Microsoft?s much hyped Surface Phone could be released soon as the company has announced to stop the production of Surface 3 tablets. It is reported that Microsoft will kill Surface 3 in December.
Although the company has not announced any statement regarding the successor of Surface 3, it seems that the company is shifting its focus to Surface Phones. The Surface 3 tablets mainly aims cash-constrained consumers, especially students.
According to renowned tech reporter Paul Thurrott, Surface Phone could replace the Surface 3 tablet. Surface 3 is nothing like other Surface devices, it just bears the name Surface but does not embody the ideals of Surface.
?Maybe Microsoft won?t release a Surface 4. Maybe, just maybe, Surface phone?one of the biggest open secret in Microsoft?s history?is the device that replaces Surface 4?, Paul wrote on his website.
Earlier reports indicate that the upcoming Surface Phone will target three segments of customers, including Microsoft fans, those looking for value for money and business persons. The low cost model would replace Surface 3.
The high-end model of Surface Phone is supposed to feature Intel Kaby Lake Processor and up to 8GB RAM. As the Kaby Lake processor is not expected before the end of 2016, the upper model will not roll out before Q1 of 2017. However, the budget-friendly version is supposed to have an Intel Atom CPU and could be released in December.
The base model will feature 4-inch QHD AMOLED screen, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The advanced or Lumia fans version may have 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage space while the Pro or business version may have 8GB of RAM and 512GB of internal memory.
Moverover, Surface phones are supposed have the ?Continuum? feature. It will be the most exciting feature of the Surface Phones. With Continuum, the device will automatically switch to PC mode when connected to big screen, keyboard and mouse.
Surface Phone would be a better replacement for Surface 3. However, the company has not released any statement regarding the specs and release date of the device. The actual phone could vary in terms of hardware configuration.