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Surface Phone Leaks & Rumors roundup: All that we know yet

On this page we have done a round-up of all the Microsoft Surface Phone leaks, rumors, concepts posted yet. Some of these leaks have been our exclusives. Some of the concepts posted by many talented designers are mind-blowing too. You can read our full Surface Phone coverage by clicking here.

Surface Phone leaked / rumored Specs & Features:

We told you exclusively that Surface Phone may be powered by Snapdragon 835. Here is what is the latest info from our sources about Surface Phone prototypes under testing.

  • The protos that we have information about run Snapdragon 835 and support Quick charging 4.0
  • Windows 10 Mobile architecture on them is already 64-Bit and one of them has 6 GB RAM
  • What is most interesting is the information that the one proto with 6 GB RAM can already run X86 apps in Continuum. We have heard a lot about Microsoft working on X86-on-ARM64 emulation and this may be one of the implementations. Sources however tell us that Protos can’t run X86 apps by themselves yet, but can install them. Once connected via Continuum you can run any X86 apps.
  • The earlier reported Laptop Accessory is still a thing and we hear Microsoft is seriously purusing the 3-in-1 form factor.
  • One of the Protos is said to have 4 GB RAM and still runs Snapdragon 835. It does have 64-Bit Windows 10 Mobile version but can’t run X86 apps in Continuum. That may be just a version thing or Microsoft may be planing one consumer and one enterprise-oriented Surface Phone variant.
  • Display-size wise we hear both are said to have a 5.5-inch, QHD display, but this is just a guess having a look at the display and not actual measurement.

Rumors from other sources:

A new report has emerged from China claiming Pegatron as the ODM of choice for production of Surface Phone by Microsoft. The ODM is ready to begin trial production of Surface Phone, it says.

More rumors emerged on Weibo and they claim three Surface Phone variants with different RAM / Internal Storage configurations and also confirm a Snapdragon 830 processor.

  • Three variants: 3GB RAM / 32GB storage, 6GB RAM / 128GB storage, 8GB RAM /500GB storage
  • Snapdragon 830
  • Windows 10 Mobile Redstone 3
  • Laptop Accessory

So, we will have Surface Phone variants at three different price points though none of them will be aimed at Budget end of Smartphone market as per these rumors.

Surface Phone Concepts:

The Surface Phone concept shown in image above is quite interesting too and it imagines a Surface Phone which can replace your Tablet and PC too. There will a cover / stand that will support the Surface Phone’s use as a productivity device. The concept shown in image above has a 5.7 inch, 2K display. It runs on Snapdragon 830, will sport a 20MP Rear camera.

 There are more interesting Surface Phone concepts that you can read by clicking here.

Surface Phone Release Date:

Our sources have confirmed that Surface Phone launch is delayed now to late 2017. It will now come running Windows 10 Mobile focused Redstone 3 out of the box.

Surface Phone Price:

While it will known only near the launch of Surface Phone somewhere in late 2017, it is clear that Microsoft will launch a premium product in form of Surface Phone. So expect a premium pricing.

Read our full Surface Phone coverage:

Nayan has more than 10 years of experience of covering Technology and innovations. He is a big Nokia fan and Tech disruptions aficionado. He loves to review new cool gadgets and writing about Android, iOS, Gadgets and general Technology stuff. He has been associated with other well-known Tech sites WinCentral and GadgetOx since long. He currently sports a Lumia 950 XL and Nexus 5X. Other interests include listening to Nu-Metal Hits and Kick-Boxing. Write to him at Email: [email protected]
  • hi2aravind

    I am Nokia fan and like Windows OS too (currently having Lumia 730). But lack of apps is pushing consumers out of Windows OS (famous apps are available but not sure about future. For example Amazon India stopped their Windows app version recently). I am looking forward for Nokia/Android. Sorry MS. You have put honest effort to close gap with Android but lack of apps is still pulling you down.

  • Pavlos

    Basically some of the specs will be:
    – IP68 Certified – Dust and Water Resistant.
    – Water resistant up to 1.5 meter and 30 minutes.
    – MIL-STD 810G – grade salt, fog, humidity, transport shock and thermal shock resistant.
    – Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
    – CPU: Octa-Core (8×2.4Ghz).
    – GPU: Hexa-Core Graphics.
    – RAM: 8 GB DDR4 (Quad Channels).
    – SDD: 64 GB Internal Capacity Low Latency and High IOPS.
    – Back Camera: 21 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, Carl Zeiss Optics, OIS, AutoFocus, Quad-LED RGB Flash.
    – Front Camera: 8 MP, f/1.9, 26mm, Carl Zeiss Optics, OIS, AutoFocus, Triple-LED RGB Flash.
    – FM Radio with Recording and RDS.
    – Type-C 1.0 Reversible Connector.
    – Iris Scanner, Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass, Barometer, Sensor Core, Heart Rate, SpO2.
    – Qi/PMA Wireless Charging.
    – Li-Ion 4150 mAh Battery.
    – Stereo Speakers.
    – Quad Microphones.

  • moovyguy

    For the folks who comment on the subjectively “ugly” phone render above, keep in mind that this image/design was not produced by Microsoft … it was merely someones musings from well over a year ago of what a surface phone might look like.

  • Raivis Rasnačs

    Nice concept. I really like it. The back should be from 830. And, MS, please bring colors back. All-cyan Surface Phone would be amazing.

  • Akhil Kochhar

    I hope the camera sensor looks like those of the 1520 or the 930. This one, i.e. of the 950 xl, is pretty bad looking.

    • Checkoutdude

      Why? Its smaller and less obvious than the 1020 but kicks out better images.

      • Akhil Kochhar

        It looks plain ugly. Compare the S7’s sensor, it doesn’t look bad at all but the phone still has the best camera in phones today.

        • Checkoutdude

          How?? I have tries both together for portraits, landscapes and close-ups, only thing the s7 did was focus faster during video and even that was a little pale in colour. Reproduced the final image on a 42″ 4k Dell monitor to see the results just to check. Audio is way better on the XL especially with windcut and noise cancellation. With the still images I tried both jpg and raw from the

          • Checkoutdude

            Phones… Yes saturation on jogs from the xl was very strong it can be easily toned down. BUT the raw showed none of this and produced files with less noise and more information that the S7.

            I don’t believe preview has done these two yet, they normally get the review fairly correct BUT trying them together was very interesting. It just showed mr the review that has done VS videos/blogs know very little of their so called trade.

            I am not a professional photographer, above that now, I lecture it so I know my shit. Main gear is a Sony Rx4, Nikon f6, f4, fm2 and D3. All prime shooters mounted with each being serviced every six months.

            The XL sucks on so many levels but not the camera, only reason it still is my daily driver.

    • Eder

      I Agree the 950XL câmera looks bad but it takes photos way better thant 930 (I have both).

  • Jinit Ayer

    It fully looks like a xiomi phone to me except the camera part. The landscape view looks cool !

  • Akhil Kochhar

    The base variant should have 4 GB RAM.


    Three variant of Surface phone is “memory variants”
    1. 3GB of RAM with 32GB of internal storage
    2. 6GB of RAM with 128GB of internal storage
    3. 8GB of RAM with 500GB of internal storage

    I hope they comes with big batterys (5000-8000 mAh)

  • Checkoutdude

    Erm.. No. Nothing new there at all.

  • bennyj

    20 MP camera again, damn! That would make my 3 Rd phone in 5 years without an increase

    • Most people complain about how slow the camera is, increasing resolution would make things even worse. Also rich capture is much better differentiating feature than higher megapixels.

      • bennyj

        Rich Capture just adjusts the lighting. Lighting and sharpness aren’t the same thing.