Microsoft’s new patent is about a mobile device with reduced dead border

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Microsoft is working on a dual-screen Andromeda mobile and the
company has patented several technologies that could be
implemented in such a device. First spotted by us, Microsoft’s
latest patent titled “Electronic device having a reduced dead
border” is about a mobile computing device with reduced bezels.

The patent was published by USPTO on August 21 and
it was filed by Microsoft back in 2016. The patent is about the
electronic devices (mobile or tablet) with a reduced dead

“Display modules are used in various electronic devices, such
as portable or mobile devices. Such devices may have a
significant dead border, i.e. the area from outer edges of the
device to the active area of the display module. The dead
border may be formed by the inactive area of the display
module, often referred to as black matrix, the mechanics around
the display module, and any screen printing of the window
covering the display module,” Microsoft writes in the
background section of the patent.

Microsoft has explained the patented device below:

“An electronic device having two or more opposing sides is
disclosed. The electronic device may comprise a display module
having a width and a length, a window on the display module,
and a frame at least partly surrounding the display module. The
frame may comprise, at two or more opposing sides of the
electronic device, a side portion and an upper portion on an
upper side of the electronic device, the upper portion
extending a determined distance from the side portion towards
the opposing side of the electronic device and ending at an
inner edge of the upper portion, and the inner edge of the
upper portion defining an opening having a width smaller than
the width of the display module. The display module may have an
active area and an inactive area adjacent to the active area
and at the periphery of the display module.

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“The display module may be disposed within the frame so that at
least a part of the inactive area is disposed below and covered
by the upper portion of the frame, at least a part of the
active area being visible through the opening, and the window
may be disposed in the opening.”

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