This is obviously a rumour that won’t go away, and what with the recent releases, Windows 8, Surface and Windows Phone 8, it’s probably fair for people to speculate a little more. Tech sites in the past have revealed news from “people close to the matter”, and little more than that. Some projected timing, but no design looks, all we have to go on in that department is a few creative renders of what a surface windows phone 8 device might look like.
The story has done the rounds, but it gained more credibility when the Wall Street Journal picked up on it, bringing more information to light. While it adds fuel to the fire it adds nothing new, and in fact comes with a warning that “the phone may never come to production”. There’s good reason to theorise that Microsoft may jump into other hardware since the recent release of the Surface tablet, and even CEO, Steve Ballmer said in an interview with the BBC,
“Is it fair to say we’re going to do more hardware? Obviously we are… Where we see important opportunities to set a new standard, yeah we’ll dive in.”
WSJ is reporting that Microsoft is testing an unknown prototype device, and that the info is coming from un named officials at some Asian component suppliers. The device is between four and five inches. It feels like a fluff piece from the WSJ, but it keeps this ball rolling.
After experiencing the build quality of the Surface, and watching the way it has been snapped up by Microsoft fans, any phone hardware that they come up with would probably be met with the same enthusiasm. What of Microsoft’s existing OEM partners? Would they feel like they were being undercut, or threatened by having to compete with Microsoft made hardware? That will remain to be seen if this Surface phone ever sees the light of day.