Microsoft has achieved success in PC market. But its smartphone line, e.g Windows Mobile and Windows Phone, always performs badly. And now Microsoft is making a comeback by Windows 10 mobile and the first transition product that's compatible with Win 10 mobile - Surface Phone. Whether Surface Phone will catch the light once coming out? We here must compare Surface Phone with its biggest competitor - iPhone 7.
Since only iPhone 7 has been released, and any product info. about Surface Phone is not confirmed by official spokesman yet, the following comparison content is based on latest Surface Phone rumors and iPhone 7 news.
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Microsoft was reported to put Surface Phone into test in 2012 and the early rumor about release date hinted it would be release in 2016. However, the newest news say Microsoft Surface Phone is slated to be released in spring 2017, earlier or the same time with Windows 10 Redstone 2.
If it goes in this way, iPhone 7 debuts earlier than Surface Phone in a few months in September, 2016.
Winner: iPhone 7
• iPhone 7 specs: Apple is said to continue releasing two versions of iPhone in 2016, and they are iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus - 4.7 and 5.5 inches respectively with QHD display of 1334 x 750 and 2560 x 1440 resolution.
iPhone 7/Plus features Sapphire glass and applies A10 processor (made up on a 16-nanometer process be more energy-efficient and quicker), 3GB of RAM, pressure-sensitive Home button, bigger battery life (2 hours/1 hour longer than iPhone 6s and 6s Plus) and improved dual-lens camera (only for iPhone 7 Plus).
As to the body thickness, iPhone 7/Plus becomes thinner by getting 3.5mm headphone jack off, which means iPhone 7 can just be connected wirelessly using Lightning port and Bluetooth headphones.
• Surface Phone specs: Microsoft must put a strong product out after abandoning Lumia phone. To create a more powerful smartphone, it's reported Microsoft will apply the advanced Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 onto this new phone to handling the speed of up to 8GB of RAM. Because most 2016 flagships are just using Snapdragon 820 chip.
Will Surface Phone be with 8GB of RAM? Rumors just indicated the RAM capacities may be 4 or even 6GB, and the internal storage may come in 64GB or 128GB, with 256GB microSD card supported. This 5.5-inch Windows 10 phone with AMOLED display, 1440x2560 pixel screen resolution is also rumored to feature Intel chipset with x86 processor CPU that makes Win32 app running feasible.
Also 21MP PureView rear lens/8MP Zeiss Wide-Angle lens, wireless charging function and USB Type-C may be used on Surface Phone. If it removes 3.5mm headphone port, too, this mobile handset will carry a Surface Pen just like Samsung Galaxy Note 5.
Winner: Microsoft Surface Phone
The price of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in 32 GB is priced at $649 and $769 in US. And according to the above mentioned specs and features roundup, Microsoft Surface Phone may be around $700-$1,000. Of course it will vary from locations and GB memories.
Winner: iPhone 7
Conclusion: Apple iPhone 7 vs Microsoft Surface Phone, who is superior to the other one and is Surface Phone really an iPhone (7) killer? From the current rumors, we can see Surface Phone itself is qualified to pit against iPhone 7. But the uncertainty is always here and it's only after the two mobile products being released can we make the conclusion that which one is better.
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