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Intel abandons the phone market, the next Microsoft flagship with Snapdragon 830?

Surface Phone
Windows Phone Area

The Surface Phone can have up to 8GB of RAM

Multiple rumors suggest Microsoft is working on its new generation of devices, and these products will be released in Spring 2017 along with the Redstone 2 update for Windows 10 PC and Mobile. Among the products we expect to see are the new Surface tablet, SurfaceBook and at least one smartphone.

We know that the next Microsoft’s flagship phone may ditch the Lumia branding and be called ‘Surface’, but now it seems that this future phone won’t be able to natively run win32 applications as some people hope. Intel recently announced its plans to cancel the Atom line-up for phones and completely abandon the small form-factor.

That’s why Microsoft has probably decided to use the unannounced Snapdragon 830 processor for its new phone. The chipset MSM8998 has appeared in internal Microsoft documents, and we know that Windows 10 Mobile already supports Snapdragon 830. The processor will be powerful enough to allow running Win32 apps through Continuum and the Cloud. Snapdragon 830 will be manufactured on the 10nm and will support up to 8GB of RAM.