A Closer Look At Its Foldable Design and Features — Microsoft Surface Phone

Ray Hunter
January 23, 2017

Microsoft has recently filed a patent for what it describes as a device with a flexible hinge and display that could transform a phone into a tablet. Rumors suggest this could be the long-awaited Surface Phone. It is LG's first foldable phone-cum-tablet, and the device will merge two distinct parts.

With a patent awarded on January 10, Microsoft's vision is explained through illustrations.

Tech enthusiasts claim this could be more than just another concept that will never see the light of day given that Siddiqui is also the author of other Surface-brand products that did launch in the market. Do you thnk the Surface phone will save Microsoft? A third possible flexible Surface Phone from Microsoft is not that far from happening. "For example, a user may be forced to balance portability of a mobile computing device having a relatively small display device (e.g., a mobile phone) with increased viewability afforded by larger display devices included on relatively large mobile computing devices, e.g., tablets". However, the release of such a unique tablet device, created to fold into a smartphone device could potentially take the market by a significant surprise.

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Speculations state that Microsoft would roll out the Surface Phone in 2017. Siddique was also listed on the patents for the kickstand and camera that are seen on Microsoft Surface devices today.

Last week, news broke that LG and Samsung were also developing flexible devices and that they could arrive sooner than we thought.

Recent reports in the South Korean press indicated that Samsung and LG could come out with foldable smartphones later this year. This is possible with the screen's feature that allows it to be placed on the exterior of the device. The Surface Studio device leaked out months in advance, many thanks to patent filings that showed the exact design of the company's 2-in-1 PC. The display retracts itself when folded, giving access to buttons on the back and a fingerprint reader. The latest patent further fuels speculations of the tech company's return to smartphones after the disappointing performance of its Windows Phone line.

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