The RT edition of the Microsoft Surface is, after a substantial wait, just about to release to market, but instead of marveling over the Redmond company’s first entry into the lucrative field of the tablet, it’s only right we begin focusing on what Microsoft is planning to treat us to in the near future.
The lead up to a new product, it seems, is like a lion’s chase of a wild boar or zebra, but instead of tucking into the meal which has taken months and months to hound down, it’s as though the blogosphere has already achieved its objective in revealing all of the details, and simply stalks out another product to chase. That’s certainly the case this morning as images from Microsoft’s site reveal a slick-looking device we suspect could eventually bear fruit as the "Surface Phone."
The Windows maker may have close ties with Nokia ensuring a couple of high-end smartphones ready for consumers on the launch of Windows Phone 8 in the Lumia 920 and 820, but that’s not to say Steve Ballmer’s company doesn’t have plans to release its very own branded handset at some point. An eventual accompaniment to the Surface, it’s a product imagined as packing all kinds of features and specifications, and judging by the images, it may just offer a strikingly similar form factor to the Windows 8 slate.
Of course, Microsoft is fully aware of how much attention it is currently drawing in light of next week’s events, so it’s more than possible the Surface "hero" has simply been thrown out there to keep everybody talking about the company in general. Still, if the snap of the device is an indicator of the direction Microsoft plans to go with its smartphone roster, we’d have to count ourselves as fans of the aesthetics.
The Samsung Galaxy S III and iPhone 5 offer a smooth, rounded look, but the sharp corners and squared look is also very easy on the eye.
Aside from the face-value assessment, what features do you see Microsoft implementing with its first Windows Phone 8 smartphone? LTE would seem a given feature, but NFC, expandable memory, processor speed and RAM are harder to predict. Whatever the case, devices seem to work better when one company oversees the hardware and software aspect of design, so we’ll be keeping a close eye out for any clues we can pick up, and will of course update you accordingly.