New Microsoft Surface Phone Patent Shows Clever Folding Mechanism? Find Out More

Daphne Planca
2:15 PM

Ever since the tech company Microsoft introduced a smartphone in February 2016, their smartphone division has been dormant. Now that rumors about an alleged Surface Phone kept surfacing online, newer reports pointed out that the anticipated device will run Andromeda OS.

According to BGR, a new patent filed on the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) just got published on Thursday, December 13. The company filed this patent application originally on June 8, 2017. Its arrival comes at a time when the rumors about the device have already begun dying down. The patent is titled “HINGED DEVICE” and shows a hinge mechanism to fold the device and a lock that pops open when touching the lock button with a thumb.

In the patent, it seems that the device is a dual-screen notebook or a foldable tablet folded in half. A computing device could have two surfaces or parts connected by a hinge with ends rotatably secured relative to a hinge shaft. Users can open the device with just one hand at the click of a button. All the locks on the sides are then opened. This mechanism allows the hinge assembly to unfold.

The long-awaited Microsoft Surface Phone can be fixed in certain positions. One part of it could act as a kickstand while the other part could be used as a display. A 90-degree angle position is also possible for this device because of the clever hinge assembly. The upper part can act as a display while the lower part will serve as a keyboard.

In the patent, the device can fit in the pocket, making it very portable. As of now, there is not much official information about the upcoming device. Other speculations indicate that it might work well with Surface pens. It might have the aforementioned dual screens or just a single foldable screen. We will just have to wait then.

So, what do you think about the latest patent of the Microsoft Surface Phone? Are you excited? Share us your thoughts by writing in the comment section below.

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