More rumors of Microsoft's Surface phone prototype emerge

The rumors of Microsoft making its own smartphone hardware have been floating around the Internet for about a year now. Late on Friday, a report claimed, via unnamed sources, that the company was developing prototypes for a smartphone that would have shared the Surface branding that Microsoft uses for its tablet products.

The report, as posted on The Verge, claims that the project was being overseen by Terry Myerson, who is currently the head of all Microsoft's operating system projects. Ironically, Myerson stated back in April that the company would only consider making its own smartphone if third party OEMs were "not providing the consumer experience we think is possible with our platform."

The report doesn't state how far Microsoft went with the Surface phone project before abandoning it. In September 2012, the benchmark app WP Bench detected the use of a device that it identified as "Microsoft Surface Phone". In November 2012, the company posted up a render of an unnamed Windows Phone device on its Facebook page.

Of course, Microsoft will soon have all of the hardware resources it needs to make its own phones thanks to its planned acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services business. On Friday, The New York Times claims that its own sources stated Nokia was experimenting with running Android in its Lumia smartphones before the Microsoft deal was made.

Source: The Verge | Image via Microsoft Facebook page

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so I think we can all agree that when Nokia announces that huge 6" phone, that will probably be the end of the line for the Lumina series. The MS deal will be approved soon and I fully expect Microsoft to ramp up their phone with the help of their new Nokia employees. If its not here early next year I'd be disappointed.

I think if they had made it a phablet or tabone or large mobile or mobitab. With that pen tech they have for the pro it would be a great buy.

To those that think that image Is the prototype, it's not. It's a unbranded generic render created by their graphics agency for use in instruction pieces and generic Windows Phone marketing when a specific feature phone is not to be promoted. (asked someone internal)

I definitely believe there are actual prototypes of their own though, but definitely not that.

spy beef said,
They should name it, Nokia Lumia Surface Pro Phone, to capitalize on brand power.

No, Surface Phone is enough!!

I say bring it, and let the recently purchase service and device division of Nokia to handle the hardware design!

interesting in the verge report about nokia being ****ed about Microsoft pushing the lower end range. yes,it was bad for nokias margins, but this news is pretty exciting. hopefully Microsoft goes hard on the low and mid range.

Auditor said,
So we are back in to monochrome era. What is next, a black background with green text.

I suggest you give up now, we know you're an Android Fanboy and that you hate any software and devices created by Microsoft!!!!

neo158 said,

I suggest you give up now, we know you're an Android Fanboy and that you hate any software and devices created by Microsoft!!!!

Though I agree with you, I think you only needed one exclamation mark.

I would like to see full Windows on a phone, even RT. Its the same concept as ubuntu Edge, take it and put it in a dock or use Miricast and a monitor with a BT mouse and keyboard to get the full PC affect. Heck, most people, thats really all they need.

That kinda brought up a interesting idea. The tablet is really a companion device for a full computer (at least today it is). If you had a Surface Phone with Miricast, why not a very thin slate or laptop form factor to project your phone connection to? That way it costs just a few hundred dollars for just a very thin light device and you can use any phone with. Separates the brains from the brawn and you can update either when needed.

Rann Xeroxx said,
I would like to see full Windows on a phone, even RT. Its the same concept as ubuntu Edge, take it and put it in a dock or use Miricast and a monitor with a BT mouse and keyboard to get the full PC affect. Heck, most people, thats really all they need.

That kinda brought up a interesting idea. The tablet is really a companion device for a full computer (at least today it is). If you had a Surface Phone with Miricast, why not a very thin slate or laptop form factor to project your phone connection to? That way it costs just a few hundred dollars for just a very thin light device and you can use any phone with. Separates the brains from the brawn and you can update either when needed.

The dock option would be better than running a full blown version of Windows on a phone. Windows Phone interface for Phone use and the Windows 8/8.1/RT interface when docked.

Rann Xeroxx said,
I would like to see full Windows on a phone, even RT. Its the same concept as ubuntu Edge, take it and put it in a dock or use Miricast and a monitor with a BT mouse and keyboard to get the full PC affect. Heck, most people, thats really all they need.

Motorola's Atrix, was close to this with its netbook dock. It was underpowered then, but I think doing it again now would produce much better results. IIRC Google has done a lot of optimizing in Android's code, and modern SOCs are far more capable than before.

Seeing that, plus Canonical and Microsoft's efforts? Yeah, for consumer use this would be great (professional and engusiast use? Dunno).

Fritzly said,

The HD7 had it; quite useful I would add.

Considering I buy a case almost immediately after I buy a new phone, it frustrates me when functionality like that is built directly into the device. The only way I'd get to use it is if I trust my phone's well-being to its own build quality.

Then again, if this is built like a Surface tablet, I probably would trust it.

Joshie said,

Considering I buy a case almost immediately after I buy a new phone, it frustrates me when functionality like that is built directly into the device. The only way I'd get to use it is if I trust my phone's well-being to its own build quality.

Then again, if this is built like a Surface tablet, I probably would trust it.

The HD7, as well as the HD2 I had before, was, at least based on my personal experience, well built. Granted no matter as sturdy a device is if it hits a critical point even a small drop could be a disaster.

EvilAstroboy said,
WOW, it eats then annoying birds ?

thats an option. Just enter "CAT" into the promo box when you order it.

It would be surprising if Microsoft WASN'T working on a phone. That said, given how overpriced and underspecced the Surface tablets were I doubt very much a Surface phone would have been worth buying.

That prototype, is an instant by. No matter how many shortcoming s may still be there. Too thin, I don't believe any modern phone can be that thin, and do all today's phones do. But it's nice to dream.