Microsoft has patented a foldable device that would extend from a smartphone into a tablet, which could represent the company’s long-awaited Surface Phone.
We’ve long awaited the arrival of Microsoft’s mythical Surface Phone – a device that would herald the return of Windows 10 Mobile and fly in formation with the company’s line of Surface Pro hybrids, Surface Book laptops, and its new Surface Studio all-in-one PC.
While information on the device has remained scant, a new patent filed by Microsoft might finally have revealed what the device looks like – Microsoft’s next mobile device might arrive in a next-generation wave of foldable devices.
Patent filings have revealed that the Surface Phone could be a large device that has potential, through a hinge, to unfurl into a tablet or tent similar to many Windows 10 ultrabooks and tablets.
Curiously, the inventor listed on the patent is one Kabir Siddiqui – the same person who successfully patented Microsoft’s Surface Kickstand and Surface Camera, which eventually hit the market.
Rumours have long alleged that 2017 might be the year Microsoft brings a Surface Phone to store shelves, and if the Redmond giant chooses to execute its master plan, the company could effectively compete against the likes of Apple and Samsung – both of which are readying foldable hardware.
While it remains unlikely that the patents depicted represent a final version of Microsoft’s Surface Phone, the news gives us some insight into what form the final device might take. Following Microsoft’s mass exodus from the mobile market, the company will be hard pressed to deliver an innovative solution that re-invigorates the interest of customers.
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