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The Surface Phone – first off all, its not really a smartphone- the Surface Phone (if that’s the name Microsoft even chooses) wont compete with the flagships around, or even the next generation flagship iPhones or Galaxies, HTC, OnePlus, Huawei P series, Pixels or any other smartphone in the market, now or even in future – no. What Microsoft seeks to achieve with the Surface Phone is what Apple did a decade ago with its first iPhone- creating an entirely new category that would disrupt the entire market and the tech world as we know it.

Microsoft has planned to make the Surface Phone a ‘ultimate mobile device‘. The Surface Phone is leaking since 4-5 years ago and yesterday more details of the Microsoft’s upcoming Surface device leaked on a Chinese website.

Surface Phone
A Surface Phone concept

Windows 10 Andromeda Platform will power the Surface Phone and it will actually be quite a huge update for Windows 10 Mobile.

Andromeda is an important part of Windows on ARM and CShell. It helps to scale Windows 10 to any form depending on the screen size of the device. As Surface Phone could be a foldable device, Windows 10 will scale to it easily. It will also support variety of gestures and multiple postures. Windows 10’s Andromeda is the same thing as the Android’s Andromeda.

A Microsoft patent application leaked in January and March revealed a dual screen phone which should be fairly familiar; The concept offers different functions on the different screens which are also detachable as need be, in the example in the patent the secondary screen for example acts as a remote for the larger handset when cradled. Patent filing from Microsoft speaks of multi-device paring and combined displays used for mobile devices. Different methods for initiating a shared-display mode for more than two devices are mentioned, as well as different multi-screen gestures.

  • imaginarynumber

    And what new category did Apple create when they released the iphone?

    When it was released my phone had a 5.5″ screen, front and rear facing cameras, video recording, GPS, 3G, tabbed web browser, 8gb on board storage, a gyroscope, WiFi, full bluettoth, stero speakers, cut & paste, MMS, push email, and Adobe Flash.

    • hhvdblom

      They created touch on phones and that was a BIG, BIG winner.

      • imaginarynumber

        Touchscreen phones predated the iphone by years.

        They were the first to add multitouch but they took 4 generations to add existing features such as video recording, front facing camera, video calling, GPS, 3G. You know, the basics that everyone expects a phone to have.

        • hhvdblom

          Ok may be you are right about that. Let my phrase it that Apple did it right.

  • KA

    Splitting Windows into Windows for computers, and Windows for gadgets is the best idea.

    • hhvdblom

      No its not. They want one codebase. Andromeda and CShell will have to take care of that. Its a project that cost them i think 10 years. Something that Apple and Google wishes they have because they will face problems with form factors in the long run.

      • KA

        I exactly know what they want: “make lot of money”. They should join print matters. One codebase is same wrong, like the same engine for bike, car and truck. What is good for track is much to heavy for a bike. What “long run”?? Windows phone is dying! Windows for PC will die too if M$ still do nothing. Work on computer powered by Windows 10 is painfull ‘neverending’.

        • hhvdblom

          bike, car and truck is very different. the one codebase is for a computer, only the form factor is different. they all can have the same cpu, memory, lte.

          • KA

            Wrong. Different hardware, different power.

          • hhvdblom

            At the end of the year a QualComm Snapdragon CPU 835 is in a Phone, Tablet and Laptop and can be used in the same way :-)
            You can’t morph a bike in a car and a car in a truck but with computers you can :-)