Microsoft has admittedly taken its eye off Windows 10 Mobile and smartphone development for a while now even though some manufacturers continue to market their Windows phones aggressively. HP recently came up with a jaw-dropping Elite X3 phablet for corporate users and given that there are quite a few takers for it, it could turn out to be the only successful phone featuring Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile OS.
Microsoft's Surface phone could feature a fingerprint sensor
Earlier this year, some reports claimed that Microsoft has out-sourced 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. The news was followed by an incredible amount of leaks and claims about an upcoming Surface Phone which is slated to run Intel x86 Atom processors which will enable the phone to run Win32 applications.
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Dell's Windows Phone Shows An Intel Future That Hasn’t Arrived - https://t.co/T5k1PymUYv pic.twitter.com/8eZ3G6Hez8
Late last week, Evan Blass, who is known to leak images and specs of upcoming devices with élan, published three images of a Windows phone bearing a Microsoft logo and featuring an extremely thin frame. A number of news sites have since speculated that it could be the upcoming Surface Phone that the Surface team is covertly working on. In his tweet, Blass mentioned that the phone will feature a 'laptop-class Intel processor' which quite coincides with earlier reports of the Surface phone running Intel's Atom processors. However, some websites have also termed it as a phone being designed and developed by Dell so we can't really say for sure if it is THE Surface Phone.
Microsoft Surface Phone: All you need to know
While Microsoft and their Surface team have been absolutely silent about the upcoming device, it seems that interest regarding the Surface Phone just refuses to die down. A number of keen eyes spotted a Microsoft patent in September which 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.
Earlier this year, Windows Central claimed that the 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 images leaked by Blass certainly indicate that the phone is made from some composite material as it isn't shiny enough like other all-metal phones, but we would like to see some more leaks and insider accounts on the new phone before making up our minds. Would you?