Microsoft has been working on a mysterious Surface device for around two years under the codename Andromeda. Although the device has appeared in patents, reports, and even in operating system references multiple times for now. We don’t know an awful lot about the device other than the fact that it is said will include a dual-display design.
According to an internal document obtained by The Verge, it’s also going to be a pocketable Surface device. Dubbed Microsoft’s Andromeda, which is a device that is “pocketable;e” while also carrying the Surface brand.
Thanks to the internal document, where Microsoft calls the device “a new pocketable Surface device form factor that brings in an innovative new hardware and software experiences to create a truly personal and versatile computing experience.” Predictably, when the source went to Microsoft and asked for comment on the leaked email in its possession, the Redmond-based company declined to answer or comment on this topic.
While Microsoft itself describes its Andromeda project as something the company has quietly incubated internally, and that will create a “new and disruptive” device category to influence the overall Surface roadmap and blur the lines between what’s considered PC and mobile platform.
None of this means that Andromeda is ready for prime release or even closer. Microsoft continues to develop the device, that too internally and despite this leak, we don’t expect anything surface into the wild, spilling more information. It does reveal that the Andromeda would be the secret Surface device Microsoft is planning to launch in the next couple of years.
However, it is suggested that the device will have a wraparound display, which “bridges the gap of the hinge when it fully opened.” That sounds super-intriguing and we can’t wait to see what Microsoft has up its sleeve.
Current engineering samples of that pocketable Surface look identical to the 3D concept created by David Breyer.
— David Breyer (@D_Breyer) December 18, 2017
Microsoft has also been experimenting with stylus input for Andromeda so that the device can fold over like a book and a pen can be used to capture digital ink. It is still entirely possible that the device will never see the light of the day.
Microsoft is also testing with ARM processors inside prototype Andromeda devices, which include styluses and notepad-like apps to capture notes. But again, it’s not clear if the company will proceed with Intel or Qualcomm for a final device. Let’s just hope a similar fate does not lie in store for Andromeda.
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