The Windows 10 Mobile rumour mill has been churning out rumours of the Surface Phone and Microsoft’s next voyage into mobile waters since the past week. Now, an accidental upload from what appears to be a Microsoft-related social channel (Caveat of Google translate here) may have leaked what appears to be the Surface Mobile, a device which is reportedly Microsoft’s next foray into mobile.
The now deleted translated text reads (predictably garbled by Google translate):
This is not just a handheld terminal. Based on the Qualcomm®Snapdragon ™ mobile platform, the perfect balance of performance and power consumption, and the added power to increase productivity; the new “ONTO TABLE” projection Continuum function, sustainable for more than an hour of desktop work; 185 degrees, providing a comfortable experience; equipped with exclusive Surface Pen, a key to call out OneNote, easy notes into. The new Surface peking and Surface Slavonia, not only a handheld terminal, it is a portable work platform.
The text repeatedly refers to the Surface Mobile as more than just a “mobile terminal” (I’m assuming they mean smartphone here), and makes reference to Qualcomm as the SoC maker and Continuum. When coupled with rumours that Microsoft is intent on revamping its mobile line with a new handset, Cshell and more, this looks plausible. The timing, location, and the fact that it also looks like a Windows phone fan’s fever dream make it suspect when it comes to reliability, but that doesn’t preclude it from being real, or otherwise. If we had to, we’d give it a 4/10 on our retired rumour meter.
Of course, Microsoft has yet to demonstrate that such a product works, works well, and is desirable to consumers. We’ll leave that story for them to tell should they decide to release this, or a product similar to this.