Microsoft patent application shows metallic Surface Phone body doubling as the antenna

Microsoft patent application shows metallic Surface Phone body doubling as the antenna
Since the beginning of the year, we have seen a few Microsoft patent applications that were said to feature the mythical Surface Phone. The latest such patent application was published on Thursday, even though it had been filed with the USPTO back in February 2016. The patent, entitled "Cover of Device Acting as Antenna of the Device" shows a metallic built handset. As the title of the patent suggests, the metallic cover doubles as the antenna.

Because the handset would apparently swing around a hinge positioned in the center of the device, users would not cause interference or the "detuning" that happens when their hands touch the antenna while in the process of using the handset. When this "detuning" occurs, signal strength dominoes downward and corporate chieftains complain that consumers are holding their phones incorrectly. 

The man behind the patent application, Antti Karilainen, is an antenna and RF expert who has worked on a few antenna and mobile based projects at Microsoft. One revolved around the use of different mobile antennas for future form factors.

While any Surface Phone has been subject to radio silence out of Redmond, the patent applications are telling a different story. Some believe that if there is a Surface Phone on the horizon, we might not see it unveiled until late 2018-early 2019.


source: WIPO via MSPoweruser

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10 Comments

1. rsiders

Posts: 1886; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I wish Microsoft would just come out and plainly say if they're making a Surface Phone or not. I'll stay on Android u til then.

2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Won't matter if they don't fix Windows Phone 10.

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

They just dont care with WP. All they want is making patents, the hardware is just for their implementation

6. Subie

Posts: 2295; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

It's called Windows 10 mobile. Now your comment's been fixed ;)

5. Bankz

Posts: 2491; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Exactly. They should just say something ffs. I would drop android at the sound of the bell once they indeed drop a surface phone.

4. mr.rish

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 15, 2016

The surface phone is dead or life, everybody needs to get this question for choosing the new or next smart phone...

7. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

folks there is hope a New Microsoft Windows smart phone will appear because 1=Microsoft is testing a physical mobile device in house 2=Microsoft execs including MS CEO Nadella says Microsoft will make a smart phone that does not look like one that is out there NOW. Microsoft is working on a new Windows10 OS code name "Andromeda" that will work on multple size devices including Windows smart phones. I think by 2018 this NEW OS will replace Windows 10 mobile. I guess it's app will be the UWP apps that are used on the Windows 10 Desktop PC store. In short a New Windows smart phone is coming with a New Operating system. I guess it will appear in 2018.

8. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Folks Windows 10 mobile is not dead it's been put in the feature 2 department and will get bug fixes, security patches and from time to time new features but When the Windows 10 "Andromeda" OS is ready it will be retired.

9. auravolga

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 02, 2017

crap WP

10. fyah_king unregistered

I'm happy with my alcatel idol 4s Windows 10 phone.

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