In October, Microsoft dropped a couple of surprises in the Surface Neo Windows 10X 2-in-1, and the Surface Duo Android smartphone. However, the company only showcased prototypes with brief details on each device.
A new Microsoft Patent (discovered by WindowsUnited) points to some potential inclusions for both Surface devices. Published on November 21, the patent shows Microsoft is working on a vapor chamber. This will act a cooling section that will be spread over the hinge mechanism.
The idea behind the chamber will be to maintain a consistent cooling temperature across both sides of the dual screens Neo and Duo.
In the patent, Microsoft describes how the vapor chamber works:
“Examples are disclosed that relate to heat transfer devices comprising a vapor chamber and a flexible hinge.
One disclosed example provides an electronic device comprising a first portion and a second portion connected by a hinge region, and a vapor chamber extending from the first portion to the second portion across the hinge region, the vapor chamber comprising a first layer comprising titanium, a second layer comprising titanium joined to the first layer to form the vapor chamber, a working fluid within the vapor chamber, and a third layer comprising titanium positioned between the first layer and the second layer, the third layer comprising one or more features configured to conduct the working fluid via capillary action.”