It looks like Microsoft is set to make a huge comeback in the smartphone market this year. The Redmond-based tech firm is reportedly developing a smartphone that is aimed for business-minded people. Now, here's what is currently known about Microsoft Surface Phone 2016 release date, specs and rumors on the web.
The rumored new Microsoft Surface phone may come with high-end internal specs and features that will increase its user's productivity. The smartphone's top-of-the-line hardware will also mean that the phone itself might not be affordable to typical buyers. It would likely be bought by gadget lovers who want to own top-class devices.
In an interview with the Register, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President for Windows Kevin Gallo said the next Windows 10 Mobile smartphone would be "category innovating." The Microsoft Vice President did not particularly mention the Surface Phone, but he hinted Microsoft's new focus is on the enterprise market. Also, the company is set to leave the increasingly crowded entry-level market for bigger opportunity.
"[W]e'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 stated.
Regarding specs, the next Microsoft Surface Phone will reportedly have impressive internals to compete with the likes of Samsung Galaxy S7, iPhone 7 and LG G5. Several websites claim the smartphone will contain 6 GB of RAM and a powerful processor. It is also rumored to come with 128 GB of internal storage, which is expandable via micro SD slot.
Earlier reports suggested that Microsoft will install the forthcoming Snapdragon 830 processor of Qualcomm, but these reports came from unverified resources. Now, the latest buzz claims the tech firm might install Intel's Atom X3 chip on this year's Surface phone.
As always, we advise our readers to take the details mentioned above with a proverbial pinch of salt. Microsoft has not yet announced anything about Microsoft Surface Phone 2016. For now, we can only rely on rumors and speculations.
Microsoft's Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL did not have a huge impact on the smartphone market. Industry experts attribute the flop to the phone's ill-advised selection of apps, which was installed on a clunky operating system.
With rumors about Surface Phone 2016, Microsoft fans hope they will get the better device this time.