Not sure whether to be surprised or just frankly not believe this one – apparently the Microsoft Surface phone we’d expected to launch this year isn’t happening at all. And with regard to reasons, it’s a simple case of Microsoft already playing a big enough role in the development of the Nokia Lumia flagship Windows Phone 8 range.
This really isn’t something we saw coming – could it be a case of smoke and mirrors?
According to new reports published by Pocket Lint, Casey McGee of Microsoft fame has gone on record to pretty well debunk talk of a Surface Phone for 2013, by saying that there isn’t any need for one and the company is already happy with the Windows Phones out there.
And what’s more, he and others at Microsoft are apparently given early access to Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices in order to offer input and influence over their resulting designs, which in turn means that the fingerprints of Microsoft are already all over a successful Smartphone range.
To an extent all of the above makes perfect sense, but when looking at it from another perspective a pure Microsoft Surface Phone could have given the Surface hardware project as a whole the shot in the arm is so desperately needs. And what’s more, the likes of the Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC 8X might be doing pretty well in their own rights, but are still barely nibbling at the heels of market-leaders from the Android and iOS camps.
Or in other words, to rule out a Microsoft Surface Phone is to at the same time rule out a huge step forward for the Surface range – a range which at present features only the ailing Surface RT and Surface Pro Tablets.
Still, it’s all technically just hearsay for now and even if the Microsoft Surface Phone never happens, at least Amazon will be laughing behind the scenes as its Kindle Phone hits the market sometime this year.