We have covered in some detail that Microsoft is working on a foldable Surface Phone that is internally known as Andromeda device and it also runs the Andromeda OS. Now, the Andromeda device and OS both have made appearances in the device validation requests.
As you can see in the screenshots above Andromeda OS is able to support both ARM64 and X86 configurations and the release type is defined as “Production”. This may hint at sooner release for the Andromeda OS as it may have already reached the Production stage.
Andromeda device is mentioned as a Qualcomm Snapdragon powered device with ARM64 configuration. Even Snapdragon 835 (QC8998) is mentioned in the screenshot but we have earlier seen mention of Snapdragon 845 in a job opening.
The launch of Andromeda OS/ device is widely rumored to be in H2 2018 and these appearances just give more hope to fans eagerly waiting for the Surface Phone.
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We have so far developed a good understanding of Surface Phone/Surface Andromeda device design on the basis of patents that reveal too much. With Andromeda appearing as one of the SKUs of Windows Core OS in latest Windows 10 Preview builds. it seems Microsoft may be finally on track to a 2018 launch for both Andromeda OS and device.
We posted some evidence that shows that Microsoft is already working to curate Apps collections for the Surface Phone/Mobile. A recent job opening has revealed that Microsoft may be working on a 1st-party hardware (Surface device/phone) powered by just announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor.
We had exclusively reported that 2018 may see Surface Mobile (Surface Phone) & Windows mobile devices from top vendors too. In a recent poll, our readers selected Surface Phone as the most appealing name for the ultimate mobile device from Microsoft. Surface Mobile and Note names came at 2nd and 3rd rank.
We earlier posted a tip from some of our retail sources about Microsoft talking to channel partners about a new Surface category of devices. The tip had claimed that Microsoft may be on fast-track to at least talk about Surface Phone/Andromeda device hardware in H1 2018 and a possible release in H2 2018.