Rumours mills are abuzz with details about the Microsoft Surface Phone which is expected to be introduced to the world next year. With a whole year ahead of us before the highly-anticipated device makes it way to the public, a number of predictions already being made give  fair idea of what to expect.

Earlier reports made it clear that three different variants of the Surface Phone would be hitting the market: “Consumers,” “Business” and “Prosumer / Enthusiast,” as noted by  Windows Central. Many fans may recollect that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella had shared deals in a letter during July 2015, “We plan to narrow our focus to three customer segments where we can make unique contributions and where we can differentiate through the combination of our hardware and software. We’ll bring business customers the best management, security and productivity experiences they need; value phone buyers the communications services they want; and Windows fans the flagship devices they’ll love.”

At this point in time, it isn’t clear how the three models will be differentiated. But with the three devices targeting three different audiences, the models may possess varied camera arrangements, storage capacities, amongst other features. According to report on Digital Trends, Intel is working along with Microsoft to deliver the x86 apps, the Windows desktop apps, that would be compatible with Surface Phone. This would be another jump for the company in the right direction since the Windows Phones have faced issues with app availability. As earlier reports have pointed out this could be another reason why the Surface Phone would be launching in 2017, since the company intends to make it a “true alternative to a PC.”

Microsoft Surface Phone is expected to hit the market in April 2017. With a good number of months to go more concrete details on all the variants may make their way out. Until then keep checking back for more updates, rumours and speculations. What are your expectations from the Surface Phones? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.