By Stephen Schenck | September 3, 2012 7:13 PM
Ever since Microsoft first pulled the curtain back on its Surface tablet lineup, we’ve wondered what this foray into mobile electronics might mean for the chance of us seeing the company’s own Windows Phone handset. We speculated about it a bit, as well as checked out some concept renders (above) of what the hardware might look like, but so far there hasn’t been one iota of evidence to support such a thing. We’re still a long way off from being convinced that we’ll see anything like this arrive, but a “Microsoft Surface Phone” has just reportedly popped-up on WP Bench’s logs.
Would Microsoft be so careless as to allow top-secret in-development hardware to access a public benchmarking app like that? Our gut feeling says that this is the work of a faker, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t at least consider the possibility.
Even the name seems off, though. Why would Microsoft go with its tablet series for a phone name? Even when Surface was the big table-based multi-touch system, the name made sense in the same way it does for tablets: Surface is all about having a large area to work with, the kind that doesn’t feel like it translates all that well to phones.
What do you think, is this pure bupkis, or did Microsoft just let the cat out of the bag?