Posts tagged with: Surface Phone
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    Microsoft has left rumors to fester on its commitment not only to its mobile software platform, but its mobile hardware line as well. As Lumia devices take a tumble in the price ladder and only Surface all-in-one PCs on the docket for launch next month, we figure this rumor would've come sooner. An anonymous source from Microsoft told WinBeta that it is preparing to "end sales" of the Lumia 550, Lumia 650, Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL in December. Those are all the smartphones that Microsoft is currently offering. Whether that means production or actual sales, we're not sure what to ...

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    With Samsung, Apple and LG’s big (-gest) fall product announcements now officially in the rearview mirror, what’s there really to look forward to for hardcore tech geeks in the coming months? An October event dedicated to new iPad and Mac gear? Huawei Mate S2 and Mate 9 releases? Crickets. Google may still make a bunch of headlines in under a month by unveiling two Nexus-replacing Pixel phones, an in-house Daydream VR headset, 4K Chromecast, and possibly, a vanilla Android tablet too. Meanwhile, the other prospective late fall showstopper is expected to delay all its important hardware ...

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    Rumors have until now been few and far between regarding an eventual Surface Pro 5 launch by the end of the year, not to mention a Surface Book sequel, while the Surface Phone remains a definite but distant prospect. On the software update front, Microsoft wants the whole world to know already that the Windows 10 Anniversary, aka Redstone 1, rollout will begin for both PCs and mobile devices early next month. Still, you shouldn’t rule out a slew of fall 2016 hardware announcements. Extremely credible sources tell us “minor Surface configuration updates” are indeed also in the ...

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    Microsoft has pretty much confirmed not long ago that it’s taking a little break from in-house production of hardware powered by Windows 10 Mobile while continuing to support existing Lumias and third-party devices, with yet another round of layoffs suggesting the end could be near. But the Redmond-based tech giant insists at least business-oriented, Continuum-capable Windows handhelds have a future, and many tipsters believe the elusive, almost mythical Surface Phone will finally come to light sometime in 2017. If that’s the case, of course, it’s too early to be certain of anything, ...

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    Microsoft has declared time and time again of late its commitment to the mobile iteration of Windows 10, but the very fact such assertions are needed while the current focus is clearly directed elsewhere suggests the platform may simply not be relevant enough to all of a sudden switch to growth next year. Yes, it’s only next year that Redmond intends to invest precious new resources in both W10M hardware and software, with the oft-rumored, practically mythical Surface Phone likely to finally break cover in April 2017, alongside a major Redstone 2 OS update centered around mobile ...

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    For months now we've been hearing about Microsoft’s rumored plans for new Windows smartphone hardware, with talk of a device that would move Microsoft past the days of Lumia phones and into a new era: the era of the Surface phone. Sure, that branding is far from a lock, but the idea of Microsoft moving towards some new high-end hardware designed by Panos Panay and his team has been looking like the platform's future – but when will it happen? Instead of the late-2016 ETA that had been bouncing around, a new report claims that our Surface phone could be even further out – while also ...

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    What would we do without rumors, guesswork, conjecture, gossip, and speculation? I’ll be the first to admit my work would be a lot trickier if I were to report merely hard facts, the occasional product launch, earnings call, and tedious press statements from companies. How about you? Can you imagine just seeing the Galaxy S7 debut sans any background information, checking its reviews, then switching off the interwebs rumor bonanza until the “next big thing” goes official? Who would ever want to live in a world like that? Instead, we’re going to find ourselves debating every little ...

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    A decades-old rule of journalism says never to end a news headline in a question mark. But the latest scoop on Microsoft’s prospective Windows 10 Mobile growth plans is too puzzling to provide any sort of guarantees, yet too juicy to be altogether ignored. What comes after the Lumia 950 and 950 XL? A pair of 960 flagships with Snapdragon 820 processing power seems like the safest bet, though a business-oriented Surface Phone is also a possibility. How about a hero device from a third-party manufacturer? Now that would be a major shocker, as well as a clear sign the Android/iOS platform ...

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    Update: Our Lumia 950 review is now up. Go check that out down below and then come back here for the final word on Microsoft's latest mobile flagship. Enjoy the weekend! Microsoft might be getting the last word in our review queue for 2015. But that also means that we'll be getting the last word on it. We've gone through the Continuum experience and have held Windows 10 Mobile with all 10 of our fingers. And by "we," it's not just Michael Fisher. Vernon E.L. Smith of the MS Mobile Show podcast joins us to make light work of the Lumia 950. You'll have your chance to nominate which ...

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    For the better part of forever – or at least since late 2012 when the first Surface tablet launched – we've been talking about rumors that Microsoft would bring the brand over to its smartphone business and deliver a Surface Phone. Following the acquisition of Nokia's Lumia line, and even more substantially following the launch of Windows 10, those rumors have been picking up fresh heat, most recently focusing on the idea of a mid-2016 launch for a metal-bodied Surface Phone running Intel silicon. Especially with the new Lumia 950 models failing to deliver in every way we'd like, ...

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    Dating as far back as we can remember, Microsoft was rumored to build an enterprise and productivity-focused Surface Phone. Even before Redmond purchased Nokia’s moribund handset business, Windows fans couldn’t help but picture the platform’s full work rate and potency translated on a smaller screen, perhaps with some sort of a kickstand included, definitely with stylus support, and PC convertibility capabilities. Granted, the Lumia 950 and 950 XL are already more than just your conventional, “rudimentary” smartphones, seamlessly connecting to Continuum Docks for a near-complete ...

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    For a long time, the purported Microsoft Surface Phone sounded more like something people wanted to be real than a device with actual chances of ever materializing. But just last week, a presumed pre-release prototype of the ultimate business Windows mobile was allegedly seen in the flesh, and now, a semi-credible source confirms ongoing work on a productivity-centric diminutive Surface. This should apparently roll out at some point next year with “enhanced” Continuum capabilities, Win32 app support in tow, as well as “less focus on specs.” But fret not, high-end specification ...

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    They say the recently unveiled Lumia 950 and 950 XL could decide the entire fate of Microsoft’s smartphone-making business, and despite looking phenomenal on paper, the Windows 10 Mobile flagships aren’t off to a great retail start, with premature UK discounts and US carrier support snags. But what if another Lumia failure were to only bring the death of the Nokia-conceived product family? And what if Redmond were to rely on the surprising success of Surface Pros and warm early reception of the Surface Book to better market Windows phones? Yes, the almost mythological “Surface ...

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    We've been hearing about a possible Microsoft Surface Phone for nearly three years now. With all the recent changes that have happened in Microsoft, it's even harder to believe that this phone will happen now. That said, it could be that the company is still considering it, and today we learn about its specs. It seems that this Microsoft Surface Phone is known by the codename of project Project Juggernaut Alpha, which matches the previous leaks we heard a couple of years ago. If true we're seeing a spec sheet that's rather powerful with a 5.5-inch AMOLED display of 1440×2560 16:9 ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's plans to heavily market the Moto X, even if they never did it with the Nexus line-up. The news includes leaked photos of the Moto X, and the fact that it even made the Verizon roadmap leak that we caught. LG is next as their new and thin display is definitely making it to the G2 in the next coming weeks. The BlackBerry A10 was recently caught on camera, and we get to see how it stacks-up against current BlackBerry devices. Microsoft takes the spotlight next as rumors of their restructuring include the company building its own phone. ...

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    On the eve of their big London announcement, Nokia might have a problem. Once, far and away the favorite to take Microsoft on a ride of profit and swing dancing, Nokia has failed to take advantage of it's position as Fresh Prince of Windows Phone to gain any significant market share.  Windows Phone still finds itself an uber-distant third in the smartphone marketplace and while Nokia has done an admirable job making quality hardware, it hasn't quite gotten the job done in the flying off the shelves department. Now Microsoft might have to take the reins and ride this horse to the finish ...

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    As we were just talking about, Nokia has a pretty sweet deal with Microsoft that, for the moment at least, has let the company sell Windows Phone smartphones while Microsoft compensates Nokia for its royalty fees. That won't last forever, sure, but it's proven to be a nice cushion for this period of adjustment for Nokia. Even still, this partnership isn't without its risks, and Nokia just spelled-out a whole mess of them in a recent SEC filing. Now, you shouldn't take any of these as a warning that Nokia expects them to happen; it's merely disclosing all the possibilities it could imagine ...

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    Ready for the latest poorly-attributed supply chain rumors to be reported by DigiTimes? We're used to seeing these kind of sometimes-fantastical predictions by now, and while its important to not lose sight of just how weak these kind of rumors can be, they're still oftentimes fun to consider. The most recent additions to this rumor mill concern Microsoft and Amazon, and claim that both are orchestrating the production of their own smartphones. Supposedly, Foxconn subsidiary FIH has secured their orders, and will be manufacturing the handsets for releases sometime around the middle of next ...

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    When Microsoft initially launched Windows Phone 7 back in the day there were quite a lot of features missing. The media, analysts and critics all opined that Redmond has rushed the product to the market, something Microsoft agreed to up to a certain extent. It seems that history is repeating itself: "we ran out of time", said Microsoft's Thomas Fennel at the Build conference. He was referring to a Notification Center that Microsoft reportedly had in mind for Windows Phone 8 to collect all the notifications. Instead, because the company "ran out of time", Microsoft is pushing the idea that ...

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    Is Microsoft working on a smartphone of its own? We've asked that question over and over, and while there have been a lot of opinions on the matter, as well as some evidence that's still open to interpretation, it's been hard to know just what to think. Now some new Microsoft-produced photographs have come to light that appear to show an unknown Windows Phone 8 handset. Could this be the rumored Surface phone, or is there another explanation? Discovered on Microsoft web pages for the company's Visual Studio 2012, the full images depict two workspaces loaded with Microsoft gear, including ...

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    Microsoft finds itself at the start of a new push into the mobile electronics sector, with both the arrival of Windows Phone 8 smartphones and Windows RT tablets just around the corner. While the combination of those two will expose Microsoft to some new customers, I can't help but notice the lack of devices falling in the middle. Will we see Microsoft embrace the five-to-seven-inch range, where we find the so-called "phablets"? At least for the near future, I've got to argue that such a move sounds pretty unlikely. Not In The Coming Months... It's no surprise that Microsoft has been slow ...

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    Windows Phone fans may remember the Juggernaut Alpha, a device name that showed up in some server logs over the summer. While we weren't quite sure what to make of it at the time, specualtion has followed that the handset could be one of Microsoft's efforts towards the Surface Phone we've heard rumored. It looks like work on the Juggernaut Alpha's been continuing, and some new evidence has emerged showing that work on it is taking place at none other than Microsoft's Redmond, WA campus. How do we know where the phone was? When it checked-in with the developer's server who provided this ...

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    Rumors about the possibility of Microsoft releasing its own Windows Phone 8 hardware – a Surface phone, if you will – have really been picking up in recent weeks, no doubt due to the excitement over the pending launch of the platform. We've heard suggestions that Microsoft could be planning to hold back on releasing any such hardware until after WP8 is well-established, about the time when we see manufacturers considering their second wave of WP8 devices. Microsoft just released its annual report for investors, and the shareholder letter includes some language that certainly makes the ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the recent rumors of an LG Nexus device in the works. Then we go through our coverage of the AT&T event yesterday where we had some hands-on time with the HTC One X+, One VX, Samsung Galaxy Camera and even some additional time with the Nokia Lumia 920. Then we talk about some improvements to iOS 6, though things are still not perfect. We later talk about the rumors of a probable Microsoft Surface phone and Redmond's look for a manufacturer. We end today's show remembering Steve Jobs, his legacy and importance to our computer and mobile ...

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    Last time we were talking about Microsoft releasing its own Windows Phone handset, we looked at rumors that such a device was still a long way's off, not due to to arrive until well after the first wave of Windows Phone 8 models went up for sale, as well as those that this would be a particularly high-end device. Today a new rumor attempts to name some of the companies Microsoft is working with on this venture, but it's not clear how well this new info meshes with those previous rumors. Supposedly, Microsoft is in cahoots with Huawei and MediaTek for its so-called Surface phone. Now sure, ...

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