While Microsoft have been largely praised for their work on their Surface laptop-tablet hybrids, sales figures up until last year – much akin to the company’s Windows Phone counterpart – haven’t met the same trend.
A new report suggests that Microsoft are developing a Surface Phone to seize the premium end of their Windows Phone in the hopes that with a small amount of luck, the Surface line’s brand resonance will carry over into the smartphone market.
By all indications, it would appear that a Surface Phone would take on the role of the company’s Windows 10 flagship smartphone, which the company indicated would arrive later this year.
The report specifies that the Surface Phone would sit alongside the Lumia range and will be released towards the end of this year, or the start of 2016.
It would appear that the Surface Phone would bring premium specifications to the table; something the present budget-to-medium range Windows Phone lineup lacks. The report specifies that the Surface Phone will have a 5.5inch clearback AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440×2570, and will be powered by a quad-core Intel Atom X3 SoC processor.
Additionally, the Surface Phone would carry 4GB of RAM in either 64GB or 128GB storage options, and would sport a 21 megapixel primary camera and 8 megapixel front-facing camera.
The Surface Phone would also work to bring some of the more popular developments the Surface Pro 3 has into the smartphone market, including the likes of an aluminium unibody and a stylus pen which could take the form of a Surface Pen.
Presently, it is indicated that the Surface Phone is at a prototype stage, dubbed “Juggernaught Alpha”. What are your thoughts on Microsoft’s potential Windows 10 flagship? Will it be enough to reinvigorate interest in Windows Phone? Let us know in the comments below!