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Surface Phone Trial Production Begins

Surface Phone Trial Production Begins
The long-rumored Microsoft Surface Phone could be headed for a 2017 launch, according to a report.

(CCM) — Microsoft's long-rumored Surface Phone is already in trial production and could be ready to hit the market as early as next year, according to a Tech Times report. The trial units are being made by Pegatron, a Taiwanese manufacturer that also makes Apple products, according to an article in Chinese financial publication Commercial Times that is quoted in the report. The phone is expected to complement Microsoft's Surface Book tablet product line and may be a high-end product aimed at business users. The Surface Phone may also be able to make use of Microsoft's Continuum software, which allows users to connect the device to a large screen and keyboard and use it as a Windows 10 PC.

Microsoft's attempts to make significant inroads into the consumer market with the Windows Phone have been an utter failure, with the operating system now accounting for less than 1% of the global smartphone market, according to research from Gartner. But in a recent interview, Satya Nadella, Microsoft's chief executive, hinted that the company plans to offer something different from consumer market leaders like Samsung and Apple. "We will continue to be in the phone market not as defined by today's market leaders, but by what it is that we can uniquely do," he told the Australian Financial Review.

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