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Microsoft, it seems, isn’t content with leaving the fate of Windows Phone 8 in the hands of its hardware partners
But while the move would allow Microsoft to exact an Apple-level vicegrip over its smartphone vision, the creation of a Surface smartphone is almost guaranteed to anger Microsoft’s Windows Phone hardware partners.
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And this isn’t idle speculation, either. As the announcement of the Surface tablet showed, companies like Acer weren’t crazy about Microsoft jumping from software into hardware. And it’s likely that a Surface smartphone would have the same effect on Windows Phone smartphone makers like Samsung and LG.
But the most pain would likely be inflicted on Nokia, which is making a big bet on its upcoming Lumia smartphones. Practically on its last legs financially, Nokia is having a hard enough time working with Microsoft, so just imagine if the companies suddenly became hardware competitors.
The important details of the purported device — design, hardware specs, launch times — are still missing, but it’s very unlikely that Microsoft plans to interfere with the first batch of Windows Phone 8 devices. That means don’t expect a Surface phone until the first half of next year.
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