Microsoft is working on dual-screen, ‘pocketable’ Surface device

Microsoft is working on dual-screen, ‘pocketable’ Surface device

Microsoft's documents describe Andromeda as a "new pocketable Surface device form factor that brings together innovative new hardware and software experiences to create a truly personal and versatile computing experience". Thanks to tough competition from Google's Android and Apple's iOS, Microsoft took a few risks with its popular Windows Mobile platform and deprecated it in favor of Windows Phone, which also did not find as many takers in the market.

Microsoft chief product officer Panos Panay with an earlier Surface device.

This foldable tablet, codenamed Andromeda, which is expected to support pen input and could launch as soon as this year, will be a pocket Surface device, according to a leaked Microsoft document obtained by The Verge.

Microsoft goes on to say in the document that Andromeda will "blur the lines between mobile and stationary computing" and is destined to serve as a design prototype that will spur similar devices from other traditional OEMs.

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Andromeda has been a long time coming, with plenty of leaks and reports about the device coming from patents and references in Windows 10's code.

When fully opened, Andromeda's wraparound display design would bridge the gap of the hinge, offering a seamless vision for the user. Renders (see below) created by David Breyers look nearly exactly like the current prototype's, according to The Verge's sources.

The potentially worrying thing about all this is that, according to The Verge's sources, Microsoft is hesitant about the device and "could pull the plug at any stage". And while work on the device has been ongoing for years, and the rumors suggest that Microsoft could launch Andromeda before the end of 2018, it is also said that the company could axe the product altogether before launch. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.

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