Microsoft Video Accidentally Reveals the Lumia Phone X
It’s no secret that Microsoft is seriously struggling when it comes to the mobile market. While the company has had difficulties regarding the mobile sector for quite some time, in November 2015, Microsoft’s market share of the global market fell again. The company’s market share currently sits at 1.7%, down from 3% in 2014.
In an interview with Buzzfeed earlier this year, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella admitted that the company’s mobile market share is “unsustainable.” He also told the publication that Microsoft is more interested in the software and services that people are using instead of what that software and those services are being run on.
What could be the company’s salvation, however, is Windows 10. Windows 10 on mobile devices comes with a feature called Continuum. Letting users use their mobile phones like Windows 10 PCs, the feature allows them to connect keyboards to their phones and create and edit Microsoft office documents. Other examples of Continuum includes the ability to use a smartphone as a keyboard for a connected screen. However, although it’s only available on three devices at the moment (the Lumia 950, 950 XL and the Acer Jade Primo), a new video from Microsoft suggests that it will be headed to another soon.
The video, posted by Microsoft’s Chinese unit, was made to detail the benefits of Continuum. And while the footage doesn’t actually mention a new Windows handset, the video’s description said (translated):
“Homemade Welcome Mobile phone Continuum, this function can convert your phone large screen projector and utilities. Use dock or adapter to connect to a TV or monitor, and then use your application on a larger screen and view your content. You can also make your mouse and keyboard computer phone has the same powerful features, such as production of Office documents, send e-mail, and even type text messages. Upon completion, the file will be saved on your phone, you can continue working. Of course, you can watch videos, view photos, surf the Web and so on. Note: This feature requires a compatible mobile device is intended for use, for example Lumia 950/XL, Lumia Phone X and Acer Jade Primo.”
While that description has since been edited, as the handset was likely mentioned mistakenly, that hasn’t stopped Windows fans from latching onto it and asking ‘what is the Lumia Phone X?’. The truth is that at the moment, no one really knows but one popular theory is that it may be Microsoft’s Surface phone. The highly rumored Surface handset has been spoken about as a phone that can fit between the gap of the Apple iPad and Mac computers. If speculation is to be believed, then the Surface will have 4GB of RAM and the Intel Atom processor, which would certainly be capable of running Continuum.
However, not everyone is convinced that the Lumia Phone X and the Surface Phone are the same device. Digital Trends notes that the Surface and Lumia teams are entirely separate, so unless Microsoft is muddling the branding, or has, for some reason, put the two teams together, it seems unlikely that the Surface Phone has gotten a name change. And on top of this, the publication also nixes the suggestion that the Lumia 650 (which is set to launch in February) is the Lumia Phone X as the 650 has 1GB of RAM, which wouldn’t be capable of running Continuum.
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