Since Microsoft lost around $3 billion buying Nokia, you might have thought that they would get out of smartphones completely. However, that’s evidently not the case.
Leaked screenshots apparently show the specs of a new Surface Phone which is code named “Juggernaut Alpha”, with the final device being branded as Surface Mobile and set to launch at the end of 2015 or early 2016.
Microsoft Surface Mobile in 2016?
The new device is said to have a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution better than full HD at 1,440 x 2,560 pixels.
Powering the Surface Mobile (or whatever it ends up being called) is an Intel Atom xx CPU and 4 GB of RAM, which should make the phone a force to be reckoned with in the performance stakes. Storage starts at 64 GB and goes up to 128 GB, missing out the 32 GB (or even 16 GB) that some companies choose to sell.
It’s also rumoured that the Surface Mobile may support Microsoft’s Surface Pen tech, which is fairly popular on the Surface tablets but isn’t yet available for any smartphone.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note series of devices include a similar product called S-Pen for drawing, taking notes and so on, so it seems that Microsoft might be trying to capture some of the productivity-focused consumers by adding stylus support.
In terms of software, Surface Mobile would likely run Windows 10 Mobile, the latest version of the company’s operating system that works with Windows 10 and could allow developers to create apps that run on both platforms without any code changes.
Wireless charging and USB Type-C are also rumoured as well as a 21 megapixel PureView Zeiss 6 lens reaer camera and an 8 megapixel wide angle front camera.