In recent years Microsoft has scaled back its efforts and left the way clear for iOS and Android to dominate the smartphone market, but every now and again we get hints that the company is to the market.
Well we've now got more evidence that there is indeed a new Windows 10 Mobile device on the way - podcaster and seasoned Microsoft watcher (opens in new tab) says a new "mobile-like" prototype handset is being tested and is currently "floating around corporate offices".
What we don't have are any details on specs or design, and it's not certain that we're talking about a phone or a tablet (opens in new tab) - it's just that a new phone would make more sense considering that's the gap Microsoft needs to plug in its line-up.
How about the HoloPhone?
Interestingly enough, Sams says the device is not being developed by Microsoft's Surface division but by a team headed up by Alex Kipman, who's in charge of . Could the new phone have a strong emphasis on AR/VR when it arrives?
That would certainly make sense in the light of and coming to iOS 11, but for now it's mostly a guessing game. It does seem increasingly likely, though, that Microsoft is getting ready for a mobile return in one form or another.
Apparently the new device is still buggy and needs a lot of work, but Microsoft is planning to position it at the premium end of the market. We probably won't see anything before 2018 at the earliest, but we've collected all the rumours on Microsoft's next flagship phone .