Microsoft 'testing' its own smartphone?

Technology giant reportedly working with component suppliers in Asia to enter smartphone race against Apple; device to boast 4 or 5 inch screen.

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Microsoft is setting the groundwork to enter the smartphone race against rival Apple. That's according to Wall Street Journal sources, who said Microsoft is currently working with Asian component suppliers to "test" its own smartphone.

A current Nokia Windows 8 phone.

The move suggests Microsoft is looking to embrace the business model used by Apple, namely that the Mac and iPhone maker designs its own hardware as well as the software behind them.

The sources said Microsoft is only testing a smartphone design, and the company is not sure if a final product will ever enter mass production. The device is rumored to feature a screen that measures between four and five inches. This puts it in line with the iPhone 5 and Samsung's Galaxy S III.

Microsoft just recently began selling its first company-produced PC product, the Surface tablet. The new device went on sale last week beginning at $500.

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HayanNinja
HayanNinja

Who knows. They managed to become quite strong in the gaming market, after all. But I don't think I'll be switching, I'm quite happy with Android.

Ushae
Ushae

If surface phone becomes a reality, and MS put the right kind of capital and research into its design and further improve their WP8 OS, I can see them taking off. But it depends on how solid their foundation is, google and apple are giants in the smartphone market at the moment.

theKSMM
theKSMM

Microsoft might want to slow down on the hardware development before they really alienate their partners.  Those partners will be necessary to drive up exposure of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 in particular.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

I seen windows 8 when it come out and i thought it would be absolute sh*t but after using it i see that what they show u on its trailer is just the start menu, u can go back to desktop view easily. i for one would not use it like a touch screen but it is nice to know that it is there if u like it.

give it a go, u wont hate on it after u try it

Grimbear13
Grimbear13

Not sure what all the hate over Win 8 is, I used it through a few of its different betas on my HTPC and Laptop and installed it on my primary PC as soon as the full version came out and have had pretty much no problems.  The only problems I have had were small changes to where things were.  For a really good guide on that I'll link you to Scott Hanselman's blog

 

http://www.hanselman.com/blog/Windows8ProductivityWhoMovedMyCheeseOhThereItIs.aspx

Danny_KickAzz
Danny_KickAzz

Well From What I learned is that Microsoft is Really Really good at making hardware  for example Zune HD (*yet zune did fail the hardware was top notch seriously find one thing wrong with the zune HD's hardware!) the MS Surface is the best looking and most durable tablet there is, The Xbox 360 slim (though the first version of the 360 was bad they made up for it with the slim), 360 controllers, and of course there little  Mouse/Keyboard hardware which are basically the best on the market ...So i have full confidence that MS will provide  Top notch hardware that would make Apple/Samsung/Google..Freak

johnrare
johnrare

ahahaha (sarcastic) 

 

Working with Asian component suppliers..............its more rather like they are using Asian people to do all the hard labor.............

 

 

well.................smartphone.............how smart can a smartphone get.....................it doesnt matter as long as it has the basic to work with its all good....................unless its those people who like to spend more to get just a little bit of it...........but it doesnt matter its how people think but consider that a phone is only a phone..................just as long as it has the basic....

 

xSagez
xSagez

At least when I buy a Microsoft phone I know there won't be another one coming out in 6 months.

aussiemuscle
aussiemuscle

i figured Windows8 was just a precursor to getting their own phone.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

Come on Microsoft kill Apple again!

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

Well...at least it is not another Apple phone.

SauhlGood
SauhlGood

the more the merrier, im sick of apple products and wont buy a ipad or iphone for many reasons, but prime amongst them is the gouging price and rushing of tech for incramental upgrades at astronomical prices, itunes is utterly cumbersome and convoluted... not to mention the vile business practices, recent of which is suing samsung for geometrical shape, trying to limit competition is a detriment to all consumers...and the ongoing use of suicidal labor, but thats a sin they share with most of the capitalistic manufacturers and corps in america

wexorian
wexorian

guess what os it will use? yes Windows 8 .,..... nooo thnx i'l stick with Samsung, HTC.

dillonpeterliam
dillonpeterliam

I couldn't see MS producing better hardware than Nokia (Lumia) or even Samsung (ATIV), buh then again they did surprise me with the surface . . .

CrushedGear
CrushedGear

No One Messes With Samsung (The Best Smartphone manufacturer) :D

 

CraigNinten
CraigNinten

Latest lumia 920 asks for the price of an iPhone 5, that's simply too much considered the fact that it doesn't have the popularity to compete with iPhone toe-to-toe

b10nutz
b10nutz

 Nokia should've known better what business partner they chose. I still don't understand why they are still so reluctant in releasing an Android Phone, but still have a lot of respect for them. I still have my first phone a Nokia 3310 that still works in perfect condition even after this many years.

 

 I hope things will work  fine for them, although I'm not such a huge fan of MS and W8.

Mozuckint
Mozuckint

One has to wonder at how exactly Nokia is reacting.....

Albaficas
Albaficas

they can try all they want they stll wont stop apple

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

I hope MS considers making three types of phones. One for gamers like the Xperia Play but with Xbox Live connectivity, one with a full qwerty like a BlackBerry Bold and one solid screen phone like iPhone and every other android phone. If they appeal to each of these consumers they'll sell a lot of phones.

 

What the market doesn't need is another solid screen phone like the iPhone and every other android phone.

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

Got to feel bad for Nokia if this turns out to be true.

okassar
okassar

I'm looking forward to Microsoft becoming competitive with mobile again. I really dislike the iPhone and my Android phone gets odd with computer errors sometimes. 3 is the magic number.

Swifftness
Swifftness

to enter the smartphone race against Apple, cause they will not catch the 1st (Samsung)

tgwolf
tgwolf

Why not, they tried (and failed miserably) to make a Video game console line?

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

Yeah...I don't think I'd trade in an Android phone for one with the Metro UI. Never.

Vodoo
Vodoo

"This puts it in line with the iPhone 5 and Samsung's Galaxy S III." 

 

Yeah, and it also puts it in line with every other smartphone made as well. Nowadays every smartphone has a screen size between 4-5 inches. 

 

If WP8 had hardware equivalent to what Android offers (quad-core LTE, over-clocked dual-core LTE, 2GB's of RAM, better screen resolutions and more useful features.) I would seriously consider switching. The WP8 operating system is much more stable, smooth and more cohesive than Android is. It has alot less glitches and bugs. The app store will eventually come around. 120,000 apps is still nothing to sneeze at, plus MS monitors their app store better than Google with regard to malware. 

 

I have always had, and still HAVE, Samsung Galaxy S phones. And while Samsungs flagship line of phones come packed to the brim with powerful hardware and features, the phones are made like shit.  They are cheap garbage. I have owned the Galaxy S 1, 2 & 3 and have had numerous issues with each phone that required warranty service. The WP's have a much better quality about them. So I can't wait to see how WP8 evolves in the future, and just maybe I'll give it a shot.

davedrastic
davedrastic

What is the main point of getting a Windows 8,(or Windows 9,10,11)  phone over an Android or iOS phone?

 

I can only think that it's better for business use, as it would be compliant with MS Office. That would be of interest to me for a tablet, and I can see myself buying a Windows 8 tablet with which I'll use MS Office - so I can use the tablet for both business and personal use. Without the MS Office I'd have to consider a tablet a bit of a toy that i'll probably get bored of quickly.

 

But I'm not sure if using MS Office on a phone would be productive. I havent even bothered setting up email on my smartphone cos I just can't be hassled with it.

TheMisterCheif
TheMisterCheif

After owning a windows phone for 2 years, the 8x seems like a good phone but i really am thinking of getting a iphone or s3. No Apps and im not waiting any longer. 

StarSfrife
StarSfrife

I would totally buy a Windows 8 phone from MS. Well.... as long as it doesn't only come to AT&T.

XenoLair
XenoLair

What the hell? How is this news? They have been doing so ever since WP7 came out and made a partnership with Nokia. WP8 is just strengthening that brand, yes - they are competing against apple in the smart phone business and they are slowly proceeding though its a long way to catch up. They are doing some good stuff with it (like bringing WP8 to the NT core framework) but yes, they have to catch up. Give them some credit, apple has been doing it since their first (overpriced) phone and have changed little since then.

Grimbear13
Grimbear13

 @Ravenlore_basic Windows 7 Phones are good, people just haven't gotten over their stigma of the Windows Phone.  And the apps weren't there because developers didn't want to spend resources making apps for a small market.  However with the Windows 8 store being for  phone/computers/tablets suddenly there's a much bigger market.  AND Windows 8 apps have the widest range of languages available for development so I'm hoping to see development explode for it, personally I plan on making a DOTA 2 related app.  So I'm hoping in a few months once the Lumia 920 is launched I can watch you eat your words :D

Grimbear13
Grimbear13

 @GH05T-666 They don't wanna do that, then they'll have to bail them out again lol

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

 @CraigNinten well thats nokia's doing and it will mean they will lose out to other windows phone 8 makers like HTC and samsung.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

 @b10nutz Yes Nokia should have known better.  Microsoft will screw over anyone they can.  Still Microsoft is late to the party they will fail.   Lets just sit back and watch it happen. 

ronnet
ronnet

 @b10nutz

 

They've explained this. Nokia designers had a meeting with MS designers and they came to realize that they had a similar vision towards smartphones. Neither one was happy with Android so with their combinerd strength they created a new ecosystem. One that I joined last year (and haven't regretted). The new nokia smartphones have incredible build quality and Windows Phone is a great and original OS.

 

Nokia could have joined Android but apart from not being a fan of its design, they also didn't want to be one of the many Android makers. Look at the market right now, only Samsung is succesful. Sony, Asus, Acer and so many others have almost no marketshare. Even the no.2, HTC, is losing ground. Android wouldn't have saved Nokia, and considering how great the Lumia serie is, I think they made the right move.

dudnaito
dudnaito

 @okassar 

 

yeah, is it just me or is the iphone 4s super slow with the new IOS. The new IOS isn't so much an "upgrade" as a healthy reminder that my less than year old $500 phone is now obsolete. 

okassar
okassar

 @tgwolf You capitalized the "v" in "video game" unnecessarily and ended a comment with a question mark. Your argument is invalid. Even if you re-post in a more grammatically correct manner, your argument will still be invalid because you are an idiot.

ronnet
ronnet

 @crunchb3rry

 Never say never, at first I didnt like it either. But in person they look so much better. I had the opportunity to try one out and it just works better and easier than Android. Hopefully you'll get the chance to try it out , approach it with an openmind (dont expect traditional Windows or Android) and it might suprise youl.

StarSfrife
StarSfrife

 @davedrastic Personally I think the Windows 8 UI is just a lot better than Android and iOS; plus the Windows 8 phone development environment is different. There's also the Xbox and windows 8 OS compatibility. 

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

 @dudnaito  @okassar And how will Microsoft make things better??  Microsoft charged full price for windows 7 which was Vita 2.0. If they can charge you for anything they will. 

MADPADDY
MADPADDY

 @okassar  

Oh no it's the WWW.GRAMMAR-POLICE.COM,everybody off the net unless you have a degree in English.

dudnaito
dudnaito

 @Ravenlore_basic  @okassar 

 

Thanks for the lesson on how corporations work. I'm not so much rooting FOR a side as I hope any other company can make a breakthrough in the vaunted "middle-upper class market" that Apple has. Competition drives down prices and increases innovation brah.