Fans can start dreaming about Andromeda again! A recently discovered patent has been making the rounds, revealing the pocketable device that Microsoft seems to be working on.
By most estimates, this mythic machine would have launched by now.
However, the company apparently decided to delay it to sometimes next year, as it felt it needed more time to refine the hardware and software experience. And that is exactly what Microsoft is doing right now, if these patents are any indication.
This latest one (PDF file) is for a hinged device that reveals the company is exploring more than just one concept for a possible mass-produced model.
Before we get to the details, here are a few accompanying images:
The patent describes a foldable device that comes with a locking system that can be easily controlled with just one hand. Meaning, users would technically be able to unlock the phone and wake up the display on the inside without using both hands.
“The device can automatically open the first and second portions and a few degrees without further user effort. In this case, the hinge assemblies provide a force that biases the first and second portions apart from the closed orientation unless the user-controllable lock maintains the closed orientation. This bias can be viewed as a “pop-up” feature. Further, once the device is popped-up, the device can maintain the orientation without user intervention (e.g. the user doesn’t have to fold the device open).”
Furthermore, the patent hints that the device would be easy to carry in your pocket given its dimensions, meaning it would be more or less the size of a phone. Even if the patent makes no mention of phone capabilities being offered.
No Surface Phone, you say?
Too early to tell.
Let’s just enjoy the patent, and hope that we get to see the device in 2019.