Fans of Microsoft's Surface line of devices might be in for a pleasant surprise soon, as the tech giant is allegedly in the process of developing its latest flagship device, the rumored Microsoft Surface Phone.
Microsoft Surface Phone Leaks
Recent leaks from Chinese social networking giant Weibo have emerged, stating that the tech giant would be unveiling the highly-anticipated device at the upcoming IFA 2016 in Berlin this coming September. However, the device would formally be released to the market early next year.
What is interesting about the recent leaks, however, are the specs of the alleged device. While the Surface Phone's USB Type-C port, 20MP Carl Zeiss lens and 5.7-inch 2k screen are not surprising, it is the device's internals that has captured the attention of Microsoft's fans.
Microsoft Surface Phone Specs
The Microsoft Surface Phone will allegedly be offered in three variants, with the vanilla device featuring 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The leak further suggested that the midrange Surface Phone would feature boosted specs, with 6GB of storage and 128GB of RAM. What's most radical, however, is the alleged specs of the premium Surface Phone, which is rumored to feature a whopping 8GB of RAM and 500GB of internal storage.
While the leaks and alleged specs of the Microsoft Surface Phone could not be verified as of writing, the premise of the tech giant's handsets blowing out its rivals out of the water in specs is a very interesting notion. After all, even Samsung's most powerful phone, the Galaxy Note 7, only comes with 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. Apple's current flagship, the iPhone 6S, is even farther behind, equipped with a measly 2GB of RAM and a pitiful 16GB of storage.
Microsoft Surface Phone Release Date and Price
With public interest in the Microsoft Surface Phone all but confirmed, it is speculated that the powerful smartphone would be released sometime early 2017. The device, however, is speculated to be unveiled at the upcoming IFA 2016 this coming September.
If the rumors do prove to be true, and the Microsoft does indeed release a monster version of its Surface Phone with 8GB of RAM and 500GB of storage, the smartphone market would most likely be shaken. In order to do this, however, Microsoft would need to perform a delicate balancing act, as the parts for such a high-end device would result in the premium Surface Phone costing at least $700.