For over a year now, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is being tipped to make a strong comeback in the smartphone world with the launch of its very first Surface-branded smartphone device. Although the company is yet to reveal any specifics regarding the release of its next flagship smartphone, recent rumors have helped determine the possibilities associated with such a popular smartphone offering.
During a recent interview, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella confirmed that the company intends to continue its contribution to the smartphone world. Despite its recent struggles with its Windows Phone platform, Mr. Nadella confirmed that Microsoft’s next flagship smartphone device could have all the makings of a device which could make rival companies stand up and take much notice. Also, the CEO hinted that the next flagship smartphone could incorporate significant difference to how we all look at and use a smartphone device.
Microsoft’s Surface devices, especially its Surface Pro range has generated its popularity and success through its popular 2-In-1 design, allowing the device to be used as a tablet or a laptop and vice-versa. Hence, there is ongoing speculation that a similar 2-in-1 design could be introduced on the Redmond giant’s upcoming Surface-branded smartphone as well. Recent rumors have speculated that such a desirable 2-in-1 design on the Surface Phone could allow users to fold out the next smartphone into a tablet. Similarly, the 2-in-1 concept would allow users to fold the device back to its starting position, effectively offering users the best of both worlds.
Microsoft is yet to mention any release date for its next flagship smartphone offering. However, that has not prevented speculation from predicting when the device could hit the market. As things stand, any Surface-branded smartphone is not expected to make an appearance in the smartphone world before late 2017 or early 2018.
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