SEC filing by Nokia hints at the possibility of a Microsoft Surface phone

by: Ankit BanerjeeMarch 9, 2013

Microsoft Surface phone

We last heard about a possible Microsoft Surface phone around the time the Surface tablet was released, but there was no indication at the time that this smartphone would ever see the light of day. Guess who does think a Surface phone may make its way to consumers soon – Nokia! Yes, the same Nokia that decided to go all-in with the Windows Phone OS, is now worried that Microsoft may be working on a smartphone of its own, or may even ditch Windows Phone entirely.

recent law-mandated risk filing with the SEC by Nokia, which was dug up by ZDNet, states that Nokia is worried that

Microsoft may broaden its strategy to sell other mobile devices under its own brand, including smartphones. This could lead Microsoft to focus more on their own devices and less on mobile devices of other manufacturers that operate on the Windows Phone platform, including Nokia.

Such filings are legally required by the SEC to list out possible business risks to allow investors to make informed decisions. In the similar filing from 2011, Nokia acknowledged the risk of moving from Symbian to Windows Phone. Now, in the latest filing, Nokia says that the risk comes from the possibility that Microsoft may reduce their investment in the OS, or shut it down completely.

The possibility of a Surface arises again in the filing, with Nokia stating that a deteriorating relationship could occur with Microsoft, possible because of influences by other device manufacturers, or if Microsoft decides to build its own hardware, or even move away from the mobile game altogether, leaving Nokia stranded.

Granted, such filings list ALL perceived risks that could occur in a business relationship, but the continuous mention of a Microsoft-made Windows Phone has piqued our interest. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop staid last year that a Surface Phone would be good to stimulate the Windows Phone ecosystem, but obviously made that statement without considering how such a device would affect the company he heads.

Now that the risks have been laid out, how do you think Nokia will react if a Surface phone does become a reality? Is it finally time for Nokia to make a shift to Android? Do you think the disappointing sales of Windows Phone devices will lead to Microsoft giving up on the OS entirely? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • Lowry Brooks

    Never trust Microsoft.

  • Techy

    True story!

  • pedantic

    … has peaked our interest.? edit: … has piqued our interest.

  • moshiko101

    We should keep in mind that this is just a phone. All those small changes are merely cosmetic, tha technology is about the same. But those changes will effect consumers budget.

  • Oh, come. These risk reports have to be done in such a way that they really come up with ALL possible worlds and bad case scenarios, and a Surface phone is conceivable, of course, but that doesn’t mean it’s likely. I’m surprised no one wrote “in case of a zombie apocalypse” in one of those yet…

  • mohdamr1

    Dear Nokia try making two or three android smartphones a year, use raw stock android as an OS so you won’t have a lot of work to do and updates will be easy, use your experience and brand image in durable hardware, cameras and high quality antennas that never have weak reception or dropped calls. Wait and see the profits.


    Wait for all those android smartphone makers whether they are Korean, Chinese, Japanese, European and American companies to have better experience and eat your market share and see your once biggest mobile phone company lose money .

    Common sense Nokia ? Look at Samsung they have android, windows and tizen smartphones in development.

  • I would love to see Nokia join android. That would be the ultimate collaboration. Love the Nokia hardware but only thing keeping me away is my greater love for android.

    • Apa-strophe

      Very well said mate…
      Nokia + Android = Dream come true in mobile technology!!!

  • How come Microsoft could be ditching everything WP if they still have an upgrade path for more than a year ahead? Must be a very too early statement from you writer.. Let’s see what happens closer to the next year. And yeah nokia is fucked anyway.. :)

  • corba

    learning how easily MS ditch XNA,
    and Silverlight,
    and WP7,

    I won’t be surprised if they ditch the entire WP platform in future.

    yep, never trust in MS. ever.

  • donzebe

    Lumia line will always remain top in windows phone. Even though Nokia will like to see the quantity but they prefer quality to quantity that’s why we not going to see a Nokia android phone anytime soon. Quality has been and will remain Nokia goal.

  • APai

    a nokia android phone would be jus perfect!

  • Apa-strophe

    My Dear Nokia, what I wish to say is not just from my perspective but from a Majority chunk of Subcontinental population which is currently using Android based phones by Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC etc…

    There indeed was a time when Nokia was a second name to Mobile phones in Asian subcontinent. And the only reason people shifted to other OSs is due to 2 reasons:

    1. Nokia never realized how ANdroid and iOs grabbed it up from behind

    2. Nokia shifted to Window!!! (Now that was a stunner)

    When laggingin race, Nokia should have resorted to Android… Period!!! (at least it would have been a market grabber considering the brand loyalty Nokia has).

    Even today, if the rumours are true…. Just in case Nokia chooses to go with Android, I wonder if any other company can even stick in the market of Asia…

    Nokia + Android = Dream come true…

    With loadsa love,


    (A mobile market research by profession and an always loyal Nokia follower who’s just distanced away from Nokia for the above reasons)