The recurring Microsoft Surface smartphone rumours appear to have died a death for the time being, and in their place we’re told to expect a Microsoft Surface smartwatch.
Said device is thought to embrace an array of interesting features, including a little something called “translucent aluminium”.
That’s the story according to The Verge, which in turn credits “sources familiar with Microsoft's Surface plans”.
The Microsoft Surface smartwatch is tipped to rock a 1.5in display (stop me if that sounds familiar), with a variety of removable wristbands in blue, red, yellow, black, white, and grey.
As for that “translucent aluminium” housing, it’s said to be three times harder than plain old glass.
By the sounds of it, several Microsoft Surface smartwatch prototypes are under consideration, with some rocking 6GB internal storage (with a reliance on cloud support for expansion) and LTE compatibility.
As for the Microsoft Surface smartwatch's operating system, it'll be some variant of Windows 8 with the tiles and what have you.
A recent organisational change brought the Xbox and Surface teams together under foxy corporate mom Julie Larson-Green (who’s tipped to overthrow Ballmer at some point, incidentally), and it’s those guys beavering away on the Microsoft Surface smartwatch.