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Microsoft Patent Shows that the Courier Device is Very Much Alive

By Radu Iorga

Remember the Microsoft Courier? Odds are that you won’t, since it was a project back in 2010, that featured a device opening up like a book, in order to reveal a dual display, connected by a hinge. Guess what! It’s back, as revealed by a patent.

This time the machine seems a bit slimmer and includes a special array of flexible circuits, a hinge sub-assembly and various hinge arms. Microsoft has been working on a flexible machine for years now, with a variety of prototypes leaked, canned and then revamped. The Courier was the last big one, being developed in 2009 and leaked over the next years.

We thought it was cancelled in the end, but apparently not. It resurfaces via a patent from November 2016, one that was published recently and shows a freshly developed hinge mechanism. It seems to use a combo of clever mechanics and magnets to create a foldable device. It’s supposed to remain securely closed when you snap the two parts shut.

The hinge is also supposed to remain unseen. Microsoft’s Surface series already does a fine job with keeping MS relevant in the tablet biz and it also showed some intelligent approaches. We’re talking about magnets, magnesium and impressive mechanical designs on the Surface Book. With Samsung trying to come up with a flexible tablet for years now, Microsoft’s alarm bells may have been set off by an imminent release, so maybe they’re up to something fresh as well.

As usual patents don’t mean a real product is actually coming…

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Microsoft’s New Surface Pen is Truly Amazing, One Step Closer to Lag-Free Drawing and Input (Video)

By Radu Iorga

One of the biggest unveils during Microsoft’s Surface event from Shanghai this week was the brand new Surface Pen. This is supposed to be the “fastest pen in the world” and Microsoft wasn’t afraid to compare its product to the Apple Pen.

After many years of research and development, the Redmond firm has finally come up with a stylus to offer us almost no visual delay, as it writes or draws on the screen. The brand new Microsoft Surface Pen comes with 4096 pressure levels and it’s able to recognize tilt, so you can use that to shade things, like a regular pen would let you. Another novelty here is the 21 milliseconds of latency that this pen achieves.

Microsoft claims that most of its rivals offer around 100 milliseconds in this area and they’re working on achieving 1 millisecond input in the future. The Surface Pen looks amazing, even from the presentation videos and it’s quite appealing, especially since it doesn’t have an annoying charging system that requires it to be placed at the bottom of a tablet, like the Apple Pen.

Compared to the predecessor, the new pen is actually two times more accurate and has 4 times more pressure sensitivity. There’s also something called the PixelSense Accelerator, which is a custom chip that will enhance colors and interaction for the 12.3 inch PixelSense screen on the Surface Pro. The stylus is available in Platinum, Burgundy, Cobalt Blue and Black. It should be compatible with previous Surface models.

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Surface Pro will get a USB Type-C dongle to connect to your dongles

By Peter Bright

Enlarge / The new Surface Pro looks very similar to the Pro 4 and Pro 3. (credit: Microsoft)

The new Kaby Lake-equipped Surface Pro is an incremental update on the Surface Pro 4. It has Intel’s latest processor and a healthy improvement to battery life, but it doesn’t include USB Type-C or Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

But Type-C connectivity may be coming later in the year. Panos Panay, vice president of Surface, told the Verge that the company was working on a dongle for the Surface Pro and the Surface Laptop to add Type-C connectivity. The dongle will connect to the Surface Connect port—the magnetic port used to connect to the charger and to the Surface Dock—and will support both charging from Type-C chargers and connecting to Type-C peripherals.

The Surface Connect port also supports display output—Microsoft’s own Surface Dock includes display connectivity, as well as Ethernet, USB, and power—so in principle this dongle could also support USB Type-C’s Alternate Modes, allowing the use of Type-C cables to connect to Type-C monitors.

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Microsoft Debuts New Surface Pro Tablet, With Kaby Lake Processor, New Type Covers and 13.5 Hour Battery Life

By James A.

During today’s Microsoft event from Shanghai, the Redmond giant unveiled its latest Surface Pro tablet, as expected. It’s in fact an upgraded Surface Pro 4 and it simply goes by the name of “Surface Pro”. This machine stands out through an impressive battery, expected to offer up to 13.5 hours of functioning time on a charge.

Inside there’s the latest gen Intel Kaby Lake CPU series, with options going from Core m and Core i5 (fanless) to Intel Core i7 with fan included. The famous Microsoft kickstand is kept, but in a new version and you can also get the Surface Pen stylus for $99. That accessory provides 4096 levels of pressure and a 21 ms latency. Upfront we find the same 12.3 inch PixelSense screen, but with a changed resolution of 2256 x 1504 pixels.

A novelty here is the support for 4G LTE and we also get USB 3.0 connectivity, WiFi and a microSIM and eSIM slot. Omnisonic speakers also make the cut with Dolby Audio Premium acoustics. The tablet will be sold with 4, 8 or 16 GB of RAM and 128, 256 or 512 GB of flash storage. Microsoft Surface Pro provides 13.5 hours of video playback on the Core i5 model, which is quite the bump from the 9 hours promised for the Surface Pro 4.

 

New Alcantara Type Covers will be available, in cobalt blue, burgundy and platinum. The hing sits lower for drawing (165 degree range of motion) and the version with the fan will be reasonably quiet, at just 18 dB. The Surface Pro is up for preorder right not starting at $799. It ships on June 15th.

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Surface Pro updated at last: Kaby Lake gives longer battery life, but still no modern ports

By Peter Bright

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Microsoft has announced the long-awaited refresh to its Surface Pro line of 2-in-1 tablets. The successor to the Surface Pro 4 is simply the Surface Pro—no numeric appellation to denote the hardware iteration—and it brings with it a Kaby Lake processor to replace the Skylake chip in the Pro 4. But that’s about all it does: those hoping for forward-looking features such as USB Type-C ports or Thunderbolt 3 connectivity will have to continue to look elsewhere.

With its new Kaby Lake chip, Microsoft is claiming up to 13.5 hours of battery life, a healthy boost to the estimated nine hours of the Pro 4. As before, there will be three processor options: at the low end, the ultra-low power Core m3-7Y30, with a base speed of 1GHz and a top speed of 2.6GHz. In the middle, the new Pro will use the medium power i5-7300U, with a 2.6GHz base and a 3.5GHz turbo.

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