Microsoft Surface
Journalists look at examples of the new Microsoft Surface Studio computer at an event in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S.,October 26, 2016. Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Microsoft will launch the Surface Phone sometime in 2017 but it may not be during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) from Feb. 27 to March 2. However, tech enthusiasts and fans should not be disappointed as the MWC 2017 will be a key event in the build up of the Surface Phone launch. This is mainly because Windows 10 will be the primary focus and Nadella with his team can support one of its long-standing hardware partners.

Windows 10 performance will be massively upgraded in the second half of 2017 as the Redstone 3 update is arriving that time. This could be the main feature in the Microsoft Surface Phone 2017. Along with this, the handset will sport some premium specs and exquisite styling, writes Forbes. The phone can even rival Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has already hinted that the company is developing the ultimate mobile device. Thus, tech enthusiasts have to wait till the handset is released. Till then, the Windows 10 Mobile flag has to be carried the conventional way via Microsoft's hardware partners. The Microsoft Surface Phone 2017 may run full desktop-bound Windows 10 apps.

As per Digital Trends, the Microsoft Surface Phone 2017 could come in three variants - a consumer model, a business model, and an “enthusiast” model, a high-spec version for tech geeks. This cannot be confirmed at the moment though many believe the Surface Phone 2017 could have a 64GB internal storage and 4GB RAM option and a 128GB internal storage and 6GB RAM option.

Other rumoured specs of the Microsoft Surface Phone 2017 include Intel Kaby Lake chipset, 20MP rear camera with Carl Zeiss lens and Surface Pen. The handset will be able to rival any other top releases in 2017 including Samsung Galaxy S8, Note 8 and Apple iPhone 8.