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Surface Phone/Andromeda Device Features Snapdragon 845, Close to Being Ready, But What About the Software?

By Radu Iorga

The Microsoft Surface Phone, or the Andromeda (if they’re one and the same and that’s a pretty big “IF”) is close to being ready it seems. Sources are mentioning that there’s a Qualcomm CPU inside and a potential H2 2018 release is in talks. Even H1 is on the table…

Final prototypes are out for testing, but the software remains unsure. Microsoft did finalize the design of Surface Andromeda and its hardware, but the software isn’t ready, especially on account of the unusual form factor. As you’ve probably heard, we’re dealing with a foldable machine, or better said a dual display one with a foldable hinge down the middle. a Snapdragon 845 is said to be here and I imagine that 6 or 8 GB of RAM are in the cards.

Surface Phone is going to introduce an advanced multitasking feature, that will rely on the two hinged displays of identical size. It’ll all be focused on seamless transition from Tablet Mode to a mobile mode and viceversa. The start screen and the other UI elements are said to adapt to the Tablet/ Mobile modes as well. Andromeda OS is theoretically on track to be ready, but Microsoft isn’t going to release anything half baked this time.

Optimization, seamless functioning, both mode switching, everything has to be ready in H1 2018. While at first the device shouldn’t be able to run Win32 apps, future updates and workarounds may fix that. If you ask me, the only thing sure about the Surface Phone is that we know nothing 100% sure about it. Would love to hear more about Andromeda though.

At this point Andromeda may just be Windows 10 Mobile with a touch of Fluent Design.

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Fresh Leak Reveals that Andromeda Foldable Device From Microsoft Will Make Phone Calls

By James A.

Andromeda is a name that we’ve heard in connection with both Microsoft and Google. One is a software platform, the other a new format of device, but today’s leak has to do with Microsoft’s Andromeda. This project has been leaked again, this time with hints that it may serve as a phone.

The device is expected to be a foldable one, that’s both a dual display smartphone and tablet. The fresh leak comes courtesy of a trusted Microsoft Insider, Walking Cat, who came across the Windows Composable Shell (CShell), when digging into the code from the latest version of Windows 10 Redstone 4. There’s also proof that Andromeda supports a call dialer.

Walking Cat tweeted as well about the fact that Andromeda doesn’t fit in any existing device category, being a foldable machine or as the source calls it “HingedDualScreenDevice”. My guess is that the device will be unveiled at BUILD 2018, or maybe in the fall, in the same time frame with the previous Surface Book/ Lumia unveilings from a few years ago.

I’m finding it a bit hard to imagine what Windows will look like on this device format, with two displays in lieu of one. We could get a hybrid OS between Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10, with a touch of Fluent Design. Also, this may well end up as the Surface Phone, although many have lost hope about that.

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Microsoft Andromeda Device Could Feature Holographic Display Apparently

By Radu Iorga

We keep hearing about this Microsoft Andromeda project, but details are never clear. The latest info about it includes a holographic display somehow. Since Windows Mobile is out of the picture, Surface Phone too, the best we’re going to get is a Surface Note thingie probably.

We’ve heard of an Andromeda foldable tablet, which was inspired by the dead Courier e-reader. Since the device is pretty sure to get two screens, one of them is basically going to be holographic according to the latest info. If this is real, the Andromeda would be the first holographic mobile device. Actually, not exactly the first, since RED also has a holographic display handset coming.

The project is said to include Alex Kipman in charge of hardware, who is known for developing and pushing Microsoft’s Mixed Reality platform. We’ve recently seen the ZTE Axon M debuting, so we know there’s potential for dual display foldable machines, but holographic? That’s just sci fi, man. The problem is that I can bet it uses a ton of processing power and battery, too. It may be something lost in translation, between the “HoloLens” and “Holo”graphic display of a mobile device.

Things have to be cleared between big companies too, because Google had an Andromeda project and Microsoft has an Andromeda project and Mass Effect Andromeda is a thing (was a thing). I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple also has a project with this name. Of course, the whole holographic dual display machine is going to be a super limited edition device, like the Galaxy X from Samsung, so don’t get hyped.

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Andromeda Could Be the Next Big Thing: a Windows 10 Foldable Tablet With ARM CPU

By Radu Iorga

“Foldable” is the key word for 2018 it seems, since more and more companies have started coming up with dual display handsets that flex in the middle and other formats of folding devices. Now there’s a new device that drew our interest, but it’s actually not 100% new, since we’ve heard about it before: the Andromeda.

Many people are confused by this name, because it has been used a ton of times. We’ve got a Mass Effect game named like that, a Google platform that never came and a Microsoft project that was supposed to replace Windows 10 Mobile. Now there’s a new Andromeda, one that comes from Microsoft and it’s rumored to be a revival of the 2009 Courier e-reader-like slate.

The unique thing about it is that it runs on ARM, so it’s one of those new fangled Qualcomm chipset devices with Windows 10 on ARM. Lenovo and ASUS have been getting tight with such projects lately. The device is in prototype phase for now and it seems to be a two display notebook of sorts, that can be folded and closed. There’s a OneNote-based app as the centerpiece and a stylus working with Windows Ink is in the mix too.

The company is targeting a launch for next year, but we don’t have any clear details just yet. What’s sure is that the following two months will bring us more and more Windows 10 on ARM devices and formats will vary greatly, from bigger phablets basically to large laptops.

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