Code in latest Windows 10 SDK references ARM flavored folding Surface Phone?

Code in latest Windows 10 SDK references ARM flavored folding Surface Phone?
Since late last year, we have passed along a number of Microsoft patents related to a folding device that reportedly runs on a special version of Windows 10 called Andromeda OS. The patents point to a tablet that folds into a smartphone. There is speculation that this is the long-awaited Microsoft Surface Phone, a product whose existence has reached a myth-like status.

Apparently hidden away inside the latest Windows 10 SDK (Windows 10 17672 SDK) is code that mentions the Andromeda OS. Windows tipster WalkingCat, who previously discovered a list of phone-only apps hidden away in the Windows Store that are linked to the Andromeda OS, discovered the code. There are some tantalizing clues; it appears that Andromeda OS will support both ARM and X86 CPUs, although the actual device will be powered by ARM flavored processors.

According to the code, the Andromeda OS is listed internally as "Factory OS Andromeda" and the code even mentions the actual device. Some of the patents we passed along were hinge-related and it appears that much work has been done on that part of the product. Earlier rumors mentioned magnets that would appear on both sides of the unit's spine to help it fold. The foldable Surface device will reportedly be able to fold into various positions named tablet mode, tent mode, laptop mode, and folded mode. A special note taking app will allow users to write on the two screens as though he/she were jotting down information into a regular paper notebook.

Earlier this month, a patent application filed by Microsoft revealed the use of a thin "hinge" screen that would be placed between two larger screens. With this third screen in place, the device would give the illusion of having one large display when in "Tablet mode."

The code found on the SDK also contains references to WindowsCoreOS, which turns Windows 10 into a modular platform, and Polaris. The latter is a version of C-Shell that puts a desktop shell on top of WindowsCoreOS.

Where there is smoke, there's fire. And it seems that the clues supporting a foldable Surface device are red hot. The big question is whether this will indeed be the Surface Phone.


source: @h0x0d

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9 Comments

1. fsnas

Posts: 122; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

Excitement at its best!

2. mikedemoda

Posts: 124; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

i see Microsoft never ceases to make flop phones... this will fall right in line next to the Essential, Razer and RED

5. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Lol ah, the unique phones. So glad I'm not a fan of monotony. Ordered a RED Hydrogen and using an Essential phone in the interim! The Essential phone has actually been super smooth and good, and I got a chance to check out the RED Hydrogen in person already and can't wait to get it!

6. SIGPRO

Posts: 2806; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

How do you know, can you predict the future?

8. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

@SIGPRO Who needs prediction if the current situation shows how windows is suffering on mobile division?

3. miketer

Posts: 472; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Imagine a folded phone that opens up and runs desktop apps, runs the CRM software of the Co. I work for. Now that would be great.

4. Klinton

Posts: 1407; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Microsoft to make such folding phone must have folding display technology. Right? But they don't have. Apple don't have it too. So let's see who could invent and make first such a display, and to be good, practical and usable one? Can you guess? And who make it, will make the first phone- and yes , can make codes too.

7. mootu

Posts: 1269; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Don't say only Samsung can make it. LG has been showing off foldable and rollable displays at trade shows for at least the last 3 years. I wouldn't be suprised if JDI has something up their sleeves as well. Then there's BOE the Chinese display manufacturer who provide Huawei's OLED panels. They already have foldable displays.

9. Khyron

Posts: 396; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

if MS could bring back the smooth UX of windows 8.1 software wise the UX that Google's software is lacking with such a great hardware then you will get My money MS

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