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Microsoft Surface Phone suffers huge delay

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Written by Kamil Arli

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The Microsoft Surface Phone has reportedly suffered a major delay.

The hotly-anticipated new Windows 10 mobile device was thought to be in development now as Microsoft prepares its next big mobile release.

However a report has now claimed that the Surface Phone release date has now been pushed back significantly as Microsoft switches its focus back to the struggling Windows 10 Mobile platform.

THE NEWS COMES FROM REDDIT WHERE A USER CLAIMING TO BE A FORMER 

The news comes from Reddit, where a user claiming to be a former employee of a Microsoft contractor says that the Surface Phone will not be arriving for some time.

The source, who uses the handle zombieacc, claims that the device will “probably” be released in late 2018 or 2019.

This flies in the face of recent suggestions that the Surface Phone will be launched later this year, possibly as part of the ‘Redstone 3’ Windows 10 update.

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Launching a Surface Phone would allow Microsoft to capitalise on several recent hardware successes

The source went on to claim that despite this delay, Microsoft is not giving up on the Surface Phone, which is set to be one of the most powerful devices launched by the company.

“Nobody knows what they are working on right now, but they don’t seem to be giving up,” the user added.

“Some special phone-pc-like Windows 10 ARM device will probably arrive in late 2018 or 2019. I have no more info on that, but I think Windows 10 ARM is much further away than some of us hope.”

THE SURFACE PHONE COULD BE MICROSOFT’S NEXT GREAT HARDWARE ADVANCE

The Surface Phone could be Microsoft’s next great hardware advance, following the recent success of the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book laptop.

Reports of a Microsoft-built smartphone have been circulating for some time, leading to speculation that the device could be launching soon.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently raised hopes among Microsoft fans that the device may be in development when he hinted last month that a Surface Phone could be “the ultimate mobile device”.

However the company has downgraded work on its Windows 10 Mobile platform recently in favour of focusing on building other new hardware instead.

Among the most popular rumours concerning the Surface Phone is that the device will use Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip and will run a 64-bit version of Windows 10 Mobile.

Continuum – Windows 10’s ability to run a desktop PC-like environment on a large screen from a smartphone – could bring a new level of productivity for the phone.

Including the ability to connect Surface Phone to an external keyboard, mouse and display to run full desktop applications like Office 2016 or Adobe Photoshop would be of interest to business customers.

If you want to find out more about the Microsoft Surface Phone, you can check out everything we think we know about this new device here.

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Kamil Arli

Editor of DigitalReview.co. Digital Media Consultant

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