We’re straight into the salt this morning, with a questionable – but not entirely new, to be fair – rumour out of China.
According to said rumour, Microsoft is set to follow up its imminent Surface tablet with a Windows Phone 8-based Surface smartphone, in the first half of 2013AD. Hmm.
That’s the story reported by China Times, who believe Microsoft has been working on a Surface smartphone for four months.
Just over three months ago, Noruma’s Rick Sherlund bawled: “Our industry sources tell us that Microsoft may be working with a contract manufacturer to develop their own handset for Windows Phone 8.”
However, Microsoft quickly quashed the rumour. When asked if M$ had plans for a Surface smartphone, marketing guy Greg Sullivan said bluntly: “no we do not,” adding: “We have a strong ecosystem of partners that we are very satisfied with.”
In reality, Greg’s “strong ecosystem” remains very much focused around Nokia, with token nods by Samsung and HTC. Oh, and ZTE. We can’t see a Microsoft Surface smartphone going down well with those guys.
Of course, there’s the Surface tablet, though Microsoft admitted: “our Surface devices will compete with products made by our OEM partners, which may affect their commitment to our platform.”
Finally, more recently, a device bearing the name “Microsoft Surface Phone” popped up in WP Bench, but we remain very much salt-mouthed.
via: Unwired View