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Microsoft files a patent for a dual-screen phone

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Microsoft files a patent for a dual-screen phone
A new Microsoft patent application hints at something we could probably see in the future: a dual-screen device with a detachable display, and content changing dynamically on one of the screens depending on the other. The two screens offer separate functions and one practical implementation of the second screen could be as a remote control for the larger display. 
Microsoft files a patent for a dual-screen phone
The whole package still looks big in comparison to today's razor-thin smartphones, but the added functionality of actually having a functional second screen while talking seems like a big advantage. When you don't use it, you can put the additional screen in the dedicated cradle, so it doesn't get in your way.

This would have been just another concept having no grounds in reality a couple of months ago, but with devices like the dual-screen Kyocera Echo and the upcoming Sony S2 tablet, this Microsoft concept seems much closer to becoming real than before.


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posted on 11 Jul 2011, 03:16 2

1. snowgator (Posts: 3287; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


This seems like a way more useful concept than a hinged dual screen. Very imaginative.

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 03:33 3

2. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 862; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


It is interesting to see where they are going to go with this... Cant wait for Mango.

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 05:20

3. xenover (Posts: 174; Member since: 27 May 2011)


what happened to the nano phone that you could fold around your hand?

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 06:02

4. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Still being worked on

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 06:45

5. drew88 (unregistered)


Whether this is a concept done by a Nokia engineer developing solutions for WP7 remains a mystery to me.

Not a Nokia fanboy but it is possible especially knowing that Nokia engineers are hard at work internally developing and overhauling Windows Phone OS.

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 09:35 1

6. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)


I hope Nokia is not overahauling the Windows Phone OS, I like it too much to change it dramatically even if they have to differentiate themselves...

Love the concept MS is asking to patent here!

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 11:16 1

7. adp (unregistered)


I can immediately see a functional use for this dual screen concept: GPS Navigation! I can't stand leaving the GPS app to get to email, or text, or phone call, then missing your next exit.

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 15:34

8. notsofunnynow (unregistered)


i thought apple patented the world patent...?

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 16:12

9. Phoneguy007 (Posts: 218; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)


wow thats cool!!

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