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Fresh rumors suggest that the Microsoft Surface Phone release date will be slotted in 2018 as it may be aimed to rival Google Pixel 2 and iPhone 8 that will release later this year.

Speculations are rife that the heavily rumored Microsoft Surface Phone is not ready for a launch. Hence, it is expected to get announce in 2018. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has hinted that the Surface Phone would deliver ultimate mobile experience.

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Microsoft did best in keeping the Surface series and HoloLens secret until they were ready. It is likely that the company is secretly working on Surface Phone and it will be revealed once the smartphone is ready. One of the hints that indicates that the Microsoft Surface Phone exists is that the company has discontinued its Lumia lineup

The Redmond giant is expected to re-enter the smartphone market with the popular Surface branding. The company was recently granted a patent for a 2-in-1 foldable smartphone that will not only function as tablet but also a tablet, MS Power User reported.

Even though the rumor mill is speculating a lot on the design and specs of Surface Phone, the company seems to be doing best in keeping the smartphone a secret. In the recent past, several leaked images of Surface Phone had surfaced, but all of them were found to be fake. However, speculations indicate that smartphone is slated for 2018 release so that it can arrive after the iPhone 8 and Google Pixel 2 and compete with them.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Apple iPhones. Hence, iPhone 8 rumors have hinted that the smartphone would be coming plenty of new features. Some of the speculated features include edge-to-edge display, wireless charging and dual-SIM support.

In 2016, the first Google branded smartphone was launched. The arrival of Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones resulted in the demise of Nexus lineup. Now, the search engine giant is expected to be working on a Snapdragon 835 edition of Google Pixel 2 that is likely to release in the last quarter of 2017, 9 to 5 Google reported.

Will Microsoft Surface Phone arrive in 2017 to disturb the sales of Apple iPhone 8 and Google Pixel 2? Do let us know your thoughts by adding comments below.

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