If rumors are to be believed – Microsoft might just be revealing its Surface Phone during the IFA conference this week in Berlin. According to iTech Post, Microsoft might be introducing the 2nd generation of their smartphones since the purchase and the subsequent restructuring of Nokia a few years ago.
The Surface Phone is supposed to be a successor to the Lumia 950 and 950 XL lineup of phones released in November of 2015 and is expected to introduce a complete design overhaul – complete with a body built out of aluminum and magnesium.
There are also some other rumors about the specifications for Surface Phone – most notably pointing towards a 5.5 inch AMOLED display. BGR has even shown us a leaked image of the Surface Phone, but they don’t seem to be very keen about the idea of a new flagship Windows Phone device.
We also seem to have quite a few conflicting reports about the processor Surface Phone will come with – some suggest Microsoft would be experimenting with Intel’s 64 bit Apollo Lake Atom processors, while others suggest a safer bet – the Snapdragon 821, or 830.
Rumors also suggest that the Carl Zeiss lenses would be making a comeback and will be paired with a 21-megapixel sensor for the back camera.
Since the Surface Phone is built by Microsoft themselves, it would also be safe to assume the phone would come with the latest version of Windows 10 Mobile – packing all of the updates, resulting in a more stable experience. It might also be one of the first phones to receive further updates from Microsoft – such as the Windows 10 Mobile Redstone 2 update next year.
Microsoft has been trying to push Windows Phone in developing markets for quite a while now, but flagships such as the Surface Phone are also important to build a consumer base that would be willing to spend money within the Windows ecosystem.