Microsoft is Working on 'Pocketable' Surface Device

Yolanda Curtis
July 2, 2018

Microsoft has been rumoured to be working on a dual-screen Surface device, code-named Andromeda.

Microsoft has been working on a new mysterious Surface device for at least two years. It has been presented in patents, reports, and rumors; has been mentioned in operating systems several times; and has been reported that it will apparently incorporate a dual-screen design. The revelation comes from an internal document obtained by The Verge, though Microsoft hasn't confirmed it. The company hopes it'll create a "new and disruptive" device category which influences the overall Surface roadmap and blurs the lines between PC and mobile.

Another important detail obtained by The Verge is that the display will extend over the length of the front face of the newfangled gadget, and over the hinge when the device is fully open to present a almost seamless single display, as opposed to two separate displays just held together by a single substrate.

Microsoft is also experimenting with stylus input for Andromeda so that the device can be folded over like a book and the pen can be used to capture input.

Unsurprisingly, Microsoft has declined to comment about the latest report, says The Verge.

Presumably, closed mode is where the screens face inward, concave is similar to today's laptop mode, convex is similar to tent mode, flat could be similar to tablet mode where the screens are fully opened to create a larger combined display surface, and full mode could represent both screens facing outward.Modern hybrid laptops today can convert to only laptop, tablet, and tent modes. It appears the company wants people to treat Andromeda as the next big rift in how we use pocket-sized computers.

Microsoft is still developing Andromeda in high secrecy.

Ah, the Surface Phone.

The internal documents say the device is slated for 2018, with some of Microsoft's partner OEM's planning to follow suit with interpretations, much like they have with the mixed reality headsets now on the market.

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