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Windows 10 Mobile may have lost its consumer centric focus, but it is not dead yet. With the release of a new mobile build today, Microsoft has again reaffirmed that they’re not done with the Mobile OS. Now a new leak has surfaced which shows that Samsung may be working on a Windows 10 Mobile variant of its Galaxy S8.

For the folks who do not know, Samsung released it’s flagship, the Galaxy S8. Though it ran Android, the phone was a source of interest for the Windows Phone fans. Not only due to its great looks and features, Microsoft took a step further and announced a ‘Microsoft’ Edition of the Galaxy S8 and started selling it on their stores. Though it aggravated the fans, Microsoft remained calm and announced that Windows 10 Mobile was not dead yet.

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The new leak, which first surfaced on ITHome, shows a screenshot of a mobile device running Windows 10 Mobile. The model is shown as ‘SAMSUNG SM-G9’ which could be just a placeholder and the installed RAM is shown to be 6GB. While the normal variant of the Galaxy S8 sports only 4GB of RAM, there indeed exists a Korean variant that has 6GB of RAM. But the version number raises suspicion. The current build of Mobile, on both the fast and slow insider rings is 1703, which is the Creators Update build version. One can argue that the Xbox Insider rings have a build version of 1704, but we are still not sold out on that.

The picture appears blurry like all leaks and the only source of the leak is this screenshot. Images like this can be very easily edited by people and closely inspecting this, we find many discrepancies. First of all, the gaps between the texts appear too big in contrast to the current About page in the Mobile builds, and lastly is the version number. We have heard nothing about a build version of 1704 in the works for Windows 10 Mobile.

The leaks also suggest that Microsoft will announce the phone on its Spring hardware event next month. Though we are sceptic of the rumour, Samsung and Microsoft has been cosying up lately. With their cooperation behind the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Book, we may be in for some surprises. To further spice up the hope, the Galaxy S8 has a Snapdragon 835 chipset in it, which is able to run Windows 10 on ARM.

Say whatever you may like, but we are still taking this rumour with a bit of salt. While nothing may happen and this proves to be another prank, there’s no harm in hoping for something good, right?

  • Didier

    If this is true that would be great. Great camera and great device. The only thing I don’t like about this device today is Android

  • Bespin

    If its Lumia integration good…this could be the #1 WP especially if somehow they get google apps as an option.

    • Kevin

      At this point, the only thing Windows phone needs is for new devices to be released. If Samsung supports the ecosystem, App makers and consumers would notice. Essential apps will make their way over, I hope.

  • jaovwa

    Shut up and take my money!!! This phone and Android skin on the tiles will mess up my friends with the Android model.

  • Tricklee

    Having this phone on windows 10 mobile would be perfect!!!

  • Stewart Davis

    If it’s an RS2 released (or even RS3) W10M device with 6GB of RAM and at least a 1440p screen with a Verizon-friendly modem I’d bite.

  • Kevin

    I’d honestly buy it in a heartbeat. My Lumia has done me well, but Nokia no longer produces it and Samsung’s new technology is advanced. It would be a bonus if they made the Bixby button a camera button. Please make it happen Microsoft and Samsung.

    • Chuck Fecht

      Or a Cortana button

      • Kevin

        That’s what the search button is for though

  • 000

    And if it will be a dual booth technology?

    • Stranger_Hanyo

      I don’t think so. Microsoft doesn’t allow dual booting Windows 10 with other OS’ anymore.

      • Chuck Fecht

        They do on PC and there are still Android / W10 Mobile dual boot tablets out there

      • Didier

        It’s up to the OEM to decide and how they implement secure boot. Its actually not Microsoft who decide this.

        • iamwarpath

          Microsoft actually owns the patent for that

      • iamwarpath

        Microsoft owns the patent for it

    • iamwarpath

      I don’t want dual boot

      • 000

        there was a Samsung patent that show a way to exchange data between windows and android on the same device…I don’t remember exactly how work, but probably wasn’t a dual booth, something like a virtual machine…so you could use two OS at the same time.

  • Mdanish Attari

    Like it & need from others like LG, Xiamno, HTC, Sony, Moto etc…..

    • Stranger_Hanyo

      More the OEMs, more better!

  • Postulation

    As a long time Windows phone fan that has moved on very reluctantly to Android, this may make a few die hards happy (which is great) but will do nothing to move the needle for Windows mobile. As much as supporters hate continually hearing this, it is all about the apps. Not going to be widespread adoption without broad app support. I know this because I have lived it. I hate the Android UI compared to Windows mobile, but that is a price that I and most of the marketplace are willing to make. It’s a shame. I really would like to come back to Windows mobile, but doesn’t make any sense for me. If you don’t need that apps, then its awesome, but that will only appeal to a very small number of people.

    • Kevin

      This device would have to be heavily advertised for its continuum support. This device should be released with Windows 10 on ARM. This would at least appeal to professionals who wish to use desktop apps and anyone that doesn’t want to own a computer. App makers will come if they see that there is an effort from Microsoft with Windows phone and if Samsung is behind it.

  • Mapplesoft

    I really need an upgrade from my Lumia Icon, please Samsung. It’s a really nice phone, it just needs a diferent OS.

  • iamwarpath

    A Note version makes more sense than S8.