Rumors of a Microsoft Surface Smartphone release date in the pipeline are certainly nothing new, as the notion has been popping up pretty much the Surface RT and Surface Pro Tablets were announced earlier this year. However, as time moves forward said rumors are being backed by some of the most credible sources in the consumer-tech world, leading to the strongest send yet that the Microsoft Surface Phone is indeed real.
According to reports from the Wall Street Journal, the very first Microsoft Surface Phone is already being tested in terms of potential designs and specifications, ahead of an intended release date for the first half of next year. The idea has also been given extensive approval by Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, having recently stated that a Microsoft Surface Phone would be a frankly wonderful asset to the Windows Phone platform and lead to additional success for all developers offering Windows Phone 8 Smartphones.
As it stands, Windows Phone remains monumentally behind both Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android – Windows Phone 8 has been earmarked to turn things around.
Microsoft’s recent flurry of high-profile release dates and launch events signifies the company’s more aggressive efforts to date to bring its various software and now hardware products to glory. Windows Phone 8 in particular has a great deal resting on its shoulders, as it is the primary intention of Microsoft to shoulder past BlackBerry to become the world’s number-three mobile OS.
Hype surrounding the impending Surface Pro Tablet release date is growing by the day, but it will take something even more significant and game-changing to see Windows Phone 8 hit the big-leagues.
Why not a Microsoft Surface Smartphone?
Exactly what the Windows Phone 8 Surface Smartphone would offer in terms of specs and features remains a mystery, but in order to stand out against the likes of the Nokia Lumia 920, the HTC 8X, the Samsung Galaxy S3, the iPhone 5 and the new BlackBerry 10 range, it would have to be quite the behemoth to say the least.