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Fresh MS Surface Phone / Andromeda patent surfaces, features display curve correction

A concept design of what the Surface Phone / Andromeda PC could look like. (Source: Windows Central)
A concept design of what the Surface Phone / Andromeda PC could look like. (Source: Windows Central)
A previously unseen series of patent applications and associated imagery for the rumored Surface Phone / Andromeda PC have emerged. They show that Microsoft is mulling a range of solutions for making the device responsive to how it is being held or used at any time.
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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.

(1) A MS patent application for device awareness of how is being held. (Source: USPO)
(1) A MS patent application for device awareness of how is being held. (Source: USPO)
(2) A MS patent application for a smart hinge. (Source: USPO)
(2) A MS patent application for a smart hinge. (Source: USPO)
(3) A MS patent application for a display image correction layer. (Source: USPO)
(3) A MS patent application for a display image correction layer. (Source: USPO)
 

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1293 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, 2018-04-28 (Update: 2018-04-28)