Microsoft Prepping Windows Phone 8 Smartphone: Report
Microsoft is said to be developing a Windows Phone 8-running smartphone. The software marker surprised and upset some tablet hardware partners with a similar move.Microsoft smartphone partners, beware! The software maker is once again planning to surprise industry watchers with in-house hardware that will run its upcoming Windows Phone 8 operating system. According to the China Times and WPCentral, Microsoft is already testing a smartphone. "Details about what it looks like, hardware specifications, launch times, etc., have not been shared with us by the person(s) who have provided the information," WPCentral said in an Oct. 2 blog post. "The only thing we do know is when compared to current WP8 hardware, it’s something unique." China Times, by Google's rough translation, reports that Microsoft has been developing its own smartphone for more than four months and plans to debut the phone in the first half of 2013, in order to "implement its vision of Windows Phone 8," not wanting to leave decisions about materials, design, service and software-hardware integration "in the hands of others."
In June, Microsoft surprised industry watchers by introducing the Surface, a Microsoft-made tablet that will compete with the tablets that Microsoft partners have been building to run Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 software. The Surface was a surprise to media, consumers and even, to a degree, Microsoft's partners—in one instance, analyst Roger Kay told eWEEK, a hardware partner was only notified just before Microsoft CEO Steve Baller climbed the stage to make the announcement—and has hurt some Microsoft relationships.