Microsoft patents another interesting foldable Windows 10 device

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Microsoft Surface Phone
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Microsoft is reportedly working on a foldable tablet called
Andromeda, and the company has already applied for several
patents for such a device. In the past few months, the patents
confirmed that the Andromeda will feature two displays, hinge
and a
interesting camera tech.

A new Microsoft patent published yesterday shows off another
foldable device with a dual display and hinge setup, but
interestingly there’s a third display on the hinge itself.
Microsoft in the patent filing explains that the screen surface
of the hinge could display certain information “that is coupled
to other screen regions”.

“For instance, a state of a hinge that is coupled between a
first screen region and a second screen region may be
determined. Information that is to be displayed on a third
screen region that is provided on the hinge may be determine
based at least in part on the state of the hinge,” Microsoft
explains in a patent application.

It is worth noting that Microsoft filed the patent on November
9, 2016.

The information that is to be displayed on the third screen
(hinge region) could be virtual control, notifications,
time, and messages or call. Such a hinge would make sense when
the device is in laptop form factor with one display being
located on a surface of an object.

People with knowledge of the matter said Microsoft has been
working for quite some time on Andromeda with dual display and
hinge setup, which is similar to the Microsoft
Courier concept.

Microsoft could announce the Andromeda later this year, and the
company could also share new information on Windows Core OS.
While the company has remained completely tight-lipped on the
project, more information could still emerge in the coming
months.



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