Microsoft Surface Phone: April Release + In Depth Look

Microsoft Surface Phone: April Release + In Depth Look
One of the year’s most anticipated smartphones, the Surface Phone from Microsoft, is shaping up to be the handheld that CEO Satya Nadella promised. Photo : MobySmartCat/YouTube

With the success of Microsoft's Surface line of products, there is no question why the public has taken such an interest in the upcoming Surface Phone. Despite there hardly being any information on the device, it is still one of the most anticipated releases of 2017. Fortunately, the company's CEO, Satya Nadella, has provided some vital and interesting details on the device.

"We will continue to be in the phone market," Learn Bonds quotes Nadella saying. "Not as defined by today's market leaders, but by what it is that we can uniquely do in what is the most ultimate mobile device." Microsoft was never absent from the smartphone industry - it just never shined. Indeed, in the midsts of giants Samsung and Apple, the Lumia phones were often overlooked.

It seems that the Redmond-based company now plans to carve its own footprint in the industry by being different and not relying on the success of others. As Nadella confirmed, Microsoft asked itself what it could bring to the table and there was no limit in terms of potential. In other words, the tech giant is applying the same technique it has with the rest of its Surface offerings. And why not? It has proven successful time and time again.

The Surface Studio has, in its own right, revolutionized desktop. The unit, which was released in the latter parts of 2016 has changed the public's understanding of what a standard desktop is capable of. By introducing new technology with the Surface Studio, such as the Surface Pen and the Surface Dial, Microsoft did something new. Likewise, the Surface Pro 4 is still one of the highest regarded hybrid devices in the industry.

There is no doubt that the Surface Phone will follow suit in this regard. The handheld will be a unique one, which will be much more than a smartphone. The publication points out that it will be a multi-use device with desktop-like capabilities. But while the company will continue to make innovations, this does not mean that it will leave its legacy behind completely, as it is expected to still run on Windows 10 Mobile.

The operating system from Microsoft has not made positive waves in the past, but this all might change as illustrated by the Elite x3 from HP. The Elite x3 has made the first step into proving what a smartphone with PC qualities is capable of. But as Nadella has stated, these are not the only aspects to look forward to. As he himself confirmed, the public can expect Surface Phone differentiators in manageability, security and Continuum capacity.

As IBTimes AU adds, the Windows 10 Creators Update is expected to roll out in April, which is why the Surface Phone is expected around that time as well. The update will apparently be feature-locked sometime this month but will be released by the time April comes around. The update itself reportedly focuses on 3D capabilities, Cortana enhancements, stronger security features and an improved Microsoft Edge browser experience.

The publication went on to state that since the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor is already available, that Microsoft has no other reason to delay the release of the Surface Phone. It is likely that the unit will be officially announced before the end of February or even March. This would still give the Redmond-based company enough time to roll out the unit in April.

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