Since the past year, the rumor mill has been claiming that Microsoft is working on a Surface branded smartphone. Fresh information on the Microsoft Surface Phone suggests that the company is working on its three variants. Speculations also indicate that the Surface Phone will be unleashed to the world by the first quarter of 2017.

Weibo, a Chinese microblogging website, that has now become a frequent source for leaked information on upcoming smartphones has revealed that the Surface Phone will be available in three models that will sport different hardware configurations. However, all the variants will be powered by the same Snapdragon 830 chipset, Mobi Picker reported.

The base model of the Microsoft Surface Phone will be powered by 3 GB of RAM and it will feature a native storage of 32 GB. The second model will be featuring 6 GB of RAM and an internal storage of 128 GB. The highest configuration model is expected to include high-end specs like 8 GB of RAM and 500 GB of inbuilt storage.

According to Windows Central, the three variants of Surface Phone will be aimed towards three kinds of consumers such as general users, prosumer and enterprise. The publication also reported that the Surface Phone release date is rumored to happen in early 2017.

Rumors are rife that Continuum will be the major feature of the Surface Phone. Through this feature, users can connect their Windows 10 Mobile smartphone to a display to get a full-fledged PC experience. Currently, this feature is supported by limited Microsoft smartphones like Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL.

Microsoft has not confirmed whether it is working on a Surface branded smartphone. Since its Surface branded 2-in-1 devices have received overwhelming response from the audience, rumors suggest that Microsoft will be killing its Lumia series smartphones to introduce Surface branded smartphones.