Microsoft might use this year's IFA conference in Berlin as a good occasion for an official announcement about the Surface Phone series, its second-generation smartphone lineup.
Surface Phone At IFA 2016
Since the first rumors about the upcoming Microsoft Surface Phone hit the web, most websites have suggested that its release date will be sometime in 2016. As we are now getting ever closer to the end of the year, the recent rumors are suggesting that the Surface Phone will be unveiled over the next few days, at IFA 2016. However, one of the online publications, PC Advisor, speculates that the Surface Phone will be unveiled alongside the new Surface Pro 5 at a Microsoft event in October.
The Surface Phone devices are expected to replace the Lumia 950 and 950 XL devices from November 2015. Tech analysts expect that the Surface Phone will be hyped by Microsoft as a significant design overhaul. Microsoft's upcoming flagship mobile phone will also be coupled with a more stable Windows 10 Mobile operating system.
According to Fudzilla, Microsoft's enterprise portfolio has included the Surface Phone as a long term project. According to a Tech Times report made earlier this year, corporate VP Kevin Gallo said during a "Build Tour" in London, England, that the Surface Phone product line will cater to the business market.
Microsoft's Surface Phone Specs & Features
The device is rumored to come in three options: an entry level with 32 GB of storage and 3 GB of RAM, mid-range with 128 GB of storage and 6 GB of RAM and a larger unit with 500 GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM.
Regarding Surface Phone's display sizes, most rumors claim that at least one Surface Phone unit will feature a 5.5-inch AMOLED display. However, a Baidu post suggests that the device will come with a 5.7-inch display.
About the device's processor, there are three conflicting reports. They claim that the processor powering the device will be an Intel Atom 64-bit CPU (Apollo Lake), a Snapdragon 821, or a Snapdragon 830.