Surface Phone concept

Surface Phone image is out by Microsoft on their Twitter and Facebook page. Microsoft hasn’t called the device ‘Surface Phone’ but it seems to be the long-rumoured device. Microsoft has been working on the Surface Phone for a while now. The Surface Phone will be the ultimate mobile device with all key features.

The image is on Microsoft Azure’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. The image reveals a foldable phablet with Windows 10. Microsoft is reportedly working on a foldable device and the recent patents confirmed the rumours.

Surface Phone image

The leaked Surface Phone image shows a device with a bezel-less display. It seems to be having a large screen device that is folded with help of a magnetic hinge. It seems if we open the device, we can use it as a tablet (Windows 10 on ARM?).

We’re still waiting for an official release announcement, but the grapevine is buzzing. Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, recently hinted heavily at what was to come. Happy with where they are in terms of other mobile devices, their announcement made mention of Continuum, “which is a phone that can even be a desktop.” The Microsoft CEO also said that “And at this point, we’re making sure that all of our software is available on iOS and Android and it’s first class, and we’re looking for what’s the next change in form and function. What we’ve done with Surface is a good example.”

Microsoft is looking to create an entirely new category of device that will bridge the gap between PC and smartphones: a new phablet. Jam-packed to the brim with all the hardware features you could possibly want, the software perks are what is likely to set it apart.

A recent patent from Microsoft revealed a foldable device that could be the Satya Nadella’s ultimate mobile device. Do you think the leaked Surface Phone image is more than a concept? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

  • Fede

    I dont really get why they will retire from phones. Phones its a very usefull tool. Im not sure if I will buy a 7″ phablet to be in my hands like a phone today..

    • Poor sales figures and a dwindling mobile app store are two reasons why Microsoft is shifting focus away from Windows mobile devices.

      Part of the reason for the miniscule sales numbers is due to Microsoft’s “retrenchment”. What that has come to mean is very few new devices being made available to a limited number of prospective users. You can’t grow an OS by limiting who has access to devices that run on it.

      The Lumia 550, 650, 950 & 950XL…along with the HP Elite X3 and Alcatel Idol 4S…we’re never submitted for CDMA certification, thus, none can be used on Verizon Wireless, Sprint and US Cellular networks.

      The only CDMA Windows mobile phone still available for now is Verizon Wireless’s aging Lumia 735. It is unlikely that customers of the above mentioned carriers will be getting new Windows mobile phones until the next generation 5G networks are put into service and the existing 4G/LTE/CDMA networks are closed off.

      I think that the pictured device isn’t a phone being developed. It is, likely, just an illustration.

      • Fede

        Thats on USA. I dont live there. I know its a BIG market or the biggest and most importante for MS. But, you know. Hope they will continue the work with W10m.

        • In the US, Verizon Wireless is the largest cellular service provider. It is also a company whose network uses CDMA as opposed to GSM.

          Now, there are more carriers world-wide that use GSM than CDMA. It also costs more to certify for CDMA than it does for GSM. More than likely, Microsoft, HP and Alcatel are looking to save money by submitting their phones for only GSM certification.

          As I noted earlier, it is unlikely that customers of VZW, Sprint and US Cellular will have any Windows based mobile devices offered for sale until the new 5G networks are up & running and the old CDMA networks are closed off to new activations.

          • Juan

            There’s no point in spending the time and money to get CDMA certifications from VZW or Sprint when they’re just going to hide the phones in the back corner and not sell them. Which is how they’ve always treated Windows Phones. Nobody was buying Windows Phones even when they were CDMA certified. At least with GSM, you can go direct to consumers without carrier locks.

            The carriers get massive incentives to push iPhones and Galaxies. Had MS partnered with OEMs to offer the same incentives 5 years ago, maybe they would have had a chance. But the app gap is now too wide to overcome, and WP is far, far behind iOS and Android in terms of features and stability.

          • There are different ways to purchase Windows phones. Online, at third party electronics stores and directly from Microsoft.

            People are not required to go to a corporate Verizon Wireless, Sprint or US Cellular store.

            Microsoft was late getting back into the cellular game. By the time OEMs made a push with new units, iOS and Android were too entrenched for a third OS to be able to gain any real traction.

            Having said all of that, to hear about weak sales numbers when one’s product is, purposely, being shopped to a limited audience doesn’t make any sense.

            It is thought that Microsoft will field some non-Surface Windows phones. If the company is serious about trying to make it in the mobile communications market, it needs to get products out to everyone…not to the customers of a carriers that use a particular technology. This also applies to other Windows mobile OEMs.