Microsoft could be working on a new foldable Surface device featuring two screens. Folks over at WindowsUnited has spotted a new patent, offering a glimpse of what future Surface devices could look like. Microsoft may be secretly working on a new Surface device with a special hinge. It uses a liquid mechanism to reduce the amount of stress on displays when you fold or unfold the device.
In the patent filing, an example shows a foldable device with two sides and a flexible OLED panel. The display can be extended across the device. The hinge is also described with a significant amount of detail by Microsoft, something the company has long been focused on. Liquid filled inside cavities around the screen help it bend. The flexible display can also be moved into different positions.
Microsoft has illustrated multiple concepts of its hinge work in the patent filing. Further, they have it structured in such a way that it can “prevent foreign materials from entering the hinge assembly/device.” Interestingly, Microsoft will likely license this technology to other partners and PC makers. Currently, Microsoft may be readying a version of Windows OS for foldable devices, codenamed "Windows Lite."
Microsoft Surface hardware event this year is set for next month and Microsoft is sending out media invites, dropping some hints. The event kicks off October 2, at 10 am EST (7:30 pm IST) in New York. The Verge notes Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and chief product officer Panos Panay will likely attend this event. Nadella's participation this year means Microsoft could be onto something big. Microsoft teaser reveals Surface's logo, in the shape of what looks like a processor.
This October 2nd we're showing the world what's next for Surface & Microsoft...and we're doing it live. Tune in at https://t.co/gL1bQ1Wmas at 10am EDT. #MicrosoftEvent #GetReady #Pumped pic.twitter.com/opDaJOsLGf— Panos Panay (@panos_panay) September 12, 2019
This year, Microsoft is expected to bring three new additions: Surface laptop powered by AMD processor, a new Surface device powered by Qualcomm processor and a new Surface Pro featuring USB Type-C.