Microsoft Surface Phone updates: Specs, features, release date rumors roundup

A couple of years ago, Microsoft bought Nokia that gave birth to the Lumia lineup and since then, several rumors about the tech company's plan of releasing a Surface Phone have popped up. Word also has it that this phone may be released sometime this year.

A series of unconfirmed reports have contributed to the hype of the Microsoft Surface phone. According to PC Tablet, the Surface Phone will be designed specifically for industrial use and will be comparable to the Surface Pro 4 tablet and the Surface Book. Sources also revealed that Intel plays a big part in this particular project.

Several reports suggest that the new Surface Phone will be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Spain this month. At the same event, the company is expected to unveil two new Lumia brands, but it won't be all good news for Lumia because a new Surface Phone would presumably get all the attention.

Meanwhile, the rumored specs for the Surface Phone include a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. The device will reportedly run on an Intel Atom x3 processor with 4 GB RAM and 64 or 128 GB storage options. The main camera is rumored to have a resolution of 21 megapixels, while the selfie snapper is said to be at eight megapixels.

The Surface Phone is also expected to run on Windows 10 Mobile, just like the operating system (OS) in premium Lumia handsets. Microsoft's rumored flagship is said to have an OS that works compatibly with different devices including laptops and tablets. Multiple reports have also mentioned that the Surface Phone will have a unique design — a mix of aluminum and magnesium exterior.

While no confirmation directly comes from the company, rumors suggest that the device will be released in the second half of 2016.

The rumors just keep coming; people will just have to wait for further announcements from Microsoft. If the rumors about the Surface Phone are true, would consumers be willing to ditch their iOS- and Android-based devices to make the switch to Microsoft?