This new Microsoft design patent is unlikely to be the Surface phone
File this under 'c'mon dude', but here it goes. The site Patently Apple has picked up on a new design patent given to Microsoft under the USPTO date for December 6, 2016. The USPTO document reveals a few generic drawings of your standard Lumia-like smartphone – any smartphone – with a display and slightly curved body.
Patently Apple goes a bit heavy with the speculation especially since their earlier find from February shared some resemblance of what was eventually Surface Studio. I call that luck as most patent filings rarely become actual products. Back to this patent, no information about the features, hardware, or materials used are mentioned making the filing pretty basic.
Oddly, the Patently Apple author goes on a tangent about pens, Apple, Samsung, and how Microsoft could be bringing inking to Mobile (a forgone conclusion already). They then cite FIG. 7 with the following conclusion labeled in their image:
Of course, to our eyes, it only looks like a standard 3.5mm headphone jack like the kind you used to find on every smartphone in the world. I'm not sure when we started confusing headphone jacks with pen slots. 2016 is a weird year, and I suppose Apple fans have already moved on from 'headphone-gate' by forgetting it ever existed? I dunno.
The bottom of the phone has a single port, which again looks like an old micro USB slot and not quite the symmetrical USB Type C design we are accustomed too.
Frankly folks, I don't see anything interesting here. This design patent is a generic filing on what could easily be the Lumia 640. In fact, the patent cites Micromax, Sony Xperia, LG Optimus, Lumia 830, and the Lumia 530 – all phones from 2012-2014 – under 'other publications' for the patent's references.
Microsoft has some exciting stuff in the pipeline for sure, but please don't go spreading this around as 'proof' of a 'Surface Phone.' Facts and data are still necessary, not a generic drawing based on yesteryear's inspiration.
Thanks, Charis N., for the heads up (I think)
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Btw, I also managed to get my hands on an iPad air 2, and it is good, but not superior to Windows 10 Mobile by any means. Its touch gestures are useful and cool, and it's good that you can choose Siris language separately from the OS language, but it's keyboard is barely usable compared to what W10M offers. No swipe, no quick switch between languages, no cursor, the spell checker corrects EVERYTHING too aggressively, and there's no simple way to hide it after you opened it. Other than that, the Instagram app works and looks better on Windows 10 Mobile than on an iPad, believe it or not. It just displays the iPhone app without any scaling, with huge buttons and a giant black bezel around it on the screen.
Sorry for the long comment btw, but I had to get this out of my chest now :D
Also the 650 seems to have a wide centred microphone, while the drawing has a small dot on the right bottom centre like 640 (you can see it easily resembles the 640 when you have the 640 in your hands when comparing to the drawing :p) And I agree with everything else your said^ :D
Btw, does the back seem like its framed? As if the camera could be surrounded with a secondary input method or some short of low quality display or where they always like that in patents and I am thrown off completely by the penslot? ( lol.. ).
Because it's funny of course ;-)
Microsoft might release 4 phones 1 will be a Lumia for CES17 the other 3 a surface phone for MWC17.
Let's hope so.
It is not a platform like Xbox... it shouldn't be generic.
Must be visibly Microsoft.
Its a bit like a Rolls-Royce.
You know is kitted out but would I buy it over a Mazda, not even if I could afford it.
Would I drive to the local gas station to pick up a bottle of milk with a Rolls... Definitely not. There are cheaper more correctly branded , identifiable tablets/2in1 devices from Asus, Lenovo and Huawei that will do a better job. Just call it Microsoft model xxyyxx so that it can be recognised for what it is.
Lenovo Yoga series is better than surface.
The price is at best money laundering.