A Surface Phone concept

Microsoft is rumoured to be working on the Surface Phone with powerful specifications. The Surface Phone will be powered by Microsoft’s upcoming Andromeda OS. The company has also planned to dump Windows 10 Mobile to give Surface Phone a better life. We still don’t know if the Surface Phone will meet our expectations. On the other hand, the new patent gives us a better look at the design.

The premium look of Surface Phone

A Surface Phone concept

Microsoft has patented many unique designs for its upcoming mobile device. Today, another patent has revealed the details of the Surface Phone. The patent “Cover of Device Acting as Antenna of the Device” shows metallic Surface Phone body. It will also have the antenna on the back just like the iPhone.

The patent once again confirms that the mythical device may have the hinge at the center of the device. If the user touches the antennas when using the handset, there will be no interference as the device would swing around the hinged position.

Image Courtesy: Wipo.int

The RF and Antenna expert, Antti Karilainen applied for the patent in February 2016. The patent has been published yesterday and it could be possible that Microsoft is still working on the device.

With Surface Phone, Microsoft wants to build a device that blurs the lines between PC and smartphone- it would be the first phablet sized smartphone-form factor device that would run a fully fledged desktop experience- it would be the device that runs legacy applications tailor made for the PC and UWP (universal windows platform) apps that are available on the windows store. The device will further blur the lines between desktop and mobile, and will be remembered as a major milestone in the ambitious attempt to converge the desktop and smartphone experiences that are now so far away from each other.

The Surface Phone is set to release in 2019 as the Redmond giant recently delayed the mythical device. Recently, when Mashable asked Surface creator Panos Paney whether they will be a Surface Phone. Panos requested him to not ask about the Surface Phone.

  • eternal

    There is no info on launch date , nor on the existence of the Surface Phone. 2018 or 19 are just blind speculations.

    • Gala

      Agree. Remember when Surface Studio came out? It was huge surprise, nobody knew anything about it.

    • Luis Santos

      If MS don´t launch the surface phone this year ,they will lose any credibilty they have left .
      2018 or 2019 it´s too late .The consumers wont wait 1 year for the surface phone .SOme apps should start leaving WM10,with the news of ending suport in 2018 ,and the people that still use this OS will migrate to android or IOS

      • Gerald Jeffcoat
        • Luis Santos

          This article is from november last year .In microsoft’s parameters is out of date .And if you read carefully,they say no more wm10 hardware.SP will come with a new SO(code name andromeda).Let see if MS dont miss again the right timing to launch the SP.

          • Gerald Jeffcoat

            That’s the point since last year this article has been pointing to a possible 2018 release at the earliest. And the other point is you don’t want to launch a new OS on old hardware. They stop making phones for now. So my point is they keep saying MS next phone has been delayed but MS hadn’t plan to release the next thing until next maybe anyways

  • It is good to know that the Surface phone is in various stages of development. The ambitious development is the one getting the headlines and most probably will be released later as it is refined. But the one that will be the earlier iteration should use Qualcomm and UWP which the latest Surface devices acts as a clue in that direction. Relatively lower power usage with a light operating system that can still use programs that MS can extend their own Office, Groove, Cloud etc subscriptions into. I think they will play it safe and develop within their own ecosystem initially.

  • Tiago

    PRIMEIRO ERA EM ABRIL DE 2017 AGORA JA É 2019… A GENTE FICA MTO ANSIOSO MAS A MS É ASSIM TEMOS QUE AGUARDAR 1 ANO A + 1 ANO A MENOS COMO FÃ EU ESPERO! MAS VEM IPHONE 8 ANTES SERÁ? OU VAI SER TUDO JUNTO OS LANÇAMENTOS? VEREMOS! SEI Q ESSE SURFACE PHONE PROMETE E EU RO DESDE 2012 QUANDO COMEÇARAM A FALAR SOBRE E SUAS ESPECIFICAÇÕES LIGADO EM TODA PARTE POSSÍVEL! QUERO UM E ESPERAREI UM SURFACE PHONE! CONFIO NA TÁTICA DE PANOS PANAY! VEREMOS, É UMA FEBRE ESSE IPHONE TODO MUNDO QUER TER UM MAS, EU JA PENSO DIFERENTE QUERO UM DESKTOP DE BOLSO E É ISSO Q PROMETE SER O SURFACE PHONE!

    • Luis Santos

      Não sei até que ponto é que os consumidores estão dispostos a esperar pelo D.Sebastião salvador da Pátria (surfacephone),com sucessivos adiamentos .Posso estar a ser pessimista ,mas se não lançarem nada este ano ,perdem a maior parte dos poucos aficionados que ainda permanecem no SO ,o meu caso .Com a noticia do fim do suporte ao WM10 em 2018 vamos começar a assistir á saída de algumas das poucas apps da loja ,e outras nunca mais serem atualizadas ,alias já começamos a assistir ..
      A MS parece um grupo de amadores que começou á um mês no mercado.

    • Peter Bezemer

      caps lock problem?

      • Tiago

        NÃO EU TO FALANDO BEM CLARO POR ISSO!

  • dfs

    the progress of development is very similar to the one of surface studio. They have also tested various pattented construction variations and ended with uber premium all-in-one but with reduced invention (resigned from using upgradeable construction segments for ultra high resolution and performance). So if the same people will decide the fate of surface phone and surface studio met expectations, surface phone won’t be as innovative (like hinged design) but probably exceed any other performance by a longshot. That will be probably acquired by customized CPU and GPU, probably support for continuum as main purpose targetting the enterprise segment even further aiming for a limited release just like surface studio and other ms products. This won’t be a on-the-shelf kinda phone, probably with reduced availability in couple of countries. Just my analysis