Fresh MS Surface Phone / Andromeda patent surfaces, features display curve correction
A fresh patent Microsoft patent application has come to light for the rumored Surface Phone / Andromeda PC. The patent in question once again shows a foldable device with dual screens joined by a hinge. However, in this instance, the hinge gets smart functionality, while it also looks as though Microsoft is mulling different methods of touch input and solutions for image correction depending on screen orientation.
The first of the images embedded below shows what looks to be smart sensor identification of how a user is holding the device, and therefore what sort of mode the software should be operating in. The second image shows that the OS would also be smart enough to detect the way the display is oriented via sensors in its hinge, and in combination with touch sensors (possibly incorporated into the rear of the device). The third image shows a display image correction layer that would ensure that both displays work to project a consistent view regardless of the angle of the hinge.
There remains considerable conjecture surrounding the potential launch of the device and what type of functionality it will offer, should it actually make it to market. While it looks similar to foldable smartphone concepts that are expected to arrive soon from the likes of Samsung and Huawei, it may be positioned by Microsoft as a PC-like offering. Even if it does pick up phone calling capabilities, the emphasis may be much more around office productivity and work-related correspondence.
Either way, it looks like the device could be a halo product for Microsoft with the potential to make up for the death of Windows Phone by replacing it with something much more versatile.