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Apple iPhone 8 vs. Microsoft Surface Phone specs, price and release date: Which will win?

Year 2017 is expected to be big for the tech world and it is expected to be all about Apple iPhone 8 vs. Microsoft Surface Phone showdown as the two tech giants compete for supremacy in the smartphone market.

The Microsoft Surface Phone is a widely anticipated device which is expected to revolutionize the idea of smartphones. If it lives up to expectations, the Surface Phone would be a great contender against Apple's iPhone 8, also expected to arrive this year.

Apple is currently facing competition from Lenovo, Huawei, and other players but with the rumored Surface Phone, Microsoft will be its strongest competition. Microsoft has gained a following with the Surface Studio, Surface Pro, and Surface Book. Therefore, fans are excited about the Surface Phone.

Rumors about the specs, price and release date of the upcoming Apple iPhone 8, codenamed Ferrari, have started circulating online. It could feature an edgeless display, glass body with no physical button, and a curved screen to rival the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

It is also rumored to come with wireless battery charging support. Apple could also launch three iPhones with two 4.7-inch models with TFT-LCD screens and a 5.5-inch model with an OLED screen.

Apple is said to have designed the iPhone 8 with iris scanning technology and wireless charging. The iris authentication feature will allow iPhone 8 users to unlock the device or use Apple Pay by using their eyes.

The scanner technology was first seen in Fujitsu Arrows NXF-04G, and other companies such as LG, Samsung, Microsoft, and Vivo could soon use this technology on their top-of-the-line devices as well.

Coming to Microsoft Surface Phone specs, price and release date rumors, it is speculated that the Microsoft Surface Phone will be a phablet with a similar screen as Nokia's Lumia XL. Microsoft is said to be developing three Surface Phone variants with one targeting consumers while the other two targeting entrepreneurs and professionals.

It will likely come with a 5.5 to 6-inch HD display with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution. It is also possible that the Surface Phone will sport either a Snapdragon 835 or an Intel Kaby Lake processor, a USB port, liquid cooling tech, and an Active-Matrix Organic Light-emitting Diode display.

There are rumors that the basic version of the Microsoft Surface Phone 2017 will come with 4 GB of RAM while the premium model will feature 8 GB of RAM. A 3,000 mAh battery is likely to power the device with a 64 GB, 128 GB and 512 GB of internal storage. A 21 MP rear camera and 8 MP front snapper are also expected.

The Surface Phone would likely come with Windows software and an ARM processor. It is designed for tech enthusiasts and business purposes. There are rumors that the Microsoft Surface Phone 2017 would be able to run both Android and iOS apps on Windows 10 with minimal coding, also known as Bridge Solution.

In the end the Apple iPhone 8 vs. Microsoft Surface Phone outcome depends more or less upon what you are looking for in your smartphone.