Microsoft Planning Own Smartphone; Tech World Doesn’t Think it is Wise

October 12, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Microsoft is going through a very special stage at this point in time and to revamp their total outlook, they are planning to launch their own smartphone powered by Windows 8.

According to various sources, the phone is in the late stages of development, but it won’t be released during the first round of Windows Phone 8 devices coming later this month.

Further details about hardware specs and a release schedule have not been reported, but when compared to current WP8 hardware it’s something unique.

Nokia chief Stephen Elop told that he has seen no evidence of Redmond’s plan to launch its own phone. He also said that Microsoft, like Nokia, is having trouble competing with devices like Apple’s iPhone 5 and Samsung’s Galaxy S III.

Nokia made a major commitment to Windows Phone last year, and will roll out its newest Windows Phone 8-based Lumia 920 and 820 smartphones later this year on AT&T.

If there is one, Microsoft’s phone will launch under the “Surface” brand name. Microsoft reportedly have hidden from its PC partners with the news of its Windows 8 Surface tablet, announced in June, so speculation that the company is secretly developing its own smartphone might not be that farfetched.

While nothing has been confirmed, the idea of a Microsoft designed smartphone to sit alongside a Microsoft designed tablet (the Surface and Surface RT) has many advantages.

Any Microsoft ‘Nexus-like’ Surface device would demonstrate a clear base-line of what Microsoft expects a Windows Phone 8 device to do, just as the Surface RT tablet will define the Windows 8 tablet experience.

Microsoft is no stranger to hardware. The Xbox console is the obvious example and if they pull it together, the whole smartphone thing, they will pose a serious competition to the Android devices.

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