An unannounced Microsoft smartphone recently showed up at the Bluetooth SIG website, accompanied by listings for the new Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones.
The surprise model is referred to as the Microsoft ms1, and there are virtually no details about it… but it’s interesting to note that it’s model number doesn’t look like those for any other recent Microsoft Lumia devices. So maybe it’s not a Lumia device.
There have been rumors that the team responsible for Microsoft’s Surface tablets could be working on a Surface phone. It’s not entirely clear where it would fit in the company’s hardware lineup — after all, Microsoft already offers a range of phones including entry-level, mid-range, and premium models.
The upcoming Lumia 950 and 950 XL will also be among the first smartphones to support Continuum, allowing you to dock them and use an external display, mouse, and keyboard to run desktop-style apps.
It’s likely that a Surface phone would offer similar functionality… but it could have a different design and possibly more PC-like hardware. One recent rumor suggests a Surface Phone could have 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and an Intel Atom x3 processor, for instance.
This week Wired published an article profiling Microsoft’s Surface chief Panos Panay on the even of the launch of the Surface Book and Surface Pro 3. That article mentioned a phone prototype… but provided no other details, which led me to wonder if it was actually a Surface phone or just another Lumia product that’s in development.
But at a time when Microsoft has been earning high marks for its smartphone and tablet hardware, maybe it wouldn’t be a big surprise for the company to task the team responsible for those products to work on a phone.
Or maybe we’re reading too much into model number listed on a regulatory agency website.