Since late last year, a number of patents obtained by Microsoft told the story of a dual screen foldable device codenamed Andromeda. The most recent leak involved API code that was found in a Windows 10 update that revealed five pre-set positions for the dual screens. This means that different applications could be displayed on the screens depending on whether the two displays are in tent mode, full mode (or tablet mode), concave or convex mode, or are shut closed.
A report published today cites an internal Microsoft document as saying that this eagerly awaited product is "...a new pocketable Surface device form factor that brings together innovative new hardware and software experiences to create a truly personal and versatile computing experience." Microsoft adds that the new mobile Surface product will be "new and disruptive."
The current rumor has Andromeda getting unveiled later this year, and the device is expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 1000 chip. According to today's report, engineering samples of what some have called the 'Surface Phone' resemble previously disseminated renders produced by David Breyer. These images are based on some of the patents awarded to Microsoft that were released last year.
Microsoft is keeping mum, which is the smart thing considering what's at stake. Some people with knowledge of what Microsoft has up its sleeve say that when the Andromeda device is unveiled, it will have the same impact on the mobile industry as the original Apple iPhone did when it was unveiled on January 9th, 2007.