TECH and HEALTH - Details of Microsoft's 'pocketable Surface' device leaked

Angelica Greene
July 2, 2018

An internal document of the company obtained by The Verge also reveals its specialty of being "pocketable".

For months now, we've been hearing about an innovative new device coming to Microsoft's Surface line. In 2009, it was the Microsoft Courier, while more recently, patents showed something that looked more like a folding Surface allegedly codenamed Andromeda.

"It's 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", reads the internal document. Numerama had initially unveiled the codename Andromeda previous year.

From the sound of things, this dual-screen device isn't a Surface by way of the Nintendo DS.

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Presumably, closed mode is where the screens face inward, concave is similar to today's laptop mode, convex is similar to tent mode, flat could be similar to tablet mode where the screens are fully opened to create a larger combined display surface, and full mode could represent both screens facing outward.Modern hybrid laptops today can convert to only laptop, tablet, and tent modes. Known by its Andromeda code name and widely believed to debut as the Surface Phone, Microsoft's dual-screen PC could be used in up to five different configurations, depending on the orientation of the screens.

By all indications, Andromeda will try to mitigate that design problem with a display that wraps around the gap of the hinge.

Credit to David Breyer for concept images.

The motive of Microsoft Company behind building this secret device is responding in a unique way to the failures being faced with Windows Phone devices presently. In the document, Microsoft talks about how the device has been incubated internally for years, and describes Andromeda as "new and disruptive" for the market. Microsoft presently plans to launch Andromeda in 2018 along with other similar devices that will follow afterwards.

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