Microsoft Surface Phone may launch in 2017 with three different versions

While rumors of a Surface Phone are popping up with some frequency these days, a new report is throwing cold water on any 2016 release.

In light of the now-defunct Lumia brand, previous reports had pegged the launch of a new Surface Phone line for this year. No so, say sources speaking to Windows Central, who say the device actually won’t launch until 2017.

While still unconfirmed by any official source, this timeline does fall in line with another report from last month that claimed Microsoft may be holding off on introducing new Surface devices until the next major Windows 10 update rolls around, which isn’t expected until 2017, too.

Today’s report also points to Microsoft launching three different versions of the Surface Phone: a consumer model, a business model and a premium “prosumer/enthusiast” edition.

Not much else is currently known about the new Surface Phone, unfortunately, except that it is being developed by the same team behind the Surface tablets and that it could be powered by Intel’s next-gen Core processors codenamed Kaby Lake.

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