There has been a lot of hype surrounding the Surface Phone, generally because Microsoft's surface line of products has been doing so well in the market and because CEO Satya Nadella has confirmed it will be an amazing piece of technology. However, no announcement has actually been made on its release and the public has been going on based on simple speculations. Now reports have indicated that the handheld will not hit the market until 2019.
"I think Windows 10 ARM is much further away than some of us hope," Inquisitr quoted a self-proclaimed former Microsoft employee. The same individual also claimed that the Surface Phone may not be ready for the market until late 2018 or even 2019. Apparently, Nadella and his team have been very tight-lipped about the handheld, but there are still some very high hopes for the upcoming device.
The delay might be due to the belief that the Surface Phone will be a PC in a smartphone, as reported by Learn Bonds. The publication reported that Microsoft might need more time to perfect some of its software. This includes typing up the loose ends of CShell, Windows 10 ARM, Windows 10 Cloud and Windows 10 Mobile. Only when these things are finished will the company be ready to release its flagship device.
Nevertheless, Microsoft is still expected to release a Windows 10 mobile device this year. The unit, however, will not be branded as the Surface Phone. The unit is not expected to be much different from the company's previous Lumia devices, but it will provide the Redmond-based company an opportunity to test some ideas on the market.
The unnamed device will run on Windows 10 mobile and is expected to only run apps from the Windows Stores, as opposed to the Surface Phone that is expected to be more universal. The device is likely to be announced and released sometime in the latter part of the year.