More signs have emerged seemingly suggesting that the ever-elusive Surface Phone would feature several novel capabilities that the leaders in the mainstream smartphone market have not mastered as of date. Considering the recent patents about the device, it appears that Microsoft is pulling out all the stops in ensuring that its next foray into the mobile sphere is something distinct and unique.
Unlike past Surface devices, Microsoft has been publishing a lot of patents of the new foldable device, mostly to do with the hinge design, giving us an idea of what the device will be all about. This week, two more patents of the device have been published and it makes things a lot more interesting. Microsoft Andromeda Might Be A Modular Mobile Phone.
What does the patents suggest?
According to a report from Inquisitr, patents have emerged suggesting that Microsoft is looking to equip its next mobile device, codenamed “Andromeda,” with a modular hinge. This particular feature would enable users of the device to attach and detach components and accessories from the actual handset.
Microsoft’s modular hinge patent seems quite promising, though we aren’t too sure if the design is meant for the company’s Andromeda hardware. Microsoft has published multiple different hinge designs for a foldable device recently, so we aren’t entirely sure what the final version of the device will end up looking like. Either way, we are still months away from the launch of Andromeda and more details of the project could emerge before that. The company is expected to launch the device sometime later this year or early next year, though I believe Redmond still has a lot of work to get done with the software.
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Microsoft also published a new patent describing (via WalkingCat) a “magnetic block locking” mechanism for a foldable device that allows for a magnetic lock of both portions of a foldable device. The idea behind it is pretty straightforward, but reading the patent will give you an idea of how complex the mechanism actually is. In other words, magnets aren’t easy to work with, especially when a device includes 360-degree rotation capabilities.