MICROSOFT'S RUMOURED Surface Phone reportedly won't see the light of day until next year, but will arrive in three versions when it does.
So says Windows Central, which has heard that, despite earlier speculation about an imminent arrival, Microsoft's Surface Phone won't see an official launch until 2017.
The report said that Microsoft has scaled back on Windows Phone development for a number of reasons. These include the fact that Windows 10 Mobile is still being developed and improved, and Microsoft needs time to come back with a strong product to disrupt the market.
This matches comments Microsoft made to The Verge last week when the firm admitted that smartphones are not its focus this year.
Windows chief Terry Myerson said: "We're going to do some cool things with phones, but this year phones are an important part of our family but not the tip of the spear."
This adds weight to this latest speculation that the Surface Phone will debut next year.
Windows Central has also learned that the Surface Phone will come in three versions aimed at the consumer, business and enthusiast markets.
This goes along with remarks made by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella last year when he laid out the company's plans to target three different customer bases.
"We plan to narrow our focus to three customer segments where we can make unique contributions and where we can differentiate through the combination of our hardware and software," he said.
"We'll bring business customers the best management, security and productivity experiences they need; value phone buyers the communications services they want; and Windows fans the flagship devices they'll love."
There's no word on the specs that this trio of devices will offer. However, previous rumours suggest that the so-called Surface Phone will feature a 5.5in QHD AMOLED screen, an Intel Atom CPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage.
Like Microsoft's Surface tablets, there's also talk that the smartphone will support the firm's Surface Pen stylus. µ
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