Microsoft Surface Phone - Final Nail In Nokia's Coffin ?
Microsoft look set to launch a Microsoft Surface Phone running on the Windows Phone platform, but what would it mean for Nokia's Lumia range ?
Back in November we brought you rumours that Microsoft were going to launch their own smartphone running on the companies own Windows Phone 8 platform. Rumours about the Microsoft Surface Phone have now re-surfaced giving more credence to the smartphones existence.
Microsoft have already shown their interest in the hardware market with the launch of their Microsoft Surface tablet range. While, the Windows Phone 8 operating system is an established smartphone platform , therefore it wouldn't prove too difficult for Microsoft to launch a Microsoft Surface Phone.
Microsoft Surface Phone - What do we know so far ?
Very little is known about Microsoft's Surface Phone , but we presume its being developed running Windows Phone 8. However, by the time it launches it's possible it could run on a new unreleased version of Microsoft's operating system.
Previously, we heard that the smartphone would be produced by Foxconn who currently manufacturer Apple's iPhone range. We presume that Microsoft's Surface Phone would be orientated towards business users , although they are likely to launch a number of different models.
We have no idea at all what to expect when it comes to specification. However, it's likely to be competitive with modern smartphones and we wouldn't be surprised to see Microsoft to use an Intel chip in the mobile.
As soon as 3G hear more about the launch of the Microsoft Surface Phone we'll let you know !
What would the launch of Microsoft's Surface Phone mean for Nokia?
Nokia embraced Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 platform fully by making the only OS they use on their Lumia range. The two companies have worked together closely on the smartphones which have started to sell well in recent times.
Nokia are concerned that the launch of the a Surface Phone would impact negatively on their Lumia range. They are worried that Microsoft would focus more on their own devices and less on third-party smartphones running the Windows Phone 8 platform.
Things are exacerbated by Nokia's precarious position with the company losing a huge amount of their market value over the last couple of years. They've gambled everything on the Windows Phone platform and it's possible their whole future lies in the success of the Lumia range which could be significantly lowered by the launch of the Microsoft Surface.
On the positive side Google have still provided excellent Android support even after launching their on Nexus smartphones. Therefore, we don't see why Microsoft shouldn't do the same and in our opinion they owe Nokia that much.
By Simon Thomas on 11th March, 2013