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Microsoft patents a foldable device

Microsoft foldable device patent details revealed by MSPoweruser
Microsoft foldable device
The patent of the Redmond giant describes what appears to be a foldable tablet with a flexible hinge, a design similar to those previously spotted in patents belonging to Samsung, LG, and Apple.

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Microsoft might have failed in the smartphone market, but they are not giving up on tablets. To stay in the game, all big brands should have foldable tablets on the market in a few years. Since we already saw patents describing such products by companies like Samsung or LG, the fresh patent by Microsoft that shows a foldable device does not come as a surprise.

The patent has been spotted by MSPoweruser and describes what appears to be a foldable tablet with a flexible hinge that secures multiple housings to each other, allowing them to rotate around an axis. Thanks to this design, the tablet supports a continuous viewing area that covers both the housings and the hinge area.

Microsoft also mentioned a set of dimensions for devices that would use this technology. The sizes start at 7.9 inches and go all the way up to 18 inches. The resolution details only include values up to 231 ppi, while only two aspect ratio values can be spotted - 3:2 and 3:4.

Maybe we should get ready for foldable Surface device, but commercial availability still seems to be at least one year ahead.

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-01-16 (Update: 2017-01-16)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.