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Microsoft Surface Phone release date, specs, design, price, latest news and updates: Here's what we know so far

Microsoft Surface Phone is one of the most highly anticipated devices in the tech world these days with people talking about its expected release date, specs, design, price and what not.

Reports suggest that the purported Surface Phone would be a Windows-10 device aimed at business and corporate users. It would be better than all of previous Microsoft Windows phone.

According to various reports, Microsoft would offer three different models of the Surface Phone. There might be a consumer model, a business model, and an enthusiast edition.

The Surface Phone could pose a tough challenge for Apple’s iPhones which for now face a strong competition from Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel and Chinese manufacturers. Apple is reportedly working on the iPhone 8 for 2017. Many analyst believe that the iPhone 8 would be a hit device for Apple, which is worried about declining iPhone sales.

As far as the rumored Microsoft Surface Phone is concerned, there are different views about the phone’s release date. But one thing that we are sure of is that Microsoft has been working on a Windows phone.

Last year, the company’s CEO Satya Nadella told shareholders that Microsoft has not abandoned mobile phone, but it is looking “at different forms and functions for mobile devices.” In November 2016, the CEO told the Australia Financial Review that the company is building the “ultimate mobile device.”

As far as the launch date is concerned, we expect the Surface Phone to launch in the second half of 2017. Microsoft might unveil the device soon after the launch of the iPhone 8. Some reports suggest that the Surface Phone will not arrive until the first quarter of 2018.

We expect that Microsoft would announce the information about the Surface Phone in June.

Coming to Surface Phone specs, design and features, reports says it would feature a ClearBlack AMOLED display and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with up to 6 GB random access memory.

According to rumors, the Surface Phone would support Win32 apps. It is said to come with a stylish pen and a keyboard to enhance productivity.

The Surface Phone might get a 20 megapixel (MP) rear camera with a Carl Zeiss lens. It would have an 8 MP front camera for taking selfies and making Skype calls.

Microsoft filed a patent about a fingerprint built into the screen. We expect that unique fingerprint to feature in the Surface Phone.

Microsoft is not planning to remove the headphone jack from its future phones. So, the Surface Phone is expected to feature a 3.5mm audio jack, as well as a Type-C USB port at the bottom.

As far as the price is concerned, the Surface Phone is likely to be an expensive device. According to the unofficial reports, the lower-end model would start at $699, while the higher-end version would be offered at $1100.