'Microsoft Surface Phone' rumors: Handset focuses on business appeal; expected first half of 2016

(Nadir Aslam)

There was some disappointment when Microsoft unveiled its Surface lineup without the rumored Surface Phone. But it seems that will change by next year when the Surface phone surfaces as the premiere device for the business-minded individual.

During an event it hosted last October, Microsoft introduced several of its flagship devices, like the Surface Pro 4, the much hyped Surface Book and the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. While the products were well-received and applauded, there were questions as to why the Surface Phone was seemingly omitted from the presentation.

It has been speculated that Microsoft will be adding a totally new smartphone next year, the Surface Phone. However, the device will not replace the Lumia handsets; it will be released alongside them.

According to "Android Origin," what will set the Surface Phone apart from the Lumia line and its other competitors is that it will be optimized for greater productivity. The idea appears to stem from the Surface hybrid netbooks, and Microsoft appears set to push the Surface Phone as the business smartphone.

There are a lot of rumors surrounding the Surface Phone. A "prototype of a new device" was reportedly spotted by an associate of "Wired" in Microsoft's headquarters during an interview given by Corporate Vice Chairman Panos Panay. The Surface Phone is said to have been given the code name "Juggernaut Alpha" and will reportedly follow the same design aesthetics as the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book, both of which boasts a thin, metallic design.

The "PC Advisor" site broke down the features the Surface Phone will allegedly have, listing it to have a 5.5-inch AMOLED display, 1440 x 2560 resolution and will reportedly be powered by Intel's Atom X3 LTE chip.

And in keeping with its plan to make it the business smart phone, Microsoft will allegedly endow the Surface Phone with more productivity and security-oriented features like an iris scanner, a USB Type-C port, Win32 apps, 4GB RAM, a microSD card slot and 64GB or 128GB storage capabilities to give users easy access to the company's numerous productivity-oriented apps.

Users will also be able to utilize the Surface Phone like a small PC via its improved landscape mode and "enhanced Continuum."

No concrete information has been given yet, but Microsoft will reportedly unveil the Surface Phone sometime in the first half of 2016.

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