Microsoft Surface Phone 2016 release date, specs & price news update: Not coming this month, focus will be on OEM Windows Phones

(Reuters/Mike Segar)A Microsoft logo is seen on an office building in New York City, July 28, 2015.

The Microsoft Surface Phone is not expected to be part of Microsoft's launch event later this month. In fact, reports have it that the flagship might not turn up at all.

According to Microsoft analyst Mary Jo Foley, the event to be held Oct. 26 will center on the Microsoft Surface All-in-One personal computer (PC).

The Microsoft Surface Phone, which has not been officially confirmed by the Surface maker, is not going to be at the affair. Instead, the Redmond-based company is reportedly looking to feature Windows Phones from OEMs.

This will be the only Windows mobile-centric bit of the launch event as the Microsoft Surface Phone will be nowhere near the highly-anticipated event.

In fact, Foley has been told by her sources that the device might be released "considerably later," which suggests that the Microsoft Surface Phone is still a long ways off. It is to be noted that her contacts are not even certain if it will materialize.

A fall 2017 release or a possible 2018 launch was tipped following this report although there is no way to confirm that at the moment.

Despite this, some media outlets are starting to believe that this delay implies that the Microsoft Surface Phone might not arrive at all and that the software giant may abandon all its efforts for it assuming it has started work on it.

Save for leaks, speculations and rumors, no official details about the Microsoft Surface Phone have been offered by its developer itself.

According to SlashGear, Microsoft might just be giving the floor to the beast of a Windows device HP Elite x3, which is one of the few Windows 10-powered devices available.

The site believes that it does not want to steal the thunder from the smartphone, which is why the Microsoft Surface Phone was deemed too early for a launch.

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