The Next Microsoft Surface Device May Have Two Screens Including An E-Paper Display

#MicrosoftSurface #SurfacePhone – The Next Microsoft Surface Device May Have Two Screens Including An E-Paper Display : A new patent has surfaced indicating Microsoft’s plan of possibly coming up with a device with dual screens, one of which will be an E-paper display. The patent for the “dual display device” was filed on September of last year and was just published on March 30 by the World Intellectual Property Organization or WIPO.

Speculations have since sprouted as to what particular Microsoft device will utilize the patent. The patent shows a device with two screens. The regular screen is on one side while the e-paper display is on the opposite side. The regular screen will supposedly display “visually dynamic user inputs and controls” while the e-paper display will be for “visually static user inputs and controls”. According to Trusted Reviews, the e-paper display may be utilized for input controls such as a keyboard. In this regard, the patent may very well be for a new Microsoft Surface tablet though there are some who believes the patent will be used on a Surface Phone. The patent further explained that the visually static user controls on the e-paper display may include controls for playing music and videos. The patent also explained that the regular screen may display thumbnails of the cover album of the song being played using the static user controls.

Another theory says the e-paper display will act as a cover for a new Microsoft Surface Pro. This is most likely why the e-paper display will be detachable, rigid and touch-sensitive.

Microsoft is currently hard at work with a new Surface Book recently launched, the Surface Studio about to be officially launched in a few weeks, and a flurry of patents being published recently. One such patent is for “hinged displays“. Some quarters believe the two patents will find their way to one Windows 10 device. Of course, these are all speculations for now.

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Microsoft ‘Surface Phone’ May Have Dual Display, But Patent Is Likely For A Tablet And Not A Smartphone

#Microsoft #SurfacePhone – Microsoft ‘Surface Phone’ May Have Dual Display, But Patent Is Likely For A Tablet And Not A Smartphone : A new patent made by Microsoft has recently surfaced and it’s a device that will have a dual display, possibly for the Microsoft “Surface Phone” and the “Surface Pro 5.” But with the way the device in the patent looks, it’s likely for a tablet, not a smartphone.

According to a report from Express, the patent showed that one side of the device would be a regular screen, while the other would be made of electronic paper. The e-paper could likely transform into a keyboard if needed be.

This new patent would likely eliminate the need for Type Cover accessory that currently exists in the “Surface Pro 4.” The patent also shows that the second screen could be used to control the device’s music choice, as well as play games.

The e-paper screen could likely turn into a set of buttons or controls that allow fans to play games on the device in an interactive way. The report said that this patent could also reflect the latest feature that the “Surface Phone” could have as previous reports have claimed that the smartphone might be a foldable device that features two displays.

But Trusted Reviews reports that the latest patent, which was filed in September 2016, is likely for a tablet design and not the “Surface Phone.” It’s likely for a new e-paper Surface device or for the “Surface Pro 5.”

The report said that the e-paper side of the dual display will be touched sensitive, is removable and could function as a cover. This hints that the patent is not for a smartphone but more for a tablet.

There is no guarantee, though, that Microsoft will indeed come out with a device that has this kind of technology. Companies usually use patents as a way to protect their ideas and not of what people can expect to come. In the meantime, check out more news about the Microsoft “Surface Phone” in the video below.

Microsoft Surface Phone release date, news: New patent filing proves Surface Phone's release?

#MicrosoftSurface #SurfacePhone – Microsoft Surface Phone release date, news: New patent filing proves Surface Phone’s release? : Speculations about the development of the Microsoft Surface Phone refuse to die down, as new rumors claim that the release of the highly anticipated smartphone will be announced by the tech giant soon.

Recent reports claim that the new patent filing that was posted recently by Free Patents Online is pertaining to a brand-new type of multi-layered phone display that was made from tiled panels that curve at the edge.

According to Express UK, the curved edges of are featured in the design of the patent are made to block the light that will pass through from the gaps. This will help the device feature one continuous image in the display. The report claims that the patented design will solve one of the biggest problems seen in devices that feature hinged displays where several panels could break the perception of the users on the objects featured on the screen.

However, the patent application does not specify if the design is intended for the much-awaited Microsoft Surface Phone.

Talks about the development of the Microsoft Surface Phone first intensified when the company’s CEO Satya Nadella hinted about their plans for the smartphone market in an interview with Australian Financial Review.

According to Nadella, they will push through with the development of new smartphone products that will not be defined by the current leaders in the steep smartphone competition.

“We will continue to be in the phone market not as defined by today’s market leaders, but by what it is that we can uniquely do in what is the most ultimate mobile device,” the Microsoft CEO stated in the interview back in November 2016. “Therefore [with Nokia assets], we stopped doing things that were me-too and started doing things, even if they are today very sub-scale, to be very focused on a specific set of customers who need a specific set of capabilities that are differentiated and that we can do a good job of.”

But Microsoft has yet to announce its actual plans for the Surface Phone device in the coming days.

Microsoft Surface Phone To Come Up With A Groundbreaking Foldable Design

#Microsoft #SurfacePhone – Microsoft Surface Phone To Come Up With A Groundbreaking Foldable Design : Now that Samsung Galaxy S8 is officially released, most of its competition are now on all fours in trying to steal its thunder. And as Apple’s follow-up to its controversial iPhone 7 is months away from its launch, all eyes are now starting to turn to Microsoft’s next flagship entry in the mobile world — the Microsoft Surface Phone.

Express reported that Microsoft Surface Phone will truly be living up to its scene-stealer moniker. Accordingly, Microsoft’s upcoming flagship iteration may go with a foldable design and other expected layers. This comes after a spotted patent, indicating that the device foldable functionality will arrive with a display that is made with multiple visual offerings. In addition, the phone’s panels are described to be curving at their edges, allowing the surface to create an illusory, unified image.

On the other hand, the Microsoft Surface Phone’s purported “unified image” will also resolve the permeating issue among foldable devices — the gap. All devices that are folded in half are evidently lacking continuity, unlike other sole mobile devices. As such, these curves should do be able to do away this noticeable absence.

The report on Microsoft Surface Phone’s foldable functionality is no news for most of its hardcore fans. The same publication reported that a similar patent filing was seen back in January. The filed patent showed designs that could provide the foldable device a more fluid look and functionality. Moreover, the designs affirmed that a hybrid between a smartphone and a tablet is now entirely possible.

Microsoft Surface Phone’s hybrid offering will also showcase top-of-the-line features and specifications. These may include the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and a storage tier offering of up to 8GB of random access memory (RAM). Meanwhile, Trusted Reviews shared that the next series of devices may go for a massive 500GB of internal storage.

Microsoft Surface Phone is expected to be unveiled anytime soon. Its official launching might also come alongside with the other Surface devices Microsoft is speculated to be working on as of late.

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Microsoft Surface Phone Release Date, Specs Rumors: Late 2017 Phone Entry Might Be Able to Run PC Apps

#MicrosoftSurface #SurfavePhone – Microsoft Surface Phone Release Date, Specs Rumors: Late 2017 Phone Entry Might Be Able to Run PC Apps : Details are few and scattered when it comes to the Surface Phone, Microsoft’s newest foray into the handset market. It would look like Microsoft is taking its time with the device, with the goal of designing a device that will be its own category — similar to the company breakthrough that is the Surface.

With this goal in mind, it is to be expected that the rumored specs and release dates will be in constant flux. Trustedreviews has a round-up of the speculated features and timeline for the device. Nokiapoweruser reports of a trusted source confirming that the launch date has been pushed back to late 2017, in contrast to most unconfirmed reports that agree on a release within the first half of this year.

Sources, according to Nokiapoweruser, have reported about prototypes built with the new Snapdragon 835. These prototypes are also said to support Quick charging 4.0. Based on initial impressions, sources also claim a possible 5.5-inch quad high-definition (QHD) displays for the prototype. It is also rumored to have its own “Laptop Accessory” detachable keyboards. The inclusion of a stylus and other add-ons remain to be seen.

An interesting report is about one prototype with 6 GB random-access memory (RAM) that already has the ability to run X86 apps. In theory, this may allow the Surface Phone to run Windows applications — essentially becoming a PC in a phone.

Microsoft has just officially announced that they have made it possible to run Windows 10 on phone hardware — a concept that the company calls “cellular PCs.” This can have a huge impact on business users who depend on desktop applications for their work. It remains to be seen if the “cellular PC” implementations can run most of the current Windows apps.

At the least, it will bring the Surface Phone a step closer to its goal of differentiating itself from other premium phone offerings. Microsoft may yet reveal more details, as it was leaked that the company will be present at the Mobile World Congress 2017 (MWC 2017).

Watch below for Microsoft’s demonstration of Windows 10 running on a mobile processor.

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MICROSOFT SURFACE PHONE HAS FOUND A COMPETITOR IN SAMSUNG'S FOLDABLE GALAXY X

#MicrosoftSurface #SurfacePhone – MICROSOFT SURFACE PHONE HAS FOUND A COMPETITOR IN SAMSUNG’S FOLDABLE GALAXY X : Samsung is reportedly going to be showcasing its foldable display technology at the upcoming Mobile World Congress. The technology is said to be present on a smartphone dubbed the Galaxy X.

The Samsung Galaxy X could be possibly unveiled at the MWC 2017. Information about the smartphone from the Korean tech giant has been slowly leaking out on the internet. However, nothing concrete has shown up to support these claims of an actual foldable smartphone.

A report from ETNews claims that the company will be showing the Galaxy X behind closed doors at the MWC 2017. Only the “invited” will be able to take a look at the smartphone.

The Korean company is ensuring that any future venture will not cost the company any more money such as what happened with its Galaxy Note 7 thus the closed-door-by-invitation-only presentation. According to ETNews, the Korean tech giant will only be presenting prototypes to a selected few for it to get a better understanding of a possible market response towards the phone. The prototypes are said to be capable of bending both inwards and outwards.

ETNews further mentions that the company is looking to market and license this particular technology to manufacturers present at the trade show. If the market response to its closed-door presentation is optimistic it could pave the way for possible contracts with other mobile device manufacturers. The company is also looking to present a range of other foldable devices along with the Galaxy X at the MWC.

It should be noted that Redmond-based tech giant Microsoft, too, has filed a patent for a device with a flexible hinge and display that could transform a phone into a tablet. Speculations are saying that Microsoft’s foldable display technology could probably appear in the Surface Phone. Apart from Samsung and Microsoft working on foldable phones, LG has also been reported to be working on a similar device of its own.

Source : Autoworld

Microsoft Surface Phone News and Update: Flagship Smartphone Likely Delayed to 2018, Flagship Details Could be Announced in October

#MicrosoftSurface #SurfacePhone – Microsoft Surface Phone News and Update: Flagship Smartphone Likely Delayed to 2018, Flagship Details Could be Announced in October : The Microsoft Surface Phone has been a staple in rumor reports for the past couple of months as numerous tech fans are apparently looking forward to see Microsoft’s latest flagship smartphone. The majority of the reports had previously pegged the release of the new Surface Phone to be sometime within this year, more specifically during the company big press event on Oct. 26. However, new reports have suggested that the phone will likely not be making an appearance as its release may have been moved to 2018 instead.

According to Windows Report, Microsoft may be revealing some insight about the progress of the highly anticipated Microsoft Surface Phone in October, but it probably will not be unveiling it during then. The event itself will mostly be about Microsoft’s advancements in their Windows 10 operating system more than anything else, but some amount of time may be spent to talk about their hardware.

Microsoft’s previous flagship smartphone offerings, the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL, didn’t really perform as expected after they were released last year. The prices of the smartphones had even greatly decreased due to the extremely low demand for them. However, Microsoft has not been known to back down from a challenge and it is expected that they will be making a big comeback into the smartphone market with their new Microsoft Surface Phone.

As for the Surface Phone’s rumored specs, the device is expected to be coming with some very impressive hardware with the majority of the components likely not yet available in the market. Microsoft may very well be sourcing the latest components available, but seeing as that it might be delayed to 2018, there is really no room to speculate about its possible hardware. For the most part, some reports have claimed that it might be designed to be a miniature version of the Surface Tablet and coming with an impressive 512GB of internal storage. It could also be using an Intel processor paired with a large amount of RAM.

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Surface Phone rumors: Suspected Microsoft device to be available in three variants

#Microsoft #SurfacePhone – Surface Phone rumors: Suspected Microsoft device to be available in three variants : Although Microsoft has yet to confirm the existence of the strongly rumored Surface Phone, it is said that the alleged device will boast of impressive specs and features and will be available in three variants.

There is no denying that the Surface Phone is one of the most-talked-about devices despite the fact that the device is not even confirmed yet. However, according to reports, the latest Windows phone will arrive this 2017 and will surely deliver impressive specs and features.

Reportedly, the Surface Phone will be powered by the upcoming Windows 10 Redstone operating system and pack the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 as its processor.

It is also said to the come with a ClearBlack AMOLED display with a unique fingerprint sensor embedded in it.

The suspected Microsoft device is also rumored to be capable of Win32 apps, which, if turns out to be true, will be a big advantage to business owners and professionals.

However, the Surface Phone is not just aimed at professionals as it is, likewise, alleged that the upcoming device from Microsoft will come in three variants targeting different markets. Apart from the said business variant Surface Phone, rumors claim that Microsoft will also release a consumer and enthusiast versions of the device.

Last year, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed that Microsoft has not abandoned the mobile phone market yet, despite the poor performance of its Lumia Windows Phone in the competition. While he did not confirm that Microsoft is, indeed, releasing a Surface Phone, he said that the company’s next mobile phone will come with a different form and function, insinuating that the next Microsoft phone will be an innovative product.

With the photos of the alleged patent Microsoft applied for and has been awarded with leaking online last month, speculations on the Surface Phone being a tablet and smartphone hybrid started creating buzz online.

If the photos of the leaked patent are, indeed, those of the Surface Phone, then, it can be said that it will really be an innovative product as it comes with an expandable screen that will enable the device to be converted into a tablet.

However, until Microsoft launches the device, who knows exactly when, fans can only wonder if the mentioned rumors and speculations on what the Surface Phone will offer are really true or otherwise.

Microsoft Surface Phone News, Update and Release Date: 8 GB RAM, 512 GB Storage and More

#Microsoft #MicrosoftSurfacePhone – Microsoft Surface Phone News, Update and Release Date: 8 GB RAM, 512 GB Storage and More : The Microsoft Surface Phone is one of the most anticipated devices of 2017 especially because the company claims it will be a handset like no other. The Microsoft Surface line-up has been a success and the world is now excited to know what the Microsoft Surface Phone can bring to the table.

Microsoft states that it will change the way people think of phones and unlike other devices which are packed with impressive hardware and software, the Microsoft Surface Phone will bring a new way of communication and be more of a mobile PC with phone capabilities.

Rumors reveal that the Microsoft Surface Phone will be a phablet with a similar screen as that of Nokia’s Lumia XL. It is speculated that Microsoft is currently developing three Surface Phone variants with one targeting consumers while the other two targeting entrepreneurs and professionals.

It will likely come with a 5.5 to 6-inch HD display with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution. It is also possible that the Surface Phone will sport either a Snapdragon 835 or an Intel Kaby Lake processor, a USB port, liquid cooling tech and an Active-Matrix Organic Light-emitting Diode display.

Rumors claim that the Microsoft Surface Phone 2017 basic version will come with 4 GB of RAM while the premium model will feature 8 GB of RAM. A 3,000 mAh battery is speculated to power the handset with a 64 GB, 128 GB and 512 GB of internal storage. A 21 MP rear camera and 8 MP front snapper are also expected.

Other rumored Microsoft Surface Phone 2017 specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, a Carl Zeiss rear camera, proximity sensor, compass, stylus, keyboard cover, fingerprint scanner and a barometer. The fingerprint scanner that is reportedly embedded on its display is becoming a fast trend. Microsoft is also speculated to consolidate the Windows 10 Mobile Redstone 3 out of the box with the Surface Phone 2017.

The Surface Phone may be pitted against the Apple iPhone with full versions of Windows software and an ARM processor. It is designed for tech enthusiasts and business purposes. Rumors include the Microsoft Surface Phone 2017 being able to run both Android and iOS apps on Windows 10 with minimal coding, also known as Bridge Solution.

Leaked photos also revealed single grille speakers with 3.5 mm headphone jack and a USB Type-C port. It could be released in the first quarter of the year but a 2018 release is not impossible as well. The Microsoft Surface Phone could be priced between 750 USD to 1,200 USD.
Source : telegiz

Surface Phone 2017 Release, Rumors: Windows Phone Doomed To Fail Even With Cool Specs?

#SurfacePhone2017 #WindowsPhone – Surface Phone 2017 Release, Rumors: Windows Phone Doomed To Fail Even With Cool Specs? : Microsoft is designing the “ultimate phone” called the Surface Phone. Previous rumors speculated that the phone will have top of the line specs that could compete with the other mainstream brands. However, with all this information at hand, it seems like at the end of the day, the handset will still not be that successful as Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy series.

Based on previous reports, the upcoming phone will boast a ClearBlack AMOLED display. Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 will support the handset and will have up to 6GB of RAM. In terms of its shooters, it will feature a 20 megapixel rear camera with a Carl Zeiss lens. Its front cam, on the other hand, is 8MP.

Aside from these specs, the handset is also rumored to have a unique fingerprint scanner. Market Exclusive reported that the company already filed a patent for a fingerprint built into the screen. With regard to its audio jack, it will be the regular 3.5mm placed at the bottom alongside a Type-C USB port.

Lastly, consumers should expect three variants for the handset. There will be a consumer model, a business model, and an enthusiast model. All of them will have different prices starting from $699 up to $1,100. It is quite reasonable given the the specs of the phone are indeed top of the line.

Now, these features certainly suggest that the Surface Phone could actually be the next big thing in the smartphone industry. However, there are some who doubt this possibility mainly because it is made by Microsoft. Although it will as well boast Windows 10 under its hood, some still believe that the handset will not be successful.

Why Surface Phone Will Be Doomed

According to Learnbonds, the biggest problem is the fact that it is a Windows phone. For the past years, the phone series had a really difficult time satisfying its users. It has some traits that Blackberry had, which is the main reason why the latter fall off its prime. Even the publication’s readers share that same sentiments about the phone, particularly with regards to some apps.

One of their readers revealed that after upgrading to Windows 10, the Windows phone started experiencing problems. The apps used for financial or banking transactions have a poorly-designed version compare to the same app for Android or iOS. This particular case alone somehow indicates that if Surface Phone will still have the same problems as its predecessors, customers will definitely switch to Apple or Samsung.

Source : Thebitbag