Now that Windows Phone is officially void of any kind of support from Microsoft (and Windows 10 Mobile seems to be going the same way, to be honest), it’s time for us to look forward to their concept device heretofore known as Surface Phone, Surface Mobile, Cellular PC and many other names.

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The rumors have been many, and “leaks” equally multitudinous. But the few pieces of verifiable information that are actually available still give us a clear-enough picture of Microsoft wants to do. The question is: how far has the company traveled down that road?

Here are some other questions that still need answering:

  • Is Microsoft ready with a prototype Surface Phone?
  • Will it run Windows 10 on ARM or the newly reported Windows 10 Mobile variant?
  • Is it going to be a foldable device as their patent applications suggest?
  • Will it have a robust Continuum feature that actually works?
  • Will it have 8GB RAM with 512GB and 1TB memory options?
  • When will they release the device, or at least give the world a preview of its full capabilities?

These are the questions that have kept media and reader interest alive in the Surface Phone. We’ve been through seeing Microsoft and Qualcomm reveal a “cellular PC” that runs Windows 10 on ARM; we’ve heard of test hardware devices at Microsoft corporate offices sporting a new Windows 10 Mobile OS version; we’ve even received information from Chinese suppliers that it’s going to be called “Surface Mobile” with some key features.

We’ve been through seeing Microsoft and Qualcomm reveal a “cellular PC” that runs Windows 10 on ARM; we’ve heard of test hardware devices at Microsoft corporate offices sporting a new Windows 10 Mobile OS version; we’ve even received information from Chinese suppliers that it’s going to be called “Surface Mobile” with some key features.

But what we do not know is: When will Surface Phone surface?

On the one side, the device that’s being tested internally at Microsoft could be the one we’re waiting for. On the other, it could be the ones that HP, Lenovo and ASUS have agreed to make later this year using Windows 10 on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chip.

Using only that as a reference for a possible release timeline, we’d have to say that Surface Phone is somewhere between 6 and 18 months away from its official release – irrespective of what’s it’s going to be called at launch time.

You can bet that there will be more rumors and more leaks and more “authentic” information about Surface Phone until it finally does arrive. The best thing we Windows smartphone lovers can do is to keep track of everything as it breaks. And that’s what we hope we’re doing at 1redDrop.

Also Read:

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