Microsoft Surface Phone Will Not be Released This Year but Not Canceled at All, Says Panos Panay

Daphne Planca
1:42 PM

The foldable Surface Phone from the software tech giant Microsoft has been rumored for a very long time now. Many people want to lay their hands on the successor of the discontinued Lumia product line. It seems that it is too late to change the situation.

According to Wccftech, Microsoft’s chief Panos Panay of the Surface devices group has finally mentioned the foldable phone for the very first time publicly. In a podcast, he talked about the direction in which the company is going that will not please the awaiting avid fans. Unfortunately, the company’s future plans do not include the phone.

The company has no plans in store for the smartphone, which is expected to compete against the Apple iPhone or the Samsung Galaxy lineups. Panay confirmed that the company is working on new form factors. These form factors will adapt according to the user’s needs and its capability to switch from a pen to a keyboard.

The phone form factor changes making it into a communication-centric computing machine instead of the traditional smartphones we see right now in the market. The way people communicate will be improved. This is in agreement with the previous reports suggesting that the device will have telephony capabilities.

There is a possibility that the Surface Phone will not replace the current smartphones. It is believed to produce a new category of devices with phone capabilities. This could be the reason that the company canceled the foldable phone particularly to make it perfect for the future launch.

To recall, Panay teased this phone last month. Other recent reports claim that the release date for the foldable phone was pushed back from the potential 2018 launch to next year. This delay is most probably to include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 SoC processor. This is expected to be faster and offers a 30 percent boost in the performance compared to the Snapdragon 835 processor.

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