To go along with its budding Surface line of computers, Microsoft is reportedly ready to move forward with a Surface Phone. Its manufacturing partner, Pegatron, is reportedly ready to begin trial production.
According to Commercial Times, Pegatron has been working closely with Microsoft on the Surface Phone and is now ready to move forward with a possible release date for 2017.
Rumors of the Surface Phone caught fire a few weeks back when Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that the company was committed to creating the “the ultimate mobile device.” Today’s new rumor reignites a long-gestated myth about Microsoft making a Surface-branded smartphone.
Other than murmurs about production on a Surface Phone starting next year, few other details are known about Microsoft’s mysterious device.
Will the Surface Phone be a success?
Microsoft’s alleged move into mobile phones is rather confusing. It tried for years to push Windows Phone, even going as far as purchasing Nokia’s mobile division, but that fizzled out. It’s hard to see why next year would be any different with iOS and Android dominating the market, even with a premium phone that mirrors the design of the Surface computers.
With the iPhone’s tenth anniversary set for next year, Microsoft couldn’t have picked a more challenging time to announce an alleged Surface Phone. However, if its anything like its Surface line of computers, consumers might finally have a reason to jump ship from Android and iOS.