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Microsoft gives an enigmatic promise of what its Surface brand smartphone might be

An arist's conceptual render of what a Surface smartphone might look like. (Source: Nasir Aslam)
An arist's conceptual render of what a Surface smartphone might look like. (Source: Nasir Aslam)
Microsoft executives have made intriguing promises of what we should expect from the company's upcoming Surface branded smartphone device. More accurately, Microsoft has told us what not to expect from the device: anything but the ordinary.

The rumor mill surrounding the highly-anticipated Surface branded smartphone from Microsoft continues to turn as company executive Ryan Gavin said in a recent statement, “[the device] will not resemble what we know and think of as a phone today.” As more and more smartphones on the market continue to borrow design cues from each other, one cannot help feeling that the evolution of smartphones and smart-devices has begun to plateau. With this recent statement from Microsoft surrounding their enigmatic new device rumored to be in the works, the company is looking to redefine our conceptions of what has now become a technological centerpiece of our daily lives – the smartphone.

While previously reported patents filed by the company give probable insight into the device’s design direction, details are murky at best. If any of the recently released products in the Surface line are to be used as a base, surely the company has shown that it is open to straying from convention. Perhaps nothing embodies this more than the Surface Laptop: while many tech critics have questioned the necessity of such a device and where its target audience lies, Gavin was recorded stating, “our customers wanted it".

While remarks from Gavin regarding the Surface line of products – including the prospects for a new smartphone – could be nothing more than corporate sensationalism, the implication that Microsoft is looking for progressive ways of satisfying its customers’ demands should be cause for cautious optimism at the very least. However, time will tell if the company can deliver on its grandiose and nebulous promises.

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Sebastian Eifrid, 2017-06-17 (Update: 2017-06-18)
Sebastian Eifrid
Sebastian Eifrid - News Editor
I am a writer with a passion for foreign language. I dream of one day becoming a polyglot. When I'm not perusing through my ever-growing backlog of books, I can usually be found tinkering with PC hardware and other gadgets. I enjoy trying to get old hardware to run newer programs and experimenting with various operating systems.