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Microsoft’s Panos Panay Confirms Surface Phone is Real

Panay said the much-rumored Surface Phone is his “baby” but warned no firm plans are in place for launching such a device.


Earlier this week, took to the stage in New York City and revealed three new Surface devices. While the Surface chief announced the Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Studio 2, there was no sign of the . Panay recently spoke to The Verge about the elusive smartphone.

Here's the thing with the Surface Phone, a device I have been dismissive about. It has been rumored for so long that it is almost mythical. Earlier this year, there was a flurry of leaks pointing to working on a folding smartphone powered by its OS.

However, those leaks died when the company seemingly decided to make Andromeda something more unoriginal. The OS will instead be used in a laptop or PC device. This week's event apparently showed that the Surface Phone is but a rumor.

But wait, because Panay thinks otherwise. In the interview, the Microsoft executive said about the Surface Phone, “it's absolutely my baby”. What's interesting about this is Microsoft has never outright confirmed it is working on the Surface Phone.

So, this is hugely important because not only is this a confirmation, but it comes from the head of the Surface division. Of course, it should be said that Panay does not discuss what level of development the device is at.

“We will invent and we will create when products are right. We can't bring new categories into the world and not be a place where customers need it,” he stated. “I think there's a lot of new form factors that are coming in the future.”

New Windows Mobile Experience

In the meantime, users are left without a native mobile experience from Microsoft. Sure, the company still supports Mobile, but does not release new features. Furthermore, no new Windows Phone devices are hitting the market.

If the Surface Phone ever launches, it is reasonable to assume Microsoft will roll out a new mobile operating system at the same time.

Last Updated on April 9, 2020 12:09 pm CEST

SourceThe Verge
Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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