Rumor Mill: Microsoft Surface Phone Emerges in Benchmark App

The Microsoft-branded Windows Phone 8 handset might prove to be fake

By on September 4th, 2012 09:13 GMT

As soon as Microsoft went official with its Windows 8-based Surface tablet, rumors on the possible release of a Microsoft Surface Phone also started to emerge, yet nothing has been officially confirmed on the matter for the time being.

Today, however, we learn that the rumors might have got one step closer to becoming reality, as the handset has emerged in a benchmarking app, WParea.de reports.

The application is none other than the popular WP Bench, which displays the Microsoft Surface Phone as being the latest addition to its database, with OS 8.0.9754.0 loaded on it.

While the platform version comes in line with the previously spotted versions of the upcoming Windows Phone 8 platform, the emergence of the phone’s name in said app doesn’t prove that the device actually exists.

In fact, it is quite possible that the results were spoofed, something that has happened before. For the time being, we’ll get the info with a grain of salt, while waiting for more solid proof on the matter.

However, this does not exclude the possibility that Microsoft might indeed be considering a possible release of an own-branded Windows Phone 8 device.

After all, the company did decide to go for a tablet of its own, despite being only a software making company for such a long time.

Of course, the computer giant recently denied having plans to release such a smartphone, yet we’ve already seen the company launching products that it had previously denied having plans for.

Provided that a Microsoft-branded Windows Phone 8 smartphone is indeed in the works, it still remains to be seen what exactly it would have to offer to its users, as well as what name it would sport when launched.

After all, it’s rather hard to believe that Microsoft will actually choose to name it Surface too, the same as it did with the tablet. With Windows Phone 8 expected to hit shelves before the end of October, it should not be too long before more info on the matter emerges, so stay tuned.

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