Since the word about the Microsoft Surface phone has got out, tech aficionados are eagerly waiting to witness the next lineup of smartphones coming from the tech giant. Recent whispers are getting loud about the wait that could probably take longer than expected.

According to report on Tech Radar, the Microsoft Surface phone may not be making an appearance this year as was being widely speculated. Instead fans can expect the anticipated device to be making its way out sometime in 2017. While the announcement dates are certainly shrouded in uncertainty,  some reports have predicted that Microsoft would hold off launching the new product until the next big Windows 10 update is ready to be rolled out. And everyone who happens to be keeping tab would know that the next upgrade to the software won’t be released until next year. So, this does sit well with the latest speculation suggesting that the new handset won’t be launched until 2017.

However, the matter over the release date isn’t the only bit that has been garnering attention; it turns out that the Microsoft Surface phone may boast of 3 variants in the lineup as noted by Windows Central. It is reported that the three different models would be divided under “Consumers, “Business” and “Prosumer / Enthusiast.” While there is no concrete information out there on what factors would distinguish one model from another, many would guess that the differentiation could well be based on the pricing and specs such as the storage, processors and even the cameras.

This may remind many of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s letter in July 2015, sharing hardware plans  for the Microsoft Device:

“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.”

Many tech giants have already taken this route of offering two or three different models serving different audiences. However, no other details covering the Surface phone have made it to the public domain yet, so keep watching this space for more and check back for further updates.