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Foldable MS Surface with 9-inch display, Android app support, Intel Lakefield 10nm SoC coming 2020

We’ve known for a number of years that Microsoft has been experimenting with dual-screen devices. The first was the Courier concept, then there was the Andromeda project (aka Surface Phone) which is said was put on hold. Those dreams, however, look like they might coming fruition in the form of a foldable Surface device that can also incorporates a cellular connection.
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It looks like Microsoft’s long gestating plans to release a foldable computing device are closer to fruition. The company first started playing with the concept several years ago with the Courier, and has continually revised and refined the concept over subsequent years through to the Andromeda -- the fabled Surface Phone. Jeff Lin, Associate Director of Consumer Electronics at IHS Markit has told Forbes that is supply chain sources expect a folding Surface to arrive as soon as early 2020 or by the middle of the same year.

The mobile Surface will have a foldable 9-inch display, although it is not clear whether this will comprise of a single foldable OLED display (like the Samsung Galaxy Fold or the Huawei Mate X) or will have two separate displays. It will purportedly run a new version of Windows 10 dubbed Windows Core OS (WCOS) for dual display UIs. It will be powered by a 10nm Intel Lakefield SoC and, perhaps importantly, will support Android apps and even Apple’s iCloud services

The foldable Surface will also have always-on-connectivity as a central tenet of its functionality. Whether that means a phone app will also be included remains to be seen, but it will almost certainly be able to make VoIP calls via apps like Microsoft’s own Skype. With Windows Phone sadly dead and buried, it is great to see Microsoft shaping up to re-enter the mobile devices market. It will be interesting to see how it is pitched and who its target audience is. However, more than anything, pricing will likely be key to its success.

 

 

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1318 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2019-06-24 (Update: 2019-06-24)