Microsoft Surface Phone 2016 Release Date, News & Update: Upcoming Smartphone Confirmed to Pack Powerful Snapdragon 835; Specs, Features & Price Revealed

By Christian Ver Marcelo , Updated Nov 28, 2016 08:26 AM EST

The Microsoft Surface Phone 2016 is one of the most hotly anticipated devices of the year. However, with the phone's release date being relegated to 2017, the technology that comes with it is also expected to be a notch higher. Fans will not be disappointed, as the upcoming device is predicted to support the powerful Snapdragon 835 processor.

Snapdragon 835

Qualcomm just delivered one of the biggest leaps in modern smartphone industry. The Snapdragon 835 will be manufactured using the 10nm processors from Samsung. This would make the chipset more efficient in both power and consumption. This processor, predicted to be included in the Microsoft Surface Phone 2016, is more powerful than the current Snapdragon 821 flagship.

The Snapdragon 835 also features Quick Charge 4.0, which is said to be capable of charging 5 hours' worth of power in just five minutes of being plugged. With the Microsoft Surface Phone 2016 being geared for productivity, this feature would really come in handy. There are even predictions that the device could be a full-pledged laptop replacement.

Updates and Key Specs

The Microsoft Surface Phone 2016 is set to be the newest addition to Microsoft's lineup of premium Surface devices. Replacing the Lumia range, the Surface Phone is seen to set the standard when it comes to premium devices with powerful specs in 2017. It will run the Windows 10 Mobile Redstone 3 version.

It has been heavily rumored that the Microsoft Surface Phone 2016 will come in three variants, with different spec tiers and price points. A source has reported that the higher two models will pack the Snapdragon 835 processor. One would then come with 6GB of RAM, while the other would come with a still capable 4GB of RAM. Both devices will then come with a 5.5-inch QHD or 4K display.

Prototypes of the Microsoft Surface Phone 2016 have reportedly already been manufactured. However, they cannot run X86 apps on their own. Continuum, which enables users to work with Windows desktop apps on any display using the required dock, allows the device to run all apps.

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