Though much of the talk about the highly anticipated Microsoft Surface Phone continue to be rumors, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for Windows, Kevin Gallo, finally shed some light on the company’s plans for the upcoming smartphone.
With the latest news of Microsoft selling the Nokia brand to HMD Global, a Finnish company, many were left wondering where the company was heading with its Surface Phone. However, taking advantage of a recent Build Tour, the corporate VP of Windows confirmed that Microsoft is keen on holding on to the Windows 10 Mobile.
Gallo said he is confident about the future of Microsoft?s smartphone and the executive affirmed that his company is placing its bets on the enterprise sector when looking at its mobile OS, reports Tech Times. Gallo underlined that Microsoft’s earlier strategy of developing a smartphone targeted at the affordable end of the spectrum was a failure, especially since the profits of the company fell drastically.
While Gallo didn?t directly mention the Surface Phone, he hinted that he did speak about Microsoft’s new found focus on the enterprise market. He mentioned that the company took the excellent experience of the Windows 10 for desktops and drove it further.
“We’re really aligned to what we’ve done on the Windows desktop […] which is we’ll lead with some high end and category innovation like we’ve done with Surface, and OEMs will go and build the breadth of the catalog,” Gallo said in the report.
So Surface Phone is definitely still on the company?s table for now and looks to make it to the market as early as 2017. Several reports such as that of KnowYourMobile even have leaked photos of the proposed Microsoft Surface Phone which appeared on the Chinese site Baidu that has a strong history of producing solid leaks.
The photo shows a Microsoft 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. The handset looks pretty appealing with a better design than that of Microsoft?s current flagships, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. The report also stated that the phone will have a 5.7-inch touchscreen display with a 2K resolution, a 20-megapixel rear camera with a Carl Zeiss lens, and a Snapdragon 830 processor.
Other reports from the past also indicate similar specifications along with 4GB to 8GB of RAM and a 128GB internal storage for the high end Microsoft Surface Phone. Also, the expected price range of the Surface phone is between $700 to $1,100 similar to the Surface Pro tablets.