[UPDATE 29.12.2016 – 19:57 CET] The allegedly leaked Surface Phone images seem to be fake and just well done mock ups. As phoneArena points out, the shown Carl Zeiss brand was abandoned some years ago. The company switched from Carl Zeiss to ZEISS in 2013 and then decided “to use only ZEISS on the front ring of lenses for all future product families and not, as has been the case [before], the name of the company Carl Zeiss.”
If you own an older Nokia such as the Lumia 1520, you will already find the changed ZEISS branding in place. So, we will need to wait a little longer to see a real Surface Phone. But the phone on those pictures was quite fat anyways, as people on Twitter correctly pointed out…
Looks fake. If not, it's horribly thick. That's an eighth of a Surface!
— ᴄʜʀɪs ᴠ2.0.21 (@drofidnas) December 29, 2016
[29.12.2016 – 17:16 CET] Lovers of Microsoft mobile devices are in for an early New Year treat as images of a presumed Surface Phone have leaked online. The pictures suggest that the launch of Microsoft’s flagship model could happen in the next few months.
The alleged Surface Phone leak comes from NPU, which has correctly reported some other leaks in the past. But you should take them with a grain of salt, as even they say that “it is difficult to vouch for authenticity of these images.”
According to the leaked photos, the Surface Phone will have the Microsoft branding at the top, with back, home, and search buttons at the bottom. Furthermore, Microsoft’s logo is featured on the back, along with the Surface Phone name.
Back part of the device also sports a circular PureView camera module, with holes for the speaker above it. It appears the camera will have Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with a LED flash. Overall, the phone looks a lot like a more elegant version of previous Lumia phones.
Surface Phone Leak or Persistent rumors?
The latest leaked images are a part of an ongoing cycle of persistent rumors regarding the Surface Phone. As we reported earlier, the prototype is rumored to have a 5.5″ QHD display, up to 6GB of RAM, the Snapdragon 835 and Quick Charge 4.0, running Windows 10 Redstone 3.
Apparently, Microsoft is testing two RAM sizes with this, 6 GB and 4 GB. This is dependent on the system architecture, with one 64-bit model that is able to run x86 apps and the other not. Some weeks ago, Microsoft has shown off a fully functional ARM version of Windows 10 and demoed it with desktop versions of Adobe Photoshop, the 3D game World of Tanks Blitz and Microsoft Office.
However, x86 apps are apparently solely exclusive to Continuum for now. You can install them on the phone, but won’t be able to run them in other modes. There is also support for the Quick Charge 4.0 which might be combined with wireless charging.
Pegatron, the maker of Microsoft’s Surface Studio, has been before rumored to soon begin tiral production the Surface Phone. As a result, many are speculating about a late 2017 release for the device.
Still, it’s worth pointing out that Microsoft is yet to confirm the Surface Phone in any way. This seems to have no impact on the ongoing flow of rumors about the device.
Microsoft wants to offer “the ultimate mobile device.” Thus, if the rumored information is correct, the Redmond giant might have a game-changer in its hands.