Separate Reports on WPCentral and BGR claim that Microsoft is developing their own Windows phone. A recent report in China Times also alleges that Microsoft’s smartphone will launch under the “Surface” brand in the first half of 2013.
WPCentral reports that they’ve been in touch with anonymous sources that are saying Microsoft has their own Windows Phone hardware in existence and is currently in its testing phases. Details such as hardware specifications, appearance and launch dates are unknown, but sources say that the phone’s design is “unique” from current Windows Phone 8 hardware.
This news is surprising, to say the least, because Microsoft has strongly pushed Nokia, HTC and Samsung Windows Phones in recent months. A development like this could point out to a drop in confidence in its mobile partners.
Some suggest that these rumours should be taken with a pinch of salt and that such a phone will perhaps never be sold to customers. Microsoft would just use it for testing purposes while it stays within the company. Only time will tell.