Microsoft Teases New Mobile Phone Very Different From Current Offerings

Posted: May 8 2017, 5:58am CDT | by , in Rumors | Technology News

Microsoft Teases New Mobile Phone Very Different From Current Offerings

New smartphone might look like the Hololens

Microsoft is a very distant third place in the mobile phone OS realm with Windows phones behind Android and iOS. There are some Windows Phones out there, but for the most part people are far from impressed by the devices. Microsoft isn't ready to give up on the mobile market though. Forbes reports that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated a while back that this year the tech world would see Microsoft launch the ultimate mobile device. The CEO stated, "We will continue to be in the phone market not as defined by today’s market leaders, but by what it is that we can uniquely do in what is the most ultimate mobile device."

More recently Nadella said, "...When you say we’ll make more phones, I’m sure we’ll make more phones, but they will not look like phones that are there today." Taken together it is clear that Microsoft plans to launch a smartphone this year that the company sees as very different that what is on the market already.

Microsoft has been very successful in making tablets with its Surface line that has wooed high-end buyers away from the once dominant iPad tablets from Apple. If Microsoft could do this with a Surface phone, the mobile realm might look very different in the future. Forbes speculates that Microsoft might have something up its sleeves that looks like the Hololens but is more of a smartphone. That Hololens wearable computer can make calls already as well as access the internet.

Launching a phone that is not a phone, but is a wearable designed to work like a phone might be quite the upset in the mobile realm. Word is that Microsoft has an event set for May 23, but a Windows 10 smartphone isn't expected to be on the plan for the event. However, the fancy new Windows 10 smartphone is expected to land by the end of 2017.

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