There is now another reason to believe that Microsoft could soon be launching its long-rumored Surface Phone. A new report fresh from Taiwan is already spilling the beans on the secretive operation that’s being carried out by the Redmond giant for the development of its superior handset. 

On Monday, MSPoweruser obtained information from The Commercial Times of Taiwan about the Surface Phone’s whereabouts. According to the Taiwanese publication, the Surface Phone has already entered trial production under ODM Pegatron, the same company that manufactures Apple’s iPhones and Microsoft’s Surface Studio. 

No other pertinent information was provided by the publication. What’s only clear for now is that the Surface Phone could arrive some time next year or in early 2018. Knowing that Microsoft is already conducting trial productions is already a good sign that the handset could be arriving no later than 2018. 

For consumers who are still wondering why the Surface Phone is taking a lot of time to make, Ubergizmo says the reason behind this has to do with Microsoft’s desire to offer the “ultimate mobile device” when it launches its new flagship smartphone. There are already speculations that this smartphone is going to be capable of running x86 apps on Continuum mode. 

The news about the Surface Phone entering trial production comes less than a week after Microsoft CEO Natya Nadella opened up on how the company is planning to make a spectacular comeback in the smartphone scene. 

“We don’t want to be driven by just envy of what others have, the question is what can we bring? That’s where I look at any device form factor or any technology, even AI,” Nadella said. “We will continue to be in the phone market not as defined by today’s market leaders, but by what it is that we can uniquely do in what is the most ultimate mobile device.”

Nadella’s recent statement paved the way for fans to believe that the “ultimate mobile device” the CEO mentioned in the interview was actually referring to the Surface Phone.