Over the last few years, Microsoft’s Surface line has grown into a brand that represents innovation and iteration. Slowly but surely, the company has created what is arguably the top laptop-tablet hybrid around, spawning an entirely new product category.
If recent rumours are to be believed, it looks like the company could be planning to adopt the same strategy with a new Windows 10 Mobile device, according to sources close to Windows Central.
The rumoured Windows 10 phone slated for a release in May 2016 has reportedly been cancelled. Instead, a team lead by Microsoft corporate vice-president Panos Panay, one of the main architects behind the Surface as well as the company’s recent efforts to move into hardware development, is reportedly working on a new Windows 10-based “Surface Phone.”
Details related to the device are still unknown, but it’s believed Intel is involved in the project. There also seems to be some level of overlap between the often rumoured but cancelled Lumia “metal phone” slated for release in May 2016.
The device’s internal codenames reportedly include NorthStar and “Panos’ Phone.” While nothing has been confirmed and won’t be for some time, it’s likely the new Surface Phone will come quipped with an x86 processor designed to run PC applications, taking the Continuum feature that is a prominent part of the company’s recently released Lumia 950 and 950 XL, to another level.
While Microsoft’s Lumia 950 and 950 XL were relatively well-received by both fans and critics, most cited the device is held back by Windows 10 Mobile’s lacklustre ecosystem and a handful of design flaws.
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