Microsoft to showcase a 'phone-laptop hybrid' at its Windows 10 event tomorrow

Microsoft to showcase a 'phone-laptop hybrid' at its Windows 10 event tomorrow
Microsoft will make presenting its new Windows 10 platform a whole-day event tomorrow, and will speak how it shares a common kernel, and will scale up for any device - from 5" smartphones, to tablets, laptops and perhaps even TVs - so that developers can write one app that will work across the whole information and entertainment ecosystem.

To bring the point home, however, it seems that Microsoft is preparing to showcase a form factor we've thought to be long forgotten - a "phone-laptop hybrid." This could very well mean handset with slide-out QWERTY keyboard, geared towards business users, from the type we've seen in droves during the WinMo days, and even in the early days of Android. Naturally, with the advancements in mobile screens and processors, such a device can now be made extremely thin and light, so we can't wait to see what Microsoft has in store for us tomorrow, both on the software, and on the hardware side of things.

source: TheInformation via WMPU

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46 Comments

1. GuyWolfe

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 31, 2014

For me, this is the dream.

10. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

For me I want this to be a reality:). I hope they'll deliver something awesome.

23. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

A dream come true if this is true

26. muser793

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

damn we need this right now :(

2. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

I'm excited to see this, but too bad it's for Windows. Well not really, it's a great platform, I'm just not fond of the app stores lack of apps.

6. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

>I'm just not fond of the app stores lack of apps. It does NOT lack apps. It lacks first party apps.

8. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Nope. It does lack several banking and gaming apps. Also, the apps that are available are of poor quality with several of them not receiving updates for months.

18. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

>It does lack several banking and gaming apps. First party are responsible for this. >The apps that are available are of poor quality with several of them not receiving updates for months. I can agree to an extent.I think the market share that WP has keeps discouraging developers interest in the platform.

19. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

most apps are just mobile version of websites. in wp you can pin websites in your homescreen and use it as an app. if its true ms will release hybrid phone/laptop then android/ios will be the one which has no appzz and gamezzz just imagine dolphin, pcsx2, nds in your smartphone,

35. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Us old farts call them "bookmarks".

36. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

There is a huge difference between a real app and a link to a mobile website.

39. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Enlighten us. Explain the differences for WP, Android, iOS and BlackBerry. Go ahead, I'll wait.

42. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

The ability to use them offline. Example: Android BBC app on airplane: 54 news stores to read Link to mobile website on airplane: error message

43. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

News flash, IE 10 had had offline reading available since the launch of Windows Phone 8 back in 2012. You mean Android doesn't have offline viewing? So much for 1 million apps if they're useless as tits on a bull. Try again.

44. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

News Flash: I have a Windows Phone (actually two). Internet Explorer, as it is installed on my phone, does not save websites for viewing offline. None of the 3rd party apps (which are just links to m.bbc.com with extra adds) have allowed that either. Instead they display: "We can't desplay this page right now"

40. sgodsell

Posts: 6855; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

"just imagine dolphin, pcsx2, nds in your smartphone," No need to wait for WP to have these items, when you already have dolphin, pcsx2, nds and more running on Android smartphones already.

11. Saioofi

Posts: 336; Member since: May 23, 2014

30. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

MFST may be adding apk compatibility to windows. key word: May Be.... hope it does, though.

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Windows 10 should be free.

4. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

We are talking about Windows 'Phone' 10 here.

9. sam_tek

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 18, 2011

Actually no! The whole point of Windows 10 is that you no longer have Windows 10 and Windows Phone 10! At least that's what I thought!

12. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Yes they will be merged. But he was taking about W10 to be free. This article is about a Windows Phone+Laptop hybrid (basically a smartphone).

17. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yes, that's correct. It would be free for WP but should also be free for laptops. And they are going to merge it then it should be only Windows 10 whether its a laptop, phone or a hybrid.

5. shaineql

Posts: 521; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

This is the dream. Im an android fan , but if they do some heavy windows 10 / wp 10 integration im willing to try lumias. For example controling pc without additional software / synced notifications ..

7. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

>Synced Notifications Isn't it already there?

33. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Yes it is. In the windows 10 preview my notifications come in just like on my phone, if I have both apps. I believe this happens even on win8. However I have not used win8 now since they day of win10 preview.

13. walkman800

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

I miss this form-factor

14. mixedfish

Posts: 1544; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Run x86 .exe legacy apps, and you have my money.

15. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Just ask Asus about their top specced Zenfone 2 and Lenovo to collab w/ a design like this:-http://www.phonearena.com/news/Lenovo-posts-​its-Pocket-Yoga-Windows-8RT-concept-that-never-was​-asks-for-your-opinion_id36710 ~then call that a day. Or maybe not just yet make W10 for this thing to be able to run faster than fast too.

20. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

there is rumors cherry trail will be used in smartphone too, if it is true then i can see many smartphone from asus, lenovo, acer, dell and other pc patner. these guys they know how to deal with x86 compare to like of htc, huawei blu and other phone oem

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