Microsoft's Surface phone could feature a fingerprint sensor

Microsoft's rumoured Surface phone may feature a fingerprint sensor unlike Lumia 950 and 950 XL phones which the phone may replace as Microsoft's next flagship device.

Surface phone could be Microsoft's sole chance at clawing back into the smartphone market after its Lumia handsets flopped.

Microsoft Surface Phone: All you need to know

A recent patent filing by Microsoft indicated a new fingerprint sensor with a transparent screen which can be placed inside not only Surface laptops, but also much thinner devices which include smartphones. With Microsoft virtually ruling out developing any more Windows 10 phones in the near future, the much-talked-about Surface phone seems to be an ideal candidate to feature the new fingerprint sensor.

Back in March, Terry Myerson, the Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft, said that Windows isn't the right platform to generate developer interest, at least in the current year. “We’re going to do some cool things with phones, but this year phones are an important part of our family but not the tip of the spear,” he added. His statement coincided with reports on Microsoft apparently out-sourcing its phone-making business to the Surface team which churned out popular hybrid tablets and laptops like the Surface Book and the Surface Pro 4.

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Apart from the fingerprint sensor, what we know about the Surface phone is that it was tipped to launch with Intel's x86 Atom processors to enable it to run Win32 applications which Lumia 950 and 950 XL cannot. However, such hopes were dashed when it turned out that Intel stopped producing its Atom line of processors citing irrecoverable losses. It is not clear if the Surface team has instead opted for Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors or Intel's other chips.

While Lumia 950 and 950 XL fans were disappointed to find out that the phones did not feature premium metal and glass bodies, it is unlikely that the Surface phone will feature them too. As per Windows Central, Surface phone may not be an all-metal phone, so it is possible that we may be looking at a plastic or a composite material body here. The website also reported back in October of last year that a prototype of the Surface phone is currently under testing in Surface' labs in Redmond.

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