Microsoft Surface Phone device found in benchmark app?

The upcoming launch of Microsoft's Surface tablet will mark the company's first ever venture into making its own PC (although Microsoft has certainly made other PC-related hardware such as mice and keyboards). Now it seems that Microsoft might just be working on its own phone handset too.

WParea.de claims that the Windows Phone benchmark app WP Bench has detected the use of a device identified as "Microsoft Surface Phone". The software version number is 8.0.9754.0, which is consistent with previous sightings of Windows Phone 8.

Assuming that this isn't some kind of spoof, one might speculate that Microsoft is in the early stages of working on its own smartphone device with the same Surface name as its upcoming Windows 8/RT tablet. But before everyone gets over-excited, bear in mind that it is technically possible to spoof a handset's device ID (although altering the OS version is much more troublesome).

Does this mean that Microsoft is entering into the smartphone hardware business on its own, bypassing other OEMs like Nokia, Samsung and HTC? While at first glance that seems unlikely, most people would not believe Microsoft would have entered the PC hardware market until they announced the Surface tablet.

Back in June, Microsoft explicitly denied that it was working on its own smartphone. But Microsoft also denied that it was getting a new corporate logo... less than three weeks before unveiling its new corporate logo. Never say never.

Source: WParea.de | Image via WParea.de

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Maybe MS is working with nokia on surface phone, like google works with other companies for nexus devices?

simrat said,
Maybe MS is working with nokia on surface phone, like google works with other companies for nexus devices?

I hope it's this, since Nokia has been doing good for Windows Phones, they deserve to be the ones to take on the task.

simrat said,
Maybe MS is working with nokia on surface phone, like google works with other companies for nexus devices?

But unlike Google, they wouldn't need to work with a third-party. But I guess it's still possible.

The point of Surface is to tell the OEMs how to make a modern PC without the crap, but I don't think Windows Phone has had that problem, so I just don't know what to make of this...

nickcruz said,

I hope it's this, since Nokia has been doing good for Windows Phones, they deserve to be the ones to take on the task.

But there is no need for official MS device. Surface was needed because other companies were just copying ipad or bringing really boring fugly designs.

Lumia series is kind of "surface" for WP phones.

nickcruz said,

I hope it's this, since Nokia has been doing good for Windows Phones, they deserve to be the ones to take on the task.


The fact that Nokia has been making good Windows Phone products is the exact reason why there is no need for a Surface Phone. The quality is already there in Windows Phone products. That was not the case for the tablet market however, which is why Microsoft made the Surface.

I don't suppose it could just be a case of whoever has that device changed the name that shows up in the benchmark app etc? I think it's been shown you can "fake" names and even version numbers.

I have been hoping Microsoft will release a Surface phone. I don't just like my software to be consistent, I also like my hardware to be consistent.

.Neo said,
It truly puzzles me why you're still using Microsoft products in that case.

I was definitely going to switch to Apple products before Windows Phone was announced As I loved Windows Phone so much, I thought I'd take the 2 year contract and see if Microsoft's products were more consistent in 2 years (now) I'd hoped they'd end up releasing their own phones and PCs, but I didn't see it happening, until Surface.

.Neo said,
There's still zero consistency on the software front with Microsoft.

It isn't zero. They're using the same icons for apps on Windows and Windows Phone (some of which also appear on Xbox), and the general "Metro" concept is very similar throughout the products. Further, most of their web properties use the same icons as the Windows 8 apps and they share the same/a similar design along with the same icon (e.g. People).

Overall, I'm very happy with the direction Microsoft are going in. It isn't yet as consistent as I'd like, which is why I'm still considering Apple products, but I like the direction, Microsoft's products include some wonderful features that don't exist in Apple's products, and Apple's products include some inconsistencies anyway (e.g. all icons in iOS have rounded corners and follow the same template, but icons in OS X don't).

How would this work? Do you hold the tablet up to your face? or do you need to buy a handset? Wat?

FoxieFoxie said,
Why would they name it surface phone if they are just testing it?

It could very well be a Windows Phone Emulator that is bundled with the surface tablet to run Windows Phone apps.

Surface only has wifi support, they could be working on a version of Surface with a phone stack to be released later.

nohone said,
Surface only has wifi support, they could be working on a version of Surface with a phone stack to be released later.

The HARDWARE Microsoft Surface computers only have WiFi internally; however, they both fully support USB Cellular devices, just like any notebook, with the exception of the need for specific ARM drivers for the Windows RT Surface version.

You are confusing Microsoft hardware with Windows 8 RT and Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

All three OSes have cellular capabilities. It is just the Microsoft Surface Tablets (their hardware specifically) that only have WiFi, this does not mean that other companies are not producing Windows 8 Tablets that have cellular connectivity, just like Win2k, WinXP, WinVista, Win7 had and Win8 will also have.

The 'stack' is already in Windows NT, and has been for years, if I remember correctly it was port from NT to WinCE for the PocketPC Smartphone in 2001.

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