Microsoft Surface Phone: The Company Might Introduce Two Models Powered By Snapdragon 835
It is believed that the work on the speculated Surface phone is already in progress and the device might be released in the second quarter of 2017.
Yibada English reports that prototypes of the phone have been leaked which suggest that the Windows 10 mobile handset may run on Snapdragon 835 SoC and it will support 6GB of RAM.
Microsoft is currently testing two prototypes for its Surface phone. Both these prototypes might boast 5.5 inch Quad HD resolution. These devices may also feature Qualcomm's next generation SD 835 and this would be the first processor to be produced in 10-nano-meter process. It promises mobile computing power including increased efficiency of energy use.
Apart from on board 835 SD the upcoming Surface phone might be equipped with 8 core Kryo 200 CPU and Adreno 540 GPU.
It is believed that the Surface phone will be able to run X86 in Continuum which is a built-in feature of Windows 10 and it also creates a desktop setting on a mobile device if connected with the monitor.
It has been a while that Microsoft had been working on X86-on-ARM 64 emulation which could be one of the implementations on Surface phone models.
It is also believed that the prototypes can run X86 apps on their own still these apps can be installed. The device once connected via Continuum there is a possibility to run any X86 app.
Another prototype is having SD 835 as the main engine but it supports only 4GB of RAM. This signifies that Microsoft has designed the Surface phone for two potential users. One with 6 GB of RAM is for enterprise while the other with 4 GB of RAM is for general consumers.
The phone with 4GB of Ram will not have Continuum functionality but it will run on 64-bit Windows 10 Mobile OS.
The Surface Phone might be released immediately after the rollout of Windows 10 Redstone 3 update.