Surface phone or Windows Phone 8 mockup? Mysterious device shows up in Microsoft photos.


Some images of what looks to be a never-before-seen Windows Phone have been spotted in some marketing images for Microsoft. The device looks Zune HD-esque with a chrome border, sharp corners and a rectangle like shape. The device even has the Windows Phone 8 flag logo near the button.

So the question is, what is it?

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Some speculation by people have suggested it’s the alleged Surface Phone designed in-house by Microsoft though as much as we would like to believe that, we find it implausible. The notion that a super top-secret project would find its way on to a commercial photo shoot just seems highly unlikely—like impossible.

Instead, we’re leaning on the notion that this is a “generic” mockup phone used to convey Windows Phone without endorsing a specific OEM i.e. playing favorites. We see this all the time in Windows Phone ads and web placement where there is a render of a phone that does not exist—it’s not a leak but rather done for marketing purposes. The idea of taking that idea and going one step further with a physical device (or even a PhotoShopped one) is not too far fetched.

Still, if Microsoft were to make a phone, such a design, as seen above wouldn’t be too bad. But our hunch tells us whatever the Surface phone is, it’s radically different than what is found in these images.

Source: Microsoft 1, 2; via WMPU

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Surface phone or Windows Phone 8 mockup? Mysterious device shows up in Microsoft photos.


What? Are you kidding me!?
Nokia Lumia 920 is a beautiful phone no question ask but if this phone is real (with ZUNE HD design) then I will buy it over any other phone without even thinking.
This phone looks beautiful like Zune HD!
Now I can feel better waiting till my upgrade because I might be able to get this Microsoft Surface Phone.

I agree... I can't recall how many times I told my coworkers I wish the Zune HD had a 4" screen and was a phone... and that was 2009 before Windows Phone was even officially demoed, so I'd be very excited if it came true. Although, admittedly I want the Nokia 920 PureView or better camera in it, lol.

i said the same thing when i first recived my ZuneHD a few years ago, for christmas. my zune has been through a lot and it still looks new lol. its held up very well!

If the surface phone looks like anything like that other mock up from Jona Daehnert, consider me another 600 dollars or so poorer.

This looks like a "we wanted to make a point by having a phone on the desk but didn't want to promote an existing phone" phone.

Dont you mean, whatever it is, Verizon doesn't want it unless it's Apple or Android? They've had WP8 Ry TM'd for a while now, don't you find it strange they announced issues with access? The first test they should have performed upon receiving hardware was communication on the proper band for their network along with whatever access the needed to the OS especially since it supposabley had similar issue with WP7. I believe they really don't want to carry,  WP at all, but are trying not to piss off their customers by shifting the blame to MS.

I'm a Verizon customer but, all I am going to say is, Get over it. Verizon has not annouced ANYTHING YET. AT&T has.  Verizon publicly stated that they will be supporting WIndows Phone 8. They will wait till it gets closer to release before you hear anything.
Before you start screamming they are not getting anything because they are not "RUMORED" to get the 920, just wait a week or 2, everything should be known by then.
But, yea, if it's a New phone, it's a very good chance that it will be GSM only and Verizon users will be left out..

I wish they would make a surface phone that's all glass on the front (no wasted space for speakers, and buttons). Just a slab of glass.

What if Microsoft wasn't making a phone but instead a Zune replacement? Something to challenge the Ipod. A device that could help grow the ecosystem.

Really Daniel???? I think whether it is a mock up or the real thing, they are sending a message with these photos saying that one is defo on the way....elop interview???

Wow. 2 weeks before the Lumia 920 lands in the USA and no pricing or even a concrete date released by ATT? What is going on?

What about a surface phone with an option to buy an attachable keyboard/cover like the tablet. That would be amazing!