Surface Phone Release Date, Specs, Features, News & Updates: Microsoft Realizing Its Dream of Windows On Phone

By Mara Rev , Updated Nov 28, 2016 03:13 PM EST

There is a tight competition between mobile phone manufacturers in the industry, and giants such as Samsung, Apple, HTC, Sony, to mention a few, are in each other's backs. On the other side of the spectrum, we have Microsoft with more or least one percent of the mobile market. While Samsung is set on making the first foldable phone, Microsoft's dream for Windows on phone will be realized with its new Surface Phone.

Microsoft is reported to be working on a project that will be finished on the later part of 2017. It will enable full versions of Windows software to run in an ARM processor, a processor used in a huge majority of smartphones. This report could be related to the idea that Microsoft is still working hard on the Surface Phone, which the company hinted could rival Apple's long standing and popular iPhone.

Microsoft has manufactured prototypes of Surface Phone and is currently being developed in a number of configurations. The company appears to be testing two variants of Surface Phone, running Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip, one variant will have a 6GB RAM while the second will have 4GB RAM. The devices continue to support Microsoft Continuum. This allows Windows 10 smartphone to be hooked up to an HDMI screen, a keyboard, and mouse, and can act as a portable computer. Furthermore, reports also suggest that the 6GB variant can run x86 applications under Continuum. If so, then it can open to a wide range of potential mobile applications for the device.

In a recent interview with Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella, he stated that 2017 will see Microsoft release "the ultimate mobile device." Although the Surface Phone's release date is anticipated to be late 2017, but this could be a blessing in disguise as seeing as Microsoft is working their hardest to focus on creating a real deal mobile experience.

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