Microsoft's foldable 'Surface Phone' could be back in play

Microsoft's foldable 'Surface Phone' could be back in play
The foldable Microsoft device that was dubbed "Project Andromeda" and believed to be the Surface Phone, was put on hold last summer by Microsoft. But a recent patent published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) spotted by Windows United (via MSPoweruser) focuses on the hinge that could be used on the device. The hinge will allow the Surface Phone to be used like a laptop in landscape orientation; one display on top would be used as the screen with the bottom display used as a virtual QWERTY keyboard.

The hinge also allows the display to rotate a full 360 degrees, and lets the user turn the device into a mobile phone. An illustration that was part of the patent application shows how a user can open the fold just a tad to see notifications and reminders. In general, the illustrations show how complex the hinge is, something that can be deduced just by reading some of the application.


Late last year technology writer Brad Sams said that Microsoft's plan is to release the foldable product near the end of this year. However, Sams says that it will be larger than previous renders showed, and may not be pocketable after all. Still, if the device offer telephonic capabilities and uses a version of Windows 10, it could be a big hit for the gang in Redmond.

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15 Comments

1. mr.rish

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 15, 2016

Ooooww, yes, this device is fantastic

2. swarai

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 07, 2014

...but Microsoft's mobile OS is terrible

3. lyndon420

Posts: 6600; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

We need one more big player in this game. A dual boot device (Microsoft/Android) would be sweet. Or ms has a new killer mobile operating system to unveil.

11. miketer

Posts: 505; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Exactly the opposite. It's one of the smoothest OS money can buy. Maybe you meant to say about the app ecosystem.

12. Plutonium239

Posts: 1178; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

It's unlikely they would try to revive windows mobile at this point. It would probably be just full windows 10 or a dual boot with Android. This device would likely be aimed at businesses.

4. rsiders

Posts: 1898; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Microsoft was years ahead of everybody and yet hear we are still talking about rumors and patents. I'll believe when they announce it and I can touch it.

8. rsiders

Posts: 1898; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Here.smh at autocorrect

5. frequency

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

This is a totally talented design, not like Sammy always puts their immature technology to market. Microsoft has a heart. Whenever it's available, I'll buy it.

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6600; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

This device could very likely be rocking a Samsung display.

7. frequency

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

then Sammy's paid fans will also cry and bully around that Microsoft steals Sammy's technology.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7031; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Oh, something like you who you complain about Samsung's always puts their immature technology to market. Hmm, seems to me that Samsung, is the one with an actual device. Microsoft still has to prove themselves, especially when this is still a rumor. Also if you owned any Lumia flagship devices in the past, and they were OLED displays. Where do you think those displays came from. It was Samsung.

13. Nionx

Posts: 188; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

JUST DO IT!!!!! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, MAN AND PHYSICS!!! DO IT!!!!

16. Vokilam

Posts: 1150; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I would love another alternative

17. Opus1

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 09, 2015

Ten years more of waiting, for how many years they already promising?

18. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

folks the first foldable screen Mini Tablet rumored to debut later this year from Microsoft is said to be a "Centaurus" device which is about the size of Microsoft's 2010 "Courier" non pocket-able folding 2 touch screen Tablet. This device is said to run the "Santorini" OS a form of the Windows "lite" operating system. it will run Windows 10 store Apps, PWA apps & may be some X86 Win32 PC programs. It could "ALSO" use the hinge described in this patent. there are no indications "Centaurus devices will have a built in 4/5 G cell phone although many Microsoft soft fans want it to have one

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