Microsoft has already realised that the immediate future
of smartphones is likely to go the folding way, and the company
is developing the so-called Surface Phone. The foldable
phones-tablet certainly makes sense given the fact that the
idea of regular smartphones is reaching the peak of its
capabilities. While some Android handsets
have opted for notched and bezel-less ‘innovative’
designs, Microsoft is thinking about a new device category.
A Microsoft enthusiast today published a new concept which
imagines the Surface Phone that will work as both a Windows
10-powered smartphone and a tablet, thanks to a folding screen
and hinge. The concept replicates Microsoft patents and the
imagines innovative form factors including entirely-closed
book-like mode, tablet mode and tent mode.
Of course, these being just concept, this entire conceptual
Surface Phone may never even see the light of day, and the
actual device if launched would be completely different to what
we’re seeing here.
The focus of the concept appears to be the software,
Windows Core OS. The talented designer Harry Dohyun
Kim says that the device is powered by a fully modular
platform (Windows Core OS), and the concept imagines the
adaptive user interface, unique input methods and scalable app
Harry says that the concept is a work-in-progress and this
is a teaser for “something greater”.
We’re likely to see an actual foldable phone-tablet from
Microsoft soon, and the company is said to be closest to
completion of its Andromeda mobile device with Windows Core OS.
Microsoft’s long-rumoured Andromeda
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has already confirmed that the
software giant is working on a revolutionary and ultimate
mobile device with Windows 10. The Redmond-based tech giant is
reportedly working on a foldable device that has already been
seen in the patents and it’s codenamed Andromeda, but
often referred to as Surface Phone.
One of the latest patent of Microsoft’s foldable mobile device
revealed how software giant would be able to determine
which one of the two screens is in use. The company is
basically using a wide array of sensors to determine the
viewpoint of the user, and if the user is looking at one
screen, the system will turn off the second screen to save
battery. For example, if the device is used in mobile mode, it
certainly makes sense to keep the second screen off. The
displays are the main battery hogs in today’s life.
It appears that the software giant would use sensors including
the accelerometer to calculate the angle of the screens. Such a
device would make sense on a foldable mobile device, and it’s
likely that the patented technology could become part of
Andromeda before it enters the mass-production at some point in
With Andromeda, Microsoft is not only building an innovative
device, but also creating a reference device to inspire other
OEMs to follow and do even better. For example,
Dell is already working on a dual-screen device with hinge
codenamed Januss and it could be unveiled later this year
when Windows Core OS is ready.
Microsoft applied the same strategy for the original Surface
2-in-1 laptops, and that definitely worked in software