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    November 29, 2016

    Micorsoft’s Surface Phone has reportedly entered production trials

    Surface Phone could have a fingerprint scanner in its display

    New reports indicate that Microsoft’s long-awaited Surface Phone has entered production trials with Pegatron, indicating that we might see a retail device soon.

    As Microsoft’s Windows Mobile initiative loses its foothold in the market – having slid to just 1% of the mobile market this year – many of us look eagerly towards the reveal of the company’s ‘Surface Phone’ – a near-mythical device that would, according to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, be the “the ultimate mobile device”.

    A new report, however, has given a new window of hope for Windows Mobile lovers; the Commercial Times of Taiwan cites that Taiwanese manufacturer Pegatron has begun procuring production trials on a Surface Phone.

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    Pegatron is already responsible for manufacturing some of the iPhone models that hit store shelves year after year, though that relationship might change if US President-Elect Donald Trump has his way.

    Pegatron is further responsible for manufacturing Microsoft’s expensive new Surface Studio, adding fuel to the fire that the company could be working with Microsoft to bring a Surface Phone to the masses.

    Reports peg that the Surface Phone will debut at some point in 2017, where the device will arrive sporting a new Snapdragon 835 SoC as well as a fingerprint scanner that will be embedded into its display.

    Similarly to HP’s Elite X3, the device would reportedly run Universal Windows Apps in Continuum and would close the gap between mobile, tablet, and desktop devices.

    Read: Get a glimpse of Moonraker, the smartwatch concept Microsoft killed

    What are your thoughts? Are you eager to see a Surface Phone out in the wild? Which existing Lumia device would you like to see it most closely resemble? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!

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