Surface Phone to Run on Snapdragon 850?

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Microsoft may have thrown Windows 10 Mobile under the bus but it seems that they’re working on a slightly different angle to Mobile computing, and that perhaps  is called Windows 10 on ARM.


After a rough start, Windows 10 on ARM is what Microsoft thinks is the future of mobile computing. Microsoft and Qualcomm are working on a new batch of Snapdragon 850 devices which includes a Surface Phone a report suggest.

At least that’s what states in one of their articles. The site has been able to get its hands on several pieces of information that suggests the second half of the year will be interesting for Microsoft fans.

Perhaps Microsoft won’t be the direct manufacturer of the Surface Phone, but OEM Partners like Dell will manufacture the device. Dell hasn’t exactly been big on Microsoft’s mobile platform so its involvement in the Surface Phone is a bit of a surprise.

The smartphone, code-named “Januss”, is probably running the “Andromeda” version of Windows and is rumoured to have three screens. That is, a foldable dual screen inside and a third screen outside to make the device still usable even when folded.

We don’t have any reports about the form factor of Dell ‘Januss’ but we’re sure it’s running on Snapdragon 850. This is the first time we’ve heard of a mid-year refresh and it’s not exactly a new chip anyway. It’s pretty much the Snapdragon 845, except clocked higher to almost 3.0 GHz. According to sources, new Windows 10 on ARM devices from HP, Lenovo, ASUS, and yes Dell, will be coming in the latter part of 2018.

This will probably raise a lot of questions. What do you think about the Surface Phone? Let us know in the comments below.