API shows that Microsoft's rumored 'Surface Phone' will have five different pre-set positions?

API shows that Microsoft's rumored 'Surface Phone' will have five different pre-set positions?
Based on an API found in the diff of Windows Build 17704 (compared to an earlier version of the OS), it appears that the foldable 'Surface Phone' will feature hinges that will allow the device to rotate 360 degrees. Apparently there will be five different pre-set positions including closed (with the dual screens facing each other inward), concave, convex, tent mode, and full. Certain applications would be available on the unit depending on how it is oriented. Previous patents showed an alarm clock while the phone is in tent mode, and in convex mode one of the screens could show a virtual QWERTY similar to the setup of a laptop (although a laptop uses a physical QWERTY, of course).

The latest rumors suggest that the mobile device codenamed Andromeda does offer the ability to make phone calls, and that it will be launched some time this year. Reportedly, the device will be powered by the Snapdragon 1000 chipset. This is believed to be a powerful chip designed by Microsoft and Qualcomm to compete with Intel's Y and U processor series.

Some believe that Microsoft is feeling the pressure to get this device out as soon as possible considering that we expect to see Samsung's long awaited foldable Galaxy smartphone unveiled next February at MWC.


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5 Comments

1. bucky

Posts: 3778; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Looks interesting. But without proper software and apps, it will fail unfortunately. Id love for MS to make a strong push for the third major mobile OS.

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The problem with this device is that while it will most likely offer something revolutionary and useful to people, I doubt that users will want to spend the kind of money necessary to own such a device. Even the foldable Galaxy X is supposed to cost north of $1500. That’s a niche device in of itself, but Samsung isn’t needing it to be their massive seller. Microsoft, on the other hand, needs people to own the Surface Phone to show they can make a comeback within the smartphone market. I just have doubts that this will be deemed successful, even if it brings with it some very cool features.

3. Xtraflossy

Posts: 31; Member since: Mar 13, 2018

The real question is how big is this going to be. Too big for a phone = laptop/tablet usefull, or to too small = no different then just using a windows phone and not large enough for real productivity.

5. rkoforever90

Posts: 435; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

Moderate success will be good for them but this is how smartphones will be in the next decade .But most likely in typical Microsoft fashion they will pull the plug after two iteration ans then Samsung and apple will copy all ita features and make successful products out of it

4. joey18

Posts: 666; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

maybe android phone

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