Surface "Mobile" Prediction Thread


I think that it would be good to have a thread dedicated to what we think what the Surface “Phone/Mobile” could be. Let’s guess (since why not)!

I’ve been thinking about this for a while and I have tweeted this thought of mine to Paul, Brad, and Mary Jo a long time ago. Like the Surface Studio, Dial, and HoloLens, I think Microsoft has shown us the Surface “Mobile/Phone” in their “Future” videos.

In Microsoft’s Concept: Future 2020, you can see at 2:05 a man holding a phone (albeit smaller than what I think it would be) with two screens connected together. That phone can also disconnect the other screen and still operate.

Surface Mobile

Microsoft also has a patent that is very similar to this, it’s about connecting two surfaces together.

Here’s one picture of it:

Surface Mobile Patent?

There are other pictures describing what we see in the video. Obviously Microsoft makes a bunch of patents for stuff. I just found this peculiar. The main reason for this is Continuum. It would be possible to have this effect through wireless Continuum, and “wired” Continuum. Having 2 screens in one device. The other screen could act as a cover but also continue the experience of using a phone.

Yes, this is similar to courier. I bring that up because I do think that just like all other surface products, Surface Mobile will use pen, hence all the updates to Windows Ink. The Surface Mobile becomes your little notebook to take notes in, a phone cover (just like Type Cover), can have one hand taking a phone call while still interacting with the phone because of the second detachable screen, and best of all can become a full PC. Continuum allows the “second screen” experience that no other phone OS can do. I believe that this is what Satya was talking about Continuum being that differentiator. Just becoming another Windows 10 Mobile phone that can be a decent PC isn’t enough, differentiation is what the Surface brand is about.

This is what I think what Surface Mobile will be. What do you think about what I said and what are your predictions of what Surface Mobile will be?


Comments (9)

9 responses to “Surface "Mobile" Prediction Thread”

  1. 5767

    My question for you or any other 'Surface Mobile' proponents is how are you going to convince developers(the good ones) to makes UWP apps?

  2. 5767

    I'm only interested in UWP has it pertains to consumers. Microsoft has no narrative there.

    • 1829

      In reply to MutualCore:

      Ok, well if that is your only use out of this discussion, then it may not be for you as Microsoft isn't going for the consumer at first. It's playing a very long game in order to get into the smartphone market and it's also trying to be the platform for the next emerging market (iot, mixed reality) for consumers. The phone as you know it, Microsoft isn't going to target that market. The phone market is a long way off for MS, and I predict they won't have a "Surface Mobile/Phone" until sometime in 2018.

      The only market that is going to start using UWP is gaming. Game developers will start using UWP for building their Xbox games (and by default for PC...if they choose) once the XDK is deprecated. It will start there, then grow to other areas if the market is attracted to it.

    • 5496

      In reply to MutualCore:

      Enough with your anti UWP rants. 

      If you have full Windows on ARM, making the apps UWP wouldn't even matter then. Cause the regular Windows 10 store apps should then scale to the screen.