Microsoft Surface Phone surfaces

The Surface Pro 4 has been highly criticized for its poor battery life

In addition, the Microsoft Surface Phone is likely to support Quick Charge 4.0 -- aside from packing Qualcomm's all-powerful Snapdragon 835 processor, which is also rumored to power the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone, according to Nokia Power User.

Rumors pertaining to the Windows 10 Mobile-powered Surface Phone have been creating quite a bit of stir online in the past few months.

This is because one of the prototypes has 4GB RAM, Snapdragon 835 processor, 64-bit Windows 10 Mobile version but can not run X86 apps in Continuum.

The report reveals that the 6 GB variant will supposedly be able to run X86 apps through Continuum. The Microsoft Surface Phone could come with a 5.5-inch QHD Display. The only hints we received were from Microsoft's Satya Nadella which teased the device in an interview with the Australian Financial. If this rumor is true, we are looking at the first Windows smartphone capable of running PC-based x86 apps.

Though he did not mention the Surface Phone or any specific gadget they are coming up with, the Microsoft CEO stated that he is confident of the company's goal to bring in an innovative cloud computing would be successful. Microsoft has allegedly codenamed the impending handset the Panos Phone and the device could possibly replace the company's Lumia lineup, which reports suggest may be phased out.

Given Microsoft's roadmap for the Redstone 3, update to Windows 10 will place more focus on mobile development and this update is scheduled for the second half of 2017, it makes sense to hold back the "ultimate" mobile hardware until the moment when the OS is more focused on the mobile experience. The Surface Phone could potentially have a stylus pen and a keyboard cover like the Surface Pro tablet.

Then, if you're trying to update a paid application that's already installed on your Windows 10 device, an account is once again needed. That's probably cold comfort to Windows fans that wanted a Surface Phone in Q1 of 2017 though.

Considering that this device isn't expected to come out for about another year, there's a chance that the specs featured by the prototypes may still be tweaked.

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