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The patent describes “a foldable mobile computing device that has a flexible hinge structure” that can support a variety of usage scenarios through the arrangement of its housings.
The patent filing from Microsoft speaks of multi-device pairing and combined display use for mobile devices. Different methods for initiating a shared-display mode for more than two devices are mentioned, as well as different multi-screen gestures.
The photos come from a well-known source for smartphone leaks in China. A Microsoft tag on its back calling it Surface Phone give them a real look, but the outdated Carl Zeiss branding reveals that they are just mock ups.
OLED Displays are likely to be in short supply in 2017 as Apple targets the technology for its iPhone 7s, possibly leaving Microsoft with a Surface Phone problem to solve. The lack of OLED supplies makes it probable the Surface Pro 5 will arrive with an LCD display, which is not a bad thing.
Microsoft’s Surface Strategy: Influencing Surface Phone, Inspiring OEMs, and Looking to Apple and Google
While the Surface Phone remains unconfirmed, if the smartphone arrives it will follow a very clear strategy Microsoft has created. That strategy has been influenced by Apple’s focus on premium-only hardware and Google’s position of helping OEMs to achieve the best hardware results for its platform.
Pegatron will allegedly begin trialing the Surface Phone very soon, leading to further speculation about a late 2017 release for the device.
The Surface Phone prototype is rumored to have a 5.5" QHD display, up to 6GB of RAM, the Snapdragon 835 and Quick Charge 4.0.
A leak shows that the Microsoft Surface Phone may actually be real. An Intel-powered smartphone from Microsoft has been revealed, but could this device still be in development?
Amid reports of an end to Lumia sales this year, a Microsoft director has been mentioning the Surface Phone, leading to speculation that the device will release next year.
Microsoft has decided to wait until after the Windows 10 Redstone 2 launch to unveil its Surface Phone and Surface Pro 5, meaning no new hardware until mid-2017.