The much-rumored Surface Phone is bound to come anytime soon. With the recent announcement of a Microsoft event on Oct. 26, people are now wondering if the handset will appear. Unfortunately, all signs point to "no."
According to Slashgear, there should be some hardware announcements in Microsoft's October event, even if the tech giant insists that they are focusing on Windows 10. Some hope that this means the Surface Phone is arriving soon, but reports suggest otherwise.
No Surface Phone This 2016
There is reportedly very low chance of the Surface Phone being revealed before the year ends, much less on the said event. Microsoft previously stated that 2016 is not the time for smartphones, so the 2017 rumored launch date is the best bet anyone can have for now.
The Surface Phone is expected by next summer, in time for the rollout of the Windows 10 Redstone 2 update. However, the delay could last until 2018. Nevertheless, the Redmond-based company has still not made anything official yet, so these remain rumors for now.
Surface Phone Specs
It is believed that the Surface Phone is arriving in three variants with each targeted at different markets: consumer, business and enthusiast. The main difference between the variants would be the memory configuration, which is at 3GB, 6GB and 8GB RAM respectively. There are also talks of a 20MP camera optics by Carl Zeiss, the same lens found in Nokia Lumia phones. Additionally, at least one could have a 5.7-inch Quad HD display that will compete directly with the iPhone 7 Plus or iPhone 8 Plus.
The most awaited feature, however, is called Continuum. According to Business Insider, it apparently lets users connect a keyboard, mouse and monitor to the Windows 10 phone and use it like a normal PC.
As of now, there is no definite release date for the Surface Phone.