Mobile devices have undergone a tremendous development boost during the last couple of years. Still, there is a lot of space for improvement and recently manufacturers did not manage to dazzle consumers with something truly different. Microsoft might change that now with patenting a remarkable new technology: a foldable mobile device!
Patent issued for 2-in-1 foldable device
According to MSPoweruser Microsoft has issued a new patent that describes a foldable tablet. The device would be supported by a flexible hinge. This way a user might not have to decide anymore whether to buy a phone or a tablet. The foldable 2-in-1 device patented by the software giant can in fact act as both. This technology could make the long-awaited Surface Phone a smash hit.
ARM processor support will be an asset
Already last year Microsoft made an interesting announcement that might turn out to support the release of a foldable device. At its WinHEC event, the company announced that full Windows 10 support is coming to ARM processors along with Windows desktop app support. This will make Windows 10 perform well while using only minimal battery power. According to Digital Trends both the ARM support and the new morph phone fit perfectly into Microsofts new “Windows everywhere” strategy.
Will Microsoft be fast enough?
Microsoft is not the only company aiming to bring a foldable device to the market, though. Several reports suggest that also Samsung and LG are set to release their first foldable phone in the second half of 2017. It remains to be seen which of the manufacturers will be the fastest and which device will, in the end, convince users to buy.
For pictures of Microsoft’s patent head over to the guys from MSPoweruser.