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Microsoft Surface Phone Andromeda Pops Up Again, Still Foldable (Concept/ Video)

By James A.

I don’t know if many of you know this, but Microsoft was ahead of its time with the Surface Phone/Andromeda. When the first patents came out it was supposed to be more than a phone and further patents talked about a foldable phone. That was before ZTE Axon M, the Samsung, LG, Huawei and Oppo patents. But the device is still not out, which doesn’t stop designers from envisioning it.

Concept Creator rendered the Surface Phone anew, with some novelty associated to the latest Andromeda patents. The project was in limbo last summer and we haven’t heard about it since. The new renders depict a rather bulky and thick device, with a reinforced hinge. The unified screen portion is seamless and we also get two external displays.

There’s a bit of Lumia and Surface Pro DNA here and I’m guessing some magnesium alloy too. The hinge area now seems coated with a sort of rubbery material, perhaps to decrease friction. That adds to the thickness, though. The inner screen bezels are rather larger, but the outer screens have very narrow bezels, so that checks out.

 

My only beef with the concept is that the two screens don’t overlap perfectly when closed. But then again, it may be intentional, leaving room for you to open the gizmo. I also can’t seem to spot any camera. If the device comes this year, it’ll arrive either at BUILD in April or May or November, like the last Lumias and Surface units.

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Microsoft Puts the “Andromeda” Project in Standby and Starts Working on a Dual Display PC Known as “Centaurus”

By Claudiu Sima

When it comes to patents, Microsoft is looking like a company who is afraid to launch its product on the market. For a few years now we’re seeing a lot of patents for a foldable smartphone, but in spite of so many applications, MS didn’t launch a single product with this specific feature.

Whilst companies like Samsung, Huawei and LG are getting ready to unveil foldable devices as soon as next year. We’re still talking about Surface Phone / Andromeda, a device that still receives dozens of patents that describe even the small audio parts besides the foldable screen and the associated hinge, but no sign of a real device yet.

Today we find out that MS put the Andromeda project in standby to focus on another dual-screen PC, known internally as the Centaurus. According to WindowsCentral, Microsoft has been working on this device for more than a year, and the goal is to officially present it in the fall of 2019.

We’re dealing here with a device that adopts a new format, one with Windows 10 onboard using two displays for increased productivity. There are a few similarities to the “Courier” project in the MS archive and we find that Centaurus is running Windows Core OS, a modern version of Windows 10.

It is capable of running x86 applications and, depending on the content displayed, the device will adapt to needs users. Imagine a kind of ZTE Axon M device with even bigger displays, but also narrower edges probably. Still, knowing how things are with Microsoft, the chances of seeing Centaurus officially released next year are pretty small.

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Andromeda References Found in Microsoft Presentation Slides

By Radu Iorga

Microsoft has been working on Project Andromeda for a while now, but this summer bad news came in: the project was supposedly cancelled, or in standby at best. Today one hint appears that the device also known as Surface Phone may still be in the making.

It was found by a Redditor during a presentation by Microsoft on Azure DevOps. The Redditor goes by the user name “silentcrs” and he claims that he attended a session at the DevOps Enterprise Conference, where he noticed one of the slides referring to Andromeda. WCOS also appeared in the same slides. If you look closely you’ll see that Andromeda is indeed name dropped.

There’s a line saying “Bluetooth: Automated HKL testing to validate Andromeda”. Andromeda is also mentioned in the third slide, so things are pretty legit. WC OS is Windows Core OS, a modular and barebones version of Windows, meant for mobile devices. Over the past year we’ve seen WC OS apps approved for the Microsoft Store and several mentions of Andromeda in various pieces of code.

The platform is expected to be a spinoff from Windows, while the device is said to be a foldable of sorts, or a mini laptop that draws inspiration from the Courier and the smaller Sony Vaios. Magnesium from the Surface models and a hinge like the Surface Book may appear.

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