Panos Panay was named as the leader of Microsoft's hardware engineering efforts several months ago, and since then the company has released several new devices, including the Surface Book notebook, the Surface Pro 4 tablet, and its new Lumia smartphones. In a new interview, Panay offers some insights about the company's hardware philosophies, but dodged questions about if the company plans to launch a "Surface Phone" in the future.
As we first reported earlier this month, our sources have told us that Panay and his Surface team have been given approval by Microsoft to design an all new smartphone that is scheduled for release sometime in 2016. In an interview with GeekWire this week Panay, understandably, didn't confirm or deny that he was working on a "Surface Phone" when asked directly about that issue:
"People love asking that. Again, nice try. I think you have to continuously check the landscape of what needs to happen next in all our device categories. We're working on a lot of stuff."
When asked if he was in charge of Microsoft's Lumia smartphone lineup or something else, Panay stated:
"Yeah, right now, the Lumia line is exactly what it is. We have the Surface line, and we have every other device that the company makes. It really is about bringing them all together with a consistent feeling and making sure the experiences across Microsoft come to our customers."
Panay also offers some thoughts about Apple CEO's Tim Cook's recent comments that the Surface Book was "diluted", along with comparing the Surface Pro lineup to Apple's recently launched iPad Pro. You can check out the entire interview in podcast format GeekWire.