Microsoft's long-rumored Surface device that can be folded in half has, well, surfaced yet again — this time via a leaked document from Microsoft.
For the past two years, it appears Microsoft has been tight-lipped about development of a device codenamed Andromeda. It has been presented in patents, reports, and rumors; has been mentioned in operating systems several times; and has been reported that it will apparently incorporate a dual-screen design.
Microsoft Andromeda Will Create A New Tech Category
It will also be pocketable, according to The Verge, who obtained an internal document from the company. Microsoft describes Andromeda as something that'll establish a "new and disruptive" device category to influence the overall Surface portfolio, change its trajectory, and redefine what's considered as PC and mobile.
"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," says Microsoft in the email.
The device will allegedly have a foldable display that bridges the gap of the hinge when it's fully opened. Microsoft is also working on a stylus fit for Andromeda, which will act as a pen for taking down notes and other things.
Unsurprisingly, Microsoft has declined to comment about the latest report, says The Verge.
Six years ago, the company introduced Surface RT and Surface Pro as computing products that would create an entirely new category to challenge our preconceptions about the differences between tablets and laptops. The Surface Pro has been successful on that front, and some companies — even Apple to an extent — is clearly emulating Microsoft's strategy now. It appears the company wants people to treat Andromeda as the next big rift in how we use pocket-sized computers.
What Andromeda Means For Microsoft
Alas, Andromeda, if it's indeed real, is still being developed inside Microsoft, and there's still the possibility of things changing. After all, Microsoft seems to have canceled all plans for the much-anticipated Surface Phone, so it's no stranger to dropping things willy-nilly. Even still, it's a promising product from a company that prides upon its operating system for laptops and desktops — a move like this signals Microsoft's reinvigorated investments for mobile-based experiences, and it attempting to innovate and revolutionize the category is something all tech enthusiasts should be excited about.
"It will blur the lines between mobile and stationary computing," says Microsoft.
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