Microsoft's upcoming foldable Surface smartphone will be "pocketable"
Reports suggest that Microsoft's much-rumored foldable Surface smartphone, codenamed Andromeda, will be pocket-sized. Leaked internal Microsoft documents stated, "It's 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." The mysterious phone, which has been secretly under development for at least two years, can be released this year itself.
Andromeda will have a wraparound display around the hinge
According to previous patents and reports, the foldable Andromeda will feature a display that wraps around the hinge and bridges that hinge gap when fully opened. It will be able to morph into different sizes depending on how it's being used. The new dual-screen device will "blur the lines between mobile and stationary computing." Andromeda might also feature the new under-development WhatsApp for Windows.
Concept designs of the pocketable Surface smartphone
The bezel-less display on the device does not look seamless
From the images, the panel does not look ideal for watching videos but it could prove to be a versatile form factor for productivity applications. It is unclear in what capacity will Andromeda be just a "phone" and if it will be more like a mini PC. It's to be seen how the return of a Windows device will fare against Android and iOS.
A digital book needs a digital pen
Microsoft is experimenting with stylus input for Andromeda, which folds like a book, with prototype styluses and notepad-like apps to scribble on. The company is also experimenting with ARM processors for Andromeda, but it's not clear if it will ultimately proceed with Intel or Qualcomm.