Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia didn’t turn out as expected by the software giant, and the company let go most of the employees from Nokia’s phone division. Now, the Microsoft is trying its own hands at building hardware after the success of its Surface lineup of devices. The company is reportedly developing a Surface-branded smartphone with some ultra high-end hardware. According to a leaker based out of China, Microsoft’s upcoming smartphone will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and a 5.5-inch QHD screen.
According to the information, the Surface phone prototype is currently running Windows 10 Mobile operating system with support for running x86 apps when running the Continuum Mode. This paves way for running desktop apps using a smartphone using a Continuum Dock. At last, the dream of running desktop apps using a smartphone might come true. As expected with any device equipped with a Snapdragon 835 processor, it will be compatible with Quick Charge 4.0 rapid battery charging technology.
The Microsoft Surface phone is expected to debut sometime in 2017, but the exact time frame isn’t known yet. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hinted a few days back that the company will definitely try its hands on a smartphone, and that they are trying to build the “ultimate mobile device“, suggesting that its product will be quite different from the ones by competing brands like Samsung and Apple. What do you think about Microsoft’s future in the smartphone market?
On the other hand, Nokia is coming back in the smartphone market with a bang. An unannounced smartphone from Nokia was leaked a few days back. The company’s upcoming smartphone is expected to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, a 5.2-inch or a 5.5-inch QHD display, a camera with Carl Zeiss lens, and a water-resistant design.