Moreover, since HP, Lenovo and ASUS have already announced their participation as OEMs for the new Windows 10 on ARM device expected later this year, we should see more leaks coming from the ever-eager-to-leak supply chain in Asia.
Of course, Continuum may not be the centerpiece of this device’s capabilities. What everyone is waiting for is x86 emulation on Snapdragon 835 chipsets, which means the device can not only run the full Windows 10 version, but also x86 apps that have so far been restricted to desktop environments primarily controlled by Intel and its hardware.
Intel’s recent litigious noises about x86 emulation and IP rights infringement could put a spanner in the works at Qualcomm, but we don’t think the latter would run the risk of violating Intel’s IP and losing a potentially massive contract with Microsoft for future Windows 10 devices.
Let’s just hope they’ve covered their bases on the x86 emulation front.
Even if this latest rumor about the Surface Phone being called Surface Mobile turned out to be untrue, we’re confident that more reliable leaks will soon be making their way into the light.