Rumours of an alleged flagship smartphone from Microsoft have been doing rounds for quite some time now, some even dating back to 2012. Microsoft is said to have a new Windows 10 device in works, which is expected to be the Surface Phone.

Design and display of the device

Just like every other flagship Phone out there, the Microsoft Surface Phone is rumoured to feature a full-metal body design, hinting towards an aluminum-magnesium unibody. The Surface Phone is reported to come in three variants, namely Consumer Edition, which will be a reasonably priced smartphone.

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The Business Edition will replace the BlackBerry and will focus on the users who seek productivity on the go. Lastly, the Enthusiast Edition will be a high-end device for power users.

Many rumours suggest that the Surface Phone will flaunt a 5.5-inch display with 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution. It is expected to have a Snapdragon 835 SoC at its heart backed by 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. On the camera front, the smartphone is expected to boast a 21MP rear camera, while there will be an 8MP front-facing camera. There is a huge possibility that Microsoft will incorporate a dual camera setup for the Surface Phone.

It is certain that the smartphone will run the purest form of Windows 10 Mobile and is believed to run all desktop apps using the Continuum feature seen on the previously launched Lumia devices. According to PhoneArena, the device will be capable of emulating x86 apps on the ARM architecture in Continuum mode, which is a forthcoming feature on Windows 10 slated for late 2017.

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According to rumours the Surface Phone will have a fingerprint sensor underneath the display, a feature that other tech giants such as Apple and Samsung are trying to bring to their smartphones. There are also talks of a built-in projector for the Surface Phone, which can project the desktop display on a flat surface and will also feature a keyboard and a stylus for productivity.

Launch date of the flagship

The Surface Phone is rumoured to be unveiled in late 2017. Microsoft is said to be working with electronics manufacturer Pegatron to initiate the trial production of the smartphone, with the launch slated for sometime this year. However, there are rumors that the phone might get delayed to an early 2018 release.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in November 2016 said that the company doesn't want to compete with industry giants with "me-too" smartphone, but focus on an "ultimate" smartphone instead, indicating that the production may take more time than expected.