Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Is Still In The Smartphone Race

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) seems to be in the smartphone business to stay as reports emerge that the company is working on what will possibly be a productivity smartphone. The smartphone in the works at Microsoft is currently codenamed ‘Juggernaut Alpha’ and could be out later this year or early next year. If leaked details are anything to go by, the Juggernaut Alpha would boast higher resolution than Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPhone 6 Plus.

After burning its fingers with the acquisition of Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK)’s handsets business, it looked like Microsoft would give the smartphone business a wide berth. However, it turns out that the company is showing its resilience in a major way, going back to work on what is likely to be a premium smartphone device.

Details have leaked that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is designing a new phone that is internally called Juggernaut Alpha, and could be unveiled at the end of 2015 or early 2016. The phone is expected to run Windows 10 Phone OS, and will likely trade under the brand name of Surface.

Specs of the new Microsoft phone

In terms of resolution, the Surface phone device is expected to feature resolution of 1440×2560 pixels and 5.5-inch display. In comparison, Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus also comes with a 5.5-inch screen and gives resolution of 1080×1920 pixels.

Other leaks cited that the Surface phone would be powered by Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)’s Atom x3 processor. The smartphone is also expected to come with 4GB of RAM with storage options starting at 64GB with up to 128GB storage options. Most smartphone vendors prefer the 16GB to 32GB storage option range.

The Surface phone is also likely to be equipped with a 21-MP back camera and an 8-MP front camera.

Stylus pen

In a major departure from what it has done with phones in the past, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is rumored to be working to include digital pen support in the Surface phone. The company has popularized the stylus pen for its Surface tablets, which it uses as a key differentiator for its tablet products. By enabling the use of the stylus pen on the Surface phone, Microsoft is seen to be targeting the productivity market with its new smartphone.

Neha Gupta

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