 2, 2016, 12:46

Microsoft Corporation's (NASDAQ: MSFT) hotly anticipated Surface Phone is expected to be released early next year and there have been plenty of rumors related to the features that the new device might have.

It's widely believed that Microsoft is working on a new handset or handsets, designed and built by its successful Surface team. While at different points in its existence, the mobile Windows platform has been adopted by such OEMs as Samsung, LG, HTC, and Motorola, Alcatel is now the largest player to devote even a fraction of its lineup to Windows-powered handsets. Users can then expect the device to have a similar tablet body with a separable keyboard base, which will come as an optional add-on. The Surface Phone's lock screen also features the Windows 10 Hello logo.

Just as critical as the dearth of hardware availability is the lack of developer interest in a platform with such low market penetration. "Nonetheless there are many reports claiming that Microsoft may even launch the top of the line tablet in June itself".

The device is expected to have an OLED display touch bar right above the keyboard but with butterfly keys instead of the familiar function keys.

If such is the case, then the high-end Surface Phone will be targeting enterprise rather than the everyday consumer.

However that vision translates to shipping products, it seems clear that Microsoft isn't intending its next handset or handsets to be a reboot as much as a pivot.



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