Microsoft's rumored folding tablet shows up in renders

Microsoft's rumored folding tablet shows up in renders
Is it possible that Microsoft is about to hit the mobile market with a hot new product? Late last week, we showed you images from a patent application filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The device shown in the application is a tablet that can fold in various ways such as tablet mode, tent mode, laptop mode, and folded mode. It morphs from having one large screen into a device with two smaller displays. It also is said to have telephonic features, and runs on a special version of Windows 10 codenamed Andromeda.

The tablet uses an intricate hinge with mechanical parts and magnets in order to fold open and close. Microsoft's new Windows Shell, CShell, will be able to make the proper adjustments on the fly, no matter which mode the tablet is in. The folding tablet would seem to be aimed at enterprise users and possibly even students. A dedicated app offered with the device will allow those with the tablet to fold it into two side-by-side screens and write on the displays as though they were using a regular notebook.Since the folding tablet can be manipulated into the form of a smartphone, some believe that the device is actually the long awaited Surface Phone.

We have no idea when, or if, this product will be mass produced. We do expect to see Samsung's foldable Galaxy X device unveiled next year, possibly as soon as next month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

This morning, designer David Breyer tweeted a series of renders showing the device. You can check them out by clicking on the slideshow below.


source: @D_Breyer via SlashGear

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16 Comments

1. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

Where's the camera lens?

2. rsiders

Posts: 1970; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Please be real. I would consider this highly with a few exceptions but I'm not sacrificing the app ecosystem of Android for Windows app store. Can't wait to finally see the real thing.

10. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Ever head of BlueStacks? It allows you to run Android apps on Windows. Works great even with games.

12. rsiders

Posts: 1970; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I've heard of it but never really looked into it but if that's the case that would be the golden ticket for me. I would definitely need apps like Uber/Lyft (the ones for drivers) and a few other must have. So does this allow you to run Android apps or just give you the full access to the Play Store? That would be pretty awesome.

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5718; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Works decently well for beefy desktops, but can cause laptops to throttle (and thus phones too) Microsoft need to get devs to port their apps natively, otherwise performance and battery life will be very poor

16. TerryD

Posts: 553; Member since: May 09, 2017

Bluestacks is a bit rubbish. I tried it for a while but its far too slow.

3. techbuttcheex

Posts: 204; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

lol it looks so stupid. the hingle isn't seamless at all.

8. jphiller87

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

That's like saying 5 years ago phones looked stupid because they weren't bezeless...it takes time.

4. Peacetoall unregistered

windows 10 is still half baked and niche compared to windows 7. hope microsoft do something about ugly windows 10 bloated user interface.

6. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Thank you! I always get attacked when i say the same. I personally miss windows 7. I only updated for Direct X 12.

5. Phullofphil

Posts: 1818; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I halve always said for a long time that they should make the keyboard area a rich screen and be able to open it up to a big touch screen tablet or a cool lab top. I think they had the technology to do what this basically does if they do regular screens on top and bottom with no bezel it in between so that they can seem together to make this a big tablet. So in that aspect I don’t think this is anything special. They could have done this with regular screens for a long time now. On this the seem also seems rough and messy so really I am not impressed. Just like the missed opertunity with the iPhone this should have already happened years ago. I really like windows 10 except that they dumbed it down. It’s a lot harder to do things that I know how to do on a computer. It’s great for finger use but as far as the features go I don’t see it being any better than windows 7.

7. Diego!

Posts: 876; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

I find it very ugly...

9. jphiller87

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Sounds like what your parents said when you were born.

13. gamehead unregistered

The Microsoft DS

15. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Andromeda - Windows Core OS!

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