Microsoft Surface Phone Could Rock Integrated Projector And Surface Pen Support

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It looks as though Microsoft isn’t going down without a fight against smartphone industry stalwarts like Google and Apple. Google has upwards of 75 percent of the smartphone OS market with Android, and iOS has gobbled up most of the remaining share. Microsoft, by all accounts, has less than 1 percent of the smartphone OS market.

However, it would seem that the long-rumored Surface Phone is still “in play” according to Twitter-based leaker WalkingCat. Information was gleaned from an official video posted by Microsoft to a Chinese video-sharing service. According to the report, the smartphone is being developed in two versions: Surface Peking and Surface Slavonia.

The leaked info also points to an unnamed Snapdragon processor. We wouldn’t put it past Microsoft to try adopting a mid-range processor like the newly announced Snapdragon 660, although if the company is hoping to be serious about smartphone hardware, we would hope that this it has a Snapdragon 835.

There are also two rather interesting rumored specs for the Surface Phone. One is support for the Surface Pen, which harkens back to the “good old days” of Windows Phone Mobile. This would integrate wonderfully with OneNote, and we’d imagine that this Surface Pen specifically designed for the phone, which means that it would likely have its own silo when not in use.

The other rather peculiar feature is the appearance of an onboard projection system that would allow you to project the smartphone’s display onto a surface, working in conjunction with Windows Continuum. This would allow you to simply bring along a mouse/keyboard and work in a full desktop environment without the need for a standalone monitor. The projection feature comes with the stipulation that it will drain the smartphone’s battery completely in just one hour.

All of this sounds like exciting stuff, and plays into comments by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella last month about any reentry into the smartphone market. “So, in a sense, when you say ‘Will we make more phones?’, I'm sure we will make more phones, but they will not look like phones that are there today.”