Did Microsoft receive another patent for the Surface Phone?

Did Microsoft receive another patent for the Surface Phone?
Back in January, Microsoft was granted a patent for a 2-in-1-device that folded from a phone into a tablet and vice versa. Since the patent was awarded to Microsoft, some people jumped to conclusions and determined that this was the mythical Surface Phone. This past week, Microsoft received a new patent for a foldable handset, and once again there are rumors that it is related to the long awaited, mythical Surface Phone.

A foldable Surface Phone would face some stiff competition from Samsung and LG. The latest rumor has Samsung ready to release thousands of prototypes to carriers and retailers during the third quarter of this year, which incidentally is when the next batch of Apple iPhone units might be released. The foldable Samsung model would be an ultra-luxury device according to those in the know. That could mean that the 10th anniversary Apple iPhone 8 won't be the only handset priced in the $1,000 range this year. LG, for its part, received three patents from the USPTO this past January for a foldable phone that turns into a tablet.

Microsoft has given up producing Lumia devices, leaving it up to companies like HP to keep Windows 10 Mobile alive with powerful enterprise based models like the HP Elite x3. At the same time, there has been talk of a Windows 10 Pro powered phone that would use Intel processors. Such a handset would run desktop apps, and would be a handheld version of the PC. What the Surface Pro did for tablets, the Surface Phone would do for smartphones.

The new Microsoft patent is called Display Device, and was awarded to Microsoft Technology Licensing. The two inventors are Timothy Andrew Large and Steven Bathitche. The U.S. patent number is US2017/0086308 A1, and you can see a couple of images from the patent by tapping on the slideshow below.


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12 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The Surface Phone hype has just been intensified by this patent. Go, Microsoft!

3. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1095; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I feel like this will be a race between Microsoft and Samsung for a 2-in-1 Phone Tablet Hybrid. Which I'm all for

2. Landon

Posts: 1247; Member since: May 07, 2015

I'm excited to see these foldable phones come to fruition. However, I feel like the battery tech would need to improve drastically in order for these devices to last longer than 8 hours on a single charge.

4. MattPerkins1

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 25, 2017

Its basically another fail in the making.

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Unfortunately, patents hardly mean anything... Manufacturers file for patents all the time... But in any case, this is a good indication that MS doesn't intent to pull the plug and end the life support of W10M anytime soon...! Good news, I suppose... Oh well, G'Day!

6. Derekjeter

Posts: 1546; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Patents don't mean s**t!! They are the same as prototype cars in auto shows. You will never see them in production.

7. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Is that supposed to be a phone? It looks like a tablet converting into a laptop... Still cool though! Maybe a future Surface Book.

8. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

This patent system in USA is totally wrong. It serves the rich people and companies. You just THINK for something and patented it. You do not have a clue how to build it or with what materials, but you have patent for it. And after time, when real people, real companies, with hard work and genius decision build it, you came to sue them. Totally Apple style. Same are Microsoft, IBM etc.

9. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

DOA like every single phone that MS ever made.

10. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I use a Window smartphone I do not want an Android or Apple iphone despite the so called apps gap. comparing the hands size to the screen size this device is not a Smart phone because it wont fit into a person's pocket. i do think some people will buy enough of them to make them worth having made for sale. there are few Tablets in the world with a smart phone embedded in them. since Microsoft Wants to make new breakaway products their OEM partners do not this one is fits that bill I would buy one because I do not like working with tiny smart phone screens i am not alone ether

11. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

hmm this device to me looks like small hand held Tablet a replacement for the killed "Surface mini" Tablet. There is a rumor that Microsoft will debut full Windows 10 on ARMS CPU's devices this spring that may have LTE capability with E-sims. The original Surface mini was killed because it used Windows RT that was going to be discontinued and did not seem a product people would buy. however with the new Microsoft X86 emulation software ARMS CPU's can run full Windows 10 Desktop PC software. I predict a full Windows 10 on ARMS CPU Laptop with LTE and and ARMS CPU Surface mini hand held Tablet will debut in April. It would be nice if the New Surface mini could have Windows 10 mobile smart phone capability to make it a more useful small hand held Tablet/smart phone hybrid. this would be a handy device to have for a lot of people

12. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

the size of the hands compared to the device in this patent's images indicate to me Microsoft is considering making a fold-able Surface "Mini" Tablet. whether or not it has a Windows 10 mobile smart phone inside the case is speculative however if Microsoft combines Windows 10 on ARMS CPU software and it's Windows 10 Mobile software. Microsoft could produce a Surface Mini tablet that runs Windows 10 mobile smartphone Apps, UWP Apps and full desktop PC x86 win32 programs

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