Microsoft Surface Phone: Great Specs, Questionable Features

Microsoft Surface Phone: Great Specs, Questionable Features
The Surface Phone is gaining a lot of ground despite not actually being announced by Microsoft. But the device, even with its rumored specs and features, does raise a few questions. Photo : TECH FIVER/YouTube

Microsoft is no stranger to the smartphone market, though it definitely has not been that successful in the part. Which is why the speculated Surface Phone, which will bear with it the trusted Surface branding, is a hot item in the tech world. Currently, reports all indicate the best specs and features, but there is one large question of doubt that is surrounding it.

The Redmond-based company has neither denied nor confirmed that the Surface Phone exists, but there are large signs that indicate it exists. The strongest of which, as noted by Science World Report, is that Microsoft acquired the SurfacePhone.Co domain name. Furthermore, it is believed that the company is halting its line of Lumia handhelds and is now in need of an alternative.

The specs of the Surface Phone sound incredible. Reportedly, it will come in three variants, the first of which will run on 3GB of RAM and will carry 32GB of internal storage. The middle option will have 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The best option, however, will run on as much as 8Gb of RAM and will have 512GB of internal storage. With these numbers, it is clear that Microsoft is targeting businesses and professionals.

What the range of Surface Phones will have in common, however, is a 5.7-inch screen with an AMOLED display and 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution. It will also reportedly be powered by the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 processor and will be compatible with the Surface Pen, an accessory that has become standard with all Surface products. Furthermore, it will have USB Type-C port and Carl Zeiss camera lens for its 20-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera.

As PC Tablet adds, the Surface Phone is likely to support Microsoft Continuum, which will enable the handheld to connect to a larger display. However, the publication also notes that the device will be powered by the latest Intel Kaby Lake processor, as opposed to the Snapdragon 830 chip. At this point, it looks like this will depend on when the company wants to release the device.

Another feature that the Surface Phone will definitely carry is the newest Window 10 update, which the company will feature on its October 26 event. And while this will definitely be a good feature to carry in the short term, it may pose problems in the future. Microsoft phones have had a tendency to be difficult to update in terms of its operating system.

If this carries on, the Microsoft Surface Phone will only be relevant for a short period of time, because while its competitors are getting frequent updates, the device will not be. In essence, it will be left behind. But if the tech giant fixes this issue, it will definitely make the upcoming handheld more appealing.

Other than the OS updates issue, there seems to be nothing stopping the Surface Phone from making a large dent in the smartphone industry. It is after all, expected to carry the most modern specifications that are currently planned for release.

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