Fresh rumours suggest that Microsoft has partnered up with a manufacturer to make its first Microsofr Surface phone running on Windows Phone 8, and that it’s going to be opening up physical shops in the UK in 2013 to help sell it.
The first rumour stems from Taiwan-based tech rumour specialist DigiTimes, which has a spotty track record at best. Still, its suggestion that Microsoft has teamed up with Chinese mega-manufacturer Foxconn to produce a Surface phone is an interesting one and comes just weeks after the Surface tablet launched and our subsequent Microsoft Surface review hit the web.
Apparently, Foxconn has landed a deal from Microsoft (as well as Amazon, interestingly) to produce a dedicated Microsoft Windows Phone 8 handset for release in mid-2013.
The source claims that the Microsoft Surface phone “will only have a limited shipment volume initially.”
The second rumour suggests that Microsoft will have somewhere to really push these new phones outside of its home US market.
According to the Financial Times (as reported by SlashGear), Microsoft its looking to Europe for its next bricks and mortar stores. In fact, the company has reportedly been talking with UK landlords to establish a foothold over the pond.
It’s suggested that Microsoft would be looking to open its first UK shop at some point in 2013.
Of course, even if the Microsoft Surface phone doesn’t come about, the company still has its Microsoft Surface Windows 8 tablet to sell to people as a genuine iPad alternative. It also has to continue pushing its Windows 8 OS to the skeptical part of its customer base.