Microsoft Surface Phone release date: Windows 10 smartphone to launch in 2017

If the news emerging from rumor mills are to be believed, Microsoft is gearing up to release the flagship Surface Phone with Intel Kaby Lake processor by early January 2017. The rumor got doubled when India-based software developer, Shubhan Chemburkar took to Twitter and posted images, which he reportedly captured when he was inside Building 88 at Microsoft’s global headquarters in Redmond.

The images clearly reveal placeholders for the upcoming Microsoft Surface devices. According to reports, the devices portrayed on the wall will be released before the end of 2017, which includes a wide range of Surface products including Surface Phone. Although there is no official confirmation about the placement of the Surface Phone on the wall, there are widespread rumors about the proposed launch of the device in January.

While we spotted few Surface devices which are docked into the keyboard, there are few images which are separated from the keyboard. We expect that Microsoft will release Surface Pro AIO along with the upcoming Surface Pro 5, Surface Book and Surface Book 2. The wall also consists of four empty placeholders that have been named 2017 on them. However, we are unable to find any phone type device on the wall.

According to sources close to Microsoft, the company has already actively designing Surface Phone and the device will be manufactured as soon as Intel releases the much-awaited Kaby Lake processors. Microsoft is keen to integrate Kaby Lake since it consumes less power without sacrificing performance.

On the specifications front, the Surface Phone will be available in three variants. While the default model will have 4GB RAM and 128GB of storage, the mid-level variant will be equipped with 6GB RAM and 256GB of storage.

Microsoft Surface Phone Specs: 8GB RAM, UFS technology

Microsoft will most probably infuse 8GB RAM in a device with 256GB of storage. We can’t rule out the possibility of a 512GB storage variant. Instead of eMMC storage, Microsoft will most likely ship Surface Phone with Universal Flash Storage (UFS) and fast charging technology.

The upcoming Surface Phone will be loaded with Windows 10 Mobile with support for Continuum, which enables you to plug-in the device to a higher display directly.

We don’t have any information about the pricing of the Surface Phones but we expect the base model to cost higher than other competing smartphones.