Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) may have dropped hints of its new smartphone range accidentally, according to company video posted online. Listed among the Lumia 950/XL and Acer Jade Primo, the video spotted the Lumia Phone X name.
The released video describes the Continuum feature that is available in Windows 10 to help the smartphone in performing like a PC while setting up a dock connection. Currently, the Lumia 950 and Jade Primo are compatible with the feature and the Lumia Phone X is expected to be a high-end upcoming smartphone.
End of the Lumia Series?
As per reports, the company has begun wrapping up the Lumia series in 2016 and the Surface Phone is expected to replace the Lumia series. The company is likely to be launching the last of the Lumia series at the Mobile World Congress to be held in Barcelona in February, but if the rumors of the Lumia Phone X are confirmed, the end of the Lumia series may not be as close as originally thought.
According to insiders, the rumored Surface Phone could be in the market around mid 2016. Similar to the Surface tablet, the smartphone is estimated to follow in the same category.
Panos Panay, Vice President of Surface is currently working on creating a metallic case for the Windows 10 smartphone and reports claim that Intel is part of the project, even as the company has yet to reveal the details.
Transformation in Windows Phone Industry
The Surface series rumors surfaced after a company official stated that the Windows phone was in need of something transformative similar to the change initiated by Surface laptops. Technologists believe that the replacement of the Lumia line of phones could usher in a new era for Windows phones, which are still struggling to gain ground in the Android and iOS market.
At a global share of 1.7% in the smartphone market, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is not concerned about the number of people using the software and is looking at creating a smartphone to cater to growing business needs.