Surface Phone could come with on-screen fingerprint scanner

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

A few weeks ago, we informed you that Microsoft would delay the debut of the Surface Phone until 2017. There aren’t many known details about its specs but according to the latest rumors, the flagship will come pre-installed with Windows 10 Mobile Redstone 2 and have a fingerprint sensor built into its screen.

We have no doubt that Microsoft will equip the Surface Phone with the most advanced processor to handle the upcoming operating system and, at the same time, to challenge Apple’s iPhones and other Android flagships in terms of performance. One other feature that could be introduced with this Windows 10 device is an on-screen fingerprint screen. Microsoft reportedly filed a patent hinting at the arrival of this feature, which is currently being tested behind closed doors.

Although there is a chance chances the patent won’t make it into production, at least now we know what Microsoft’s plans roughly are and it will be great if they will be materialized before Apple makes the same move with its next iPhone. For now, it’s too early to know for sure if Microsoft is ready to build smartphones with on-screen fingerprint scanner.

The Surface Phone is expected to arrive in mid-2017 alongside the seventh generation Intel Kaby Lake processor which will be faster and more efficient than ever. Also, the device could sport an AMOLED display sized at 5.5-inch, which will be crispier and clearer than the iPhone’s LCD Retina display. On the other hand, if Intel doesn’t launch its new processor until Microsoft will decide to unveil the Surface Phone, the device could be powered by a Snapdragon 830 or 821 chipset and support up to 8GB of RAM.


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