Microsoft Surface
Panos Panay, Corporate Vice President for Surface Computing demonstrates the new Microsoft Surface Studio computer at a live event in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S.,October 26, 2016. Reuters/Lucas Jackson

The Microsoft Surface Phone is one of the most-anticipated devices of 2017 and tech experts believe that the device will be unveiled very soon. As per hundreds of reports on the device, the Surface Phone will boast excellent features and specs. Fresh reports claim that the handset will be released as a phablet though the screen size may be similar to the Lumia XL device. Microsoft hasn’t revealed any information on the device though it is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2017, possibly in March.

According to Tech Times, fans can expect a bigger display in Microsoft Surface Phone like a 5.5-inch HD Display with a screen resolution of 1,440 x 2,560 pixels. The handset may be powered by a Snapdragon 835 chipset and 6GB RAM though many are of the opinion that the Surface Phone will be available in two variants, one with a 4GB RAM and the other 6GB. The device will likely support Quick Charge 4.0.

Rumours suggest that the Microsoft Surface Phone will be made available in three variants. One, with an 8GB RAM and 500GB internal storage, two, a mid-range set with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage and the third with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. As Microsoft has not divulged handset specifics, it is very difficult to say what exactly it is aiming for. Surface accessories will be compatible with the phone due to the Continuum mode.

It is unknown if the Microsoft Surface Phone will have a 3.5mm headphone jack. The phablet may also sport a 21MP primary camera and 8MP selfie snapper. A stylus and a keyboard cover are also expected. The Surface Phone will likely run on Windows 10 Redstone 3 operating system. There is no information on the price yet.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has reportedly filed for a patent that will make future Surface Phones foldable as they will come with a flexible hinge structure, reports The Verge. Samsung and LG are already making foldable phones and they may even be released this year. Hence, it is quite possible that Microsoft will also release a foldable Surface Phone to stay in the competition.