Rumors of the elusive Surface Phone have reached mainstream channels once again thanks to the recent sighting of a high-end device running Windows 10 Mobile at the GFXBench site.
However, while it’s almost a certainty the alleged Surface Phone will have the best specifications to boot; the exact specifics continues to elude us so far.
Fortunately, the GFXBench does have some pointers of what to expect, which includes the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset coupled with Adreno 530 GPU to take care of processing duties.
There have been some reports in the past that pointed to Microsoft relying on an Intel chip to power its showpiece Surface Phone though that seems to have changed since.
HP too has given Intel chips a miss for powering its flagship, the Elite x3. HP said that had to do with the relative advancement of ARM in mobile processors with Intel still playing catching up.
Coming back to the Surface Phone, the rest of the spec sheet speak of a 1440p 5.5-inch display which again is flagship material though previous rumors had pointed towards a bigger 6-inch display.
In any case, in spite of there being considerable confusion so far as a new flagship from Microsoft is concerned, the hype surrounding the Surface Phone is already reaching mammoth proportions.
In fact, with two different sizes being touted, experts opine there could actually be two different versions being considered. While the bigger 6-inch Surface Phone will be well suited to the business community, the smaller version with a 5.5-inch display should appeal to masses.
Microsoft currently makes do with the Lumia 950 and 950 XL for flagship duties. Also, while both have been acclaimed for their specifications, it’s Windows 10 Mobile operating system that has come for critical reviews time and again. Hopefully, that seems to change for the better with Microsoft releasing new updates in recent times.
Further, both the top-end Lumia phones have been picked up in the past for their plastic build while others relied on metallic construction for their flagship handsets. That might not be the case with the Surface Phone if it inherits the superb build quality that the Surface lineup has already come to be acclaimed for.
Clearly, with the new Surface Phone, Microsoft’s intentions will be to build a device that will serve to showcase the inherent strength of the Windows 10 platform in the mobile segment. That is quite similar to what the Nexus range of devices serves to Google. Moreover, there is no reason to believe Microsoft won’t have the best bits and pieces making up the new Surface Phone.