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Microsoft Surface Phone could be out next year

Emma Clark

Published 03/12/2015 | 10:33

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Microsoft is reportedly working on a Surface Phone, which we could see released next year in place of the previously rumoured metal handset.

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Microsoft is apparently working away on a new ‘Surface Phone’ with Devices head Panos Panay leading development of the project.

A report from Windows Central maintains that the rumoured Intel-powered Windows 10 phone has been cancelled with focus shifting to this new flagship phone. It is reportedly scheduled for release in the second half of 2016.

The report says that the phone is being referred to as “Panos’ phone,” indicating just how hands-on he is being. Intel is apparently involved, which may suggest that there is some overlap between this phone and the scrapped metal handset.

Some are speculating that this may mean the device will run an x86 chipset, or at least something more powerful than what Qualcomm has to offer. Many, of course, hope that this will lead to a device that can run Windows Store apps as well as Win32 apps.

This rumoured handset may arrive in August 2016, which would line up with the release of Windows 10 Redstone. This OS will apparently improve on Continuum and let apps seamlessly transfer presence from the phone to the PC.

Until the arrival of this handset, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL stand as Microsoft’s high-end devices for Windows 10 Mobile.

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