Microsoft's rumored foldable Surface may have just appeared in a new patent

Microsoft's rumored foldable Surface may have just appeared in a new patent

Microsoft's rumored foldable Surface may have just appeared in a new patent

Microsoft has always been rumored to work on a Surface Phone, but so far, we have no official words on it.

Microsoft has filed a patent for a foldable dual-screen notebook which is quite like the companys "Courier" concept - a booklet PC which was first reported in 2008 and then cancelled in 2010.

While those renders gave use a pretty good look at the device and how Microsoft expects us to use it, they were not exactly detailed, unlike the image above, which hails from the extended patent filling and clearly shows that Microsoft is not simply doodling on a napkin, but has detailed plans for the device, similar to the Surface Studio patents which leaked well before the device came to market. There's even a drawing in the patent filing of what this might look like.

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The description relates to hinged devices, such as hinged computing devices... Further, the patent also shows a small mobile-type device being used with a keyboard, something like a mini-laptop.

The hinge would allow the two screens, when lined up, to make up a single display with no bezel in between. We do not know if the tech giant plans on forming a new OS for it on just tinkering the existing one to play with it nicely. In October, Windows Central revealed that the company is prototyping a foldable hardware, which focuses on a Pen and digital inking along with having telephony capabilities.

Microsoft Store has an "App Hub" for Windows 8828080 (Surface Andromeda) and the Store page contains apps designed for phones.

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Another interesting element from the patent is the suggestion that the two glass sides can be folded, with the radius of the edges eliminating the fold, but clearly leaving a dip or crease. According to a report published today, the device will run a special Windows 10 version codenamed Andromeda.

The handful of fans anticipating a Microsoft "Surface Phone" should brace themselves for disappointment.

We have no idea when the Galaxy X is coming, but it might have decent company soon after its release. The form factor of the current smartphones comes with a limitation - i.e., the display can't be extended without increasing the size of the phone.

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