Microsoft has been working on a new, mysterious Surface device for at least two years. Code name Andromeda, the device has been in patents, reports and operating system references several times and will include a dual-display design. According to an internal Microsoft document obtained from The Verge it will also be a pocket-surface device.
Microsoft describes its Andromeda project as something the company has built up quietly internally. new and annoying "device category to affect the entire surface roadmap and to blur the boundaries between what is seen as PC and mobile." It's a new pocket device form factor, the innovative new hardware and hardware Microsoft describes the device internally, as Thurrott originally reported earlier this month on some of Microsoft's plans for andromeda, and Microsoft declined to accept Andromeda The Verge
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The Andromeda device is still kept secret in Microsoft, with a wrap-around display that bridges the gap of the hinge when fully open. We understand current engineering examples of the pocketable surface look identical to the 3D concept developed by David Breyer.
Microsoft is also experimenting with stylus input for Andromeda to allow the device to fold over Like a book and a pen can be used to capture digital ink. Prototype devices include stylus and notepad-like apps to capture notes. Microsoft is also experimenting with ARM processors in prototype Andromeda devices, but it is not clear whether the company will continue with Intel or Qualcomm for a final device.
Sources familiar with Microsoft Andromeda's work Beware that the company could pull the plug at any stage. Microsoft previously developed a scratchpad-like "Surface Mini" device that was weeks before it was released before it was canceled. Surface chief Panos Panay confirmed the existence of a Surface Mini, describing the broken device as "fantastic" and "like a moleskine".
Microsoft sees Andromeda as a unique reaction to its bugs with Windows Phone devices. "It will blur the boundaries between mobile and stationary computing," says an internal document describing the device. Microsoft is tentatively planning to release Andromeda 2018 with similar devices from some of Microsoft's leading OEMs to "follow suit".
Intel is also working on similar dual-screen devices that will use Microsoft's software work with Andromeda. Intel has developed prototype devices with two displays and electronic paper displays (EPD) and shares reference designs with its OEM partners. Asus and Lenovo create devices inspired by Intel's own concepts, and at least one device will be available later this year.