The patent talks about developing a Microsoft Surface phone with a flexible display. It is possible that Microsoft will release a Surface mobile phone device in a book format, equipped with a large flexible display.
Information about the gadget is published on the website of the US Office for Patents and Trademarks (USPTO). The document has the laconic name “Hinged device”.
As can be seen in the patent illustrations, the novelty’s flexible screen will fold in the middle. The device will receive a special swivel mount, responsible for the possibility of converting it from a smartphone to a mini-tablet and vice versa.
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On the upper frame above the screen, you can see the “eyes” of cameras and sensors. Below is an asymmetrical USB Type-C port.
Apparently, the device will be folded by the display inward, which will protect the flexible panel from damage. A camera can also be installed on the outside of the case.
The patent provides a detailed description of the articulation. It should ensure the reliability of the design and a large number of opening/closing cycles.
The proposed solution, according to observers, can be applied in one of the future mobile gadgets under the Surface brand. About when the new product may appear on the commercial market, nothing has been reported.