Rumor has it that the Microsoft Surface Phone is in fact anything but a rumor – apparently it’s real enough t have put the fear of God in Nokia.
Over the course of the weekend, a series of new images have come to light depicting what is said to be the unannounced Microsoft Surface Phone in all its glory, which could very well see a release date in the second half of this year. And while most of the consumer world will welcome the news with both intrigue and excitement, the same it appears cannot be said for Nokia.
Nokia does after all have a huge stake invested in Windows Phone 8 as the platform’s unofficial flagship brand, therefore for Microsoft to launch its own pure Windows Phone 8 Surface Smartphone could potentially be disastrous for Nokia.
An SEC filing confirmed that Nokia is indeed concerned about Microsoft’s future roadmap and paid specific reference to the idea of a Surface Smartphone in the pipeline.
“Microsoft may make strategic decisions or changes that may be detrimental to us. For example, in addition to the Surface tablet, Microsoft may broaden its strategy to sell other mobile devices under its own brand, including smartphones,” read an extract of the filing.
Nokia hasn’t had the easiest run over the last few years and has watched its once world-dominating market share swallowed up by the likes of Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. So spectacular has been Nokia’s fall from grace that many critics had dubbed the latest wave of Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices frankly the company’s last shot at regaining its once-proud name.
Given the limited success of the Surface Pro and Surface RT Tablets, it remains to be seen if and when Microsoft decides to up the ante by extending its reach to further devices like Smartphones. However, this is the kind of looming concern that Nokia could really do without right now.