Windows Central Podcast 60: How much would a Surface phone cost?

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This past week, Microsoft announced a couple of new Insider Preview builds that include some pretty awesome eye tracking technology. We also discuss what a Surface phone would have to cost, given this new emerging market of $1000+ phones, and a whole bunch of reviews on this weeks episode of the Windows Central Podcast!

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Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

  • Unless the do a sub $300 model I'm not going to bother. Phones are getting ridiculously expensive.
  • To be fair, that's not without reason. Phones are becoming more and more powerful and more capable of being one's only device. Though for enthusiasts I agree it's a bit mad!
  • Those capabilities are enabled by software via apps, there is very little thats being added to the hardware that makes current smartphones more capable than a few years ago, they're just a little bit faster, lighter and thinner now. Importantly, none of these hardware upgrades addresses battery life in any significant way which would be something to be considered worth paying more for. In its current state there really is nothing that justifies the high prices and the idea that we are not entering some inevitable hyper priced era is ridiculous.
  • Well, anything with the word Surface on it is already expensive. I'd imagine it having higher price than the HP Elite x3 ($700); but I just hope it isn't $1000. Owning a Surface Pro at $1600 is already maddening enough, and I just hope Microsoft doesn't increase the price to their "premium category" just because they can (/backriding Apple's territory). And to say, it is priced high because it doesn't want to compete with other OEMs will not cut it this time, because it is a device that people want to thrive on/buy in masses--mainly making the Windows Phone an option again ofc.
  • I don't understand why anyone thinks there will be a Surface Phone (or any other Windows phone) after the current batch dies off.
  • ScubaDog - mostly because Microsoft need to have a small device in one form or another.
  • A "small device" does not a phone make.  Satya Nadella's preposterously vague lies aside, I don't believe they are doing ANYTHING with a device we would ever call a Windows-based phone.  I do NOT qualify a mini-tablet PC with cell capability a phone.  Any phone-related devices they will be supporting in the future, I'm certain, will be iPhone and/or Android.
  • Maybe it is so, maybe not. Only time will tell.
  • A small device that rings like a telephone when someone calls it and has sim capability. Call it whatever tou want
  • So CShell and Andromeda are just for kicks and giggles?
  • Honestly I think this thing with Surface phone is going out of hand.. Article about imaginary device and speculation of it's price...How many clickbait Surface phone articles do we really need? I think 2 articles per week are more than enough :) 
  • Hype is there. Its gonna happen. Its gonna have full windows on arm, once that happens the phone would will explode in my opinion. 
  • No, it really won't.
  • The point is not how much, but "is there" going to have a Surface phone.
  • I don't really care how much it costs. I want MS to start talking about it. It needs to be like a PC where it won't depend on MS to actively support it. Like how you can slap Win 10 on a pc from 5 years ago and currently it will work.