New Surface Phone renders show the rumored device in laptop and gaming modes
by Alan Friedman / Jun 30, 2018, 7:07 PM
If you're one of those people who doesn't believe in the tooth fairy, unicorns, supply-side economics, Santa Claus and the Surface Phone, it appears that you can scratch the last item off the list. Over the last few days, it has become apparent that the device codenamed Andromeda is indeed a foldable Surface device that very well could be the long awaited phone.
Back in December, and again the other day, we showed you some renders of the device produced by David Breyer. Breyer based his art on information from patents awarded to Microsoft, and patent applications filed by the software giant. Engineering samples produced by Microsoft are said to perfectly resemble Breyer's renders.
Today, Mr. Breyer has sent out a tweet showing some new renders based on two modes for the Surface Phone. The device is expected to show different UIs on the two screens depending on the mode being employed, and Breyer's render of laptop mode shows a virtual QWERTY keyboard on the bottom screen. In gaming mode, the bottom display has virtual Xbox controls while the game being played is viewed on the top screen.
The Surface Phone is expected to be released some time later this year as Microsoft is looking to get its foldable form factor out in the marketplace before Samsung. The latter is expected to unveil its Galaxy X at MWC 2019 in February.
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This is interesting. Only issue is no. of apps.
posted on Jun 30, 2018, 7:56 PM 4
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If it runs Windows 10 Mobile, trust me it's not gonna be the only issue.
posted on Jul 01, 2018, 5:02 AM 1
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I don't think Windows 10 Mobile can run Ori and the Blind Forest. Also, they killed Windows 10 Mobile a long time ago, so I don't think they will use it here. Secondly, they created Windows on ARM which is what makes sense on a device like this. So, it is most likely that this device will have Windows on ARM.
posted on Jul 01, 2018, 9:38 AM 1
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How will this be used in one handed mode? I wouldn't like a screen on the back when folded. Will be prone to fall damage.
posted on Jun 30, 2018, 8:23 PM 1
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This phone is very innovative! Might be my next phone.
posted on Jul 01, 2018, 12:24 AM 1
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Gaming mode made me cringe, this would be the least comfortable way to play on a phone ever
posted on Jul 01, 2018, 12:35 AM 0
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uhh, Some things don't have to be touchscreen. Gamepad is surely one of them. And working on office apps with a touchscreen keyboard makes me want to question reality. I guess I am definitely not in the targeted customer range for this device, because lord. I don't understand why would we need it ?? And I'm speaking for foldables in general, not just digging at Microsoft.
posted on Jul 01, 2018, 3:11 AM 0
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Man leaving Windows Phone for Android really paid off in giving me the luxury of enjoying my life without waiting for what has turned out to be several years for this device. It looks like its a go now finally and that's great. All I need is to be able to get it on my carrier and have access to all the apps I now enjoy on the Android ecosystem. Without that happening for me personally this will be just another gorgeous dream device I won't bother with. I'll be at the Microsoft store frequently though.lol
posted on Jul 01, 2018, 10:47 PM 0
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