Rumors of an alleged flagship smartphone from Microsoft have been doing rounds for quite some time now, some even dating back to 2012. Microsoft has been hinting that it is working on what it deems to be a revolutionary device for a long time.

Launch date

The Surface Phone is rumored to be unveiled in late 2017. Microsoft is said to be working with electronics manufacturer Pegatron to initiate the trial production of the smartphone. However, there are reports that the phone might get delayed and may possibly seen an early 2018 release. Speaking to Australian Financial Review, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in November 2016 that the company doesn't want to compete with industry giants with "me-too" smartphones, but focus on an innovative and disruptive "ultimate" smartphone instead.

According to Forbes, he also indicated that the production may take more time than expected.

Design, display and specs

Just like every other flagship phone out there, the Microsoft Surface Phone is rumored to feature a full-metal body design, hinting at an aluminum-magnesium unibody. The Surface Phone is reported to come in three variants, namely Consumer Edition, which will be a reasonably priced smartphone. The Business Edition will replace the BlackBerry and will focus on the users who seek productivity on the go. Lastly, the Enthusiast Edition will be a high-end device for power users.

Many rumors and half-baked reports suggest that the Surface Phone will flaunt a 5.5-inch display with 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution. It is expected to have a Snapdragon 835 SoC at its heart backed by 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage.

The smartphone is expected to boast a 21MP rear camera and an 8MP front facing snapper. However, this rumor is quite dated now, so there's a possibility that Microsoft may follow the latest trend and incorporate a dual camera setup.

It is certain that the smartphone will run on Windows 10 Mobile and is believed to run all desktop apps using the Continuum feature seen on the previously launched Lumia devices.

The Surface Phone might have a fingerprint sensor underneath the display, a feature that other tech giants such as Apple and Samsung are trying to bring to their smartphones.

There are also talks of a built-in projector for the Surface Phone, which is capable of projecting the desktop display on a flat surface and will also feature a keyboard and a stylus for productivity.

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