Microsoft Surface Duo: All The Surface Phone Details

The buzz around a new smartphone from Microsoft continues to lớn build. Although Windows Phone has now reached the over of its life, Redmond is not finished with di động technology. CEO Satya Nadella went as far as confirming that Microsoft will “make more phones, but they will not look lượt thích phones that are there today.”

On the consumer side of things, Microsoft will continue to build up its cloud based activities. Outlook, Office 365, Skype, OneDrive sầu và others provide an intriguing and eminently usable environment for working on the move sầu. With apps for iOS & Android (as well as MacOS và Windows 10), making a positive sầu decision to lớn use Microsoft on sản phẩm điện thoại is something consumers can easily bởi vì.

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Hardware as a source of significant revenue is not the Microsoft way, at least not in thiết bị di động. Devices like the Surface Pro tablet, the Surface Book & the Surface Studio creative sầu desktop environment are clear demonstrators of the potential of Windows 10 in specific hardware. The rise of ultra-tablets and 2 in 1 convertibles happened h& in hvà with greater acceptance of Microsoft’s hardware endeavors (the argument over what the Surface Laptop is actually demonstrating can wait for another time).

Which leads me, once more, to circle baông chồng lớn Windows on smartphones.

I expect lớn see more smartphones launched with Windows 10 Mobile in 2017 và beyond. While the Mobile version of Windows 10 is not making an appreciable impact on the market mô tả for the next few years, there is a small cadre of Windows 10 mobile users where the technology is an important part of their workflow. The majority of these can be found in the enterprise sector. While they will not want bleeding edge công nghệ, their handsets will need to be competent & updated on frequent bases. Handsets like the Alcatel Idol 4S for Windows will continue lớn have sầu a place in the ecosystem. That’s why there will be a steady flow of Windows 10 Smartphone powered handsets for the next few years.

Microsoft is going lớn keep its smartphone hardware team ticking over for threat of the decade. They are going khổng lồ throw out ideas, they are going to experiment and there are going lớn be lots of concept devices floating around Redmond.

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In part that explains the latest published patent from Microsoft on smartphones. Titled ‘Wireless Communications Device’ it talks about a bendable smartphone with antenmãng cầu, battery, SIM card holders and screen connectors split over a hinge lớn create a dual-winged device. Various khung factors are on show in the patent as examples, but none of them are cthảm bại to a finished hàng hóa.

Building a demonstration smartphone running Windows 10 to lớn show its manufacturers what is possible is a smart thing lớn do. The question is whether Microsoft would reveal it to lớn the public, let alone put it on sale. I’ve no doubt there is more than one traditional-looking smartphone inside Redmond running the lakiểm tra Windows 10 di động builds on top-over hardware. I don’t see the value in going public with those devices.

I bởi see the value in changing the nature of a điện thoại device. That’s where the Surface Phone will come in. Not a single slab of glass with minimal bezels that are on offer just now. Instead, just as Satya Nadella predicted, Microsoft’s thiết bị di động device will break out of the current moribund design cues.

If there’s going khổng lồ be a Surface Phone, it needs to lớn come with a svào statement. That’s where the hints in the patents can come into play… where Microsoft can be brash and experimental… where showing what can be achieved is more important than focusing on the market mô tả.

Now read more about the Idol 4S for Windows 10 handset…


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