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Microsoft Foldable Windows 10 Device rumored to be Powered Snapdragon 1000 CPU

By James A.

There’s a new rumor going around and saying that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 processor was specifically created for Windows on ARM devices. Nothing exactly new here, but we also have a very strong candidate for that premiere: the Microsoft Andromeda device.

Also known as the Surface Phone, the device is now said to be packing the S1000 CPU, which is also meant for laptops, desktops and even the HoloLens 2. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 CPU is certainly going to be powerful, judging by the name alone. Microsoft Andromeda isn’t the sort of modern flagship that competes with the Galaxy S9 or iPhone X, but rather a separate beast.

It’s meant to usher a new age of Microsoft hardware and a new type of design. It won’t look like your average smartphone and not even like your average foldable. It should have a discrete hinge down the middle, two foldable screens and a plurality of formats to approach. Microsoft already published a slew of patents over the last year, all of them related to the Surface Phone, so hype is huge.

The rumored device will be a dual screen machine, with Windows 10 on ARM, or some sort of Windows Core version. Mum’s the word on whether or not this device will actually be ready for the fall release…

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Intel Showcases Dual Screen Foldable Device, Possible Surface Phone Precursor

By Radu Iorga

Intel showcased a dual screen foldable machine recently, which may just be a precursor for the Surface Phone, or maybe even the Samsung Galaxy X. The device is just a prototype for now, shown briefly to some journalists, in a few versions. Let’s check them out.

Intel has been lagging behind a bit in this computing space, as the Windows on ARM projects have been getting stronger. One would guess that future foldables will have Snapdragons inside. Intel is on the case, having created one dual display device with foldable hinge, that uses a normal screen and next to it an EPD (Electronic Paper Display).

This device would be ideal for note taking. The EPD will use less power than a normal screen and improve battery life. This looks a bit like a bigger ZTE Axon M. Then we’ve got the other prototype, which feels like a mini Sony Vaio or maybe the ASUS Precog, but once again in a miniature version. It has a main screen and a secondary screen that’s used for the keyboard input.

 

The flexible form factor will trigger multiple formats. This may end up as the Andromeda project, in case Microsoft hooks up with Intel. This Intel project is known as “Tiger Rapids” and one thing it has going for it is the very slim waistline, much slimmer compared to all those sketches and prototypes I’ve seen out there. Windows Ink may also be int he mix and a 7.9 inch LCD display should be one of the screens.

A SSD, WiFi, USB Type-C and a Kaby Lake CPU complete the package.

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Microsoft Designer Hints at Surface Phone Through Courier Resurrection

By Radu Iorga

Remember the Microsoft Courier? The ill fated tablet/e-reader got canned in 2012, back when such a foldable machine could have ruled the market. The iPad was still young and prone to get beaten, but Steve Ballmer couldn’t see it. Fast forward to 2018 and the Courier may have just inspired the Surface Phone/Andromeda. Hints were dropped during a recent conference.

We’ve seen ridiculous leaks over the past year, with crazy hinges patented, as well as 3 display devices. Microsoft is really trying to come up with something special, even though proof is seldom found about the device. The Redmond giant held the BUILD 2018 conference earlier this month and during it there was a moment when Microsoft designer Jon Friedman briefly discussed the Courier and its cancellation.

Why would he bring it up, except to make it come to life, right? The Courier was ahead of its time, with two displays, the ability to fold in and out, but Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 couldn’t cope with it back then. The device came with stylus support, which made it ideal for note taking, so that’s another bummer. The fact that people at Microsoft are still talking about a project from 6 years ago means that they really saw something special in it.

The Surface Phone/Andromeda may draw heavy inspiration from that device, this time with Windows 10 on board. The latest rumors say that the Surface Phone could end up running a full version of Windows 10, making it fully compatible with the Microsoft OS and accessories. We still don’t know when it will come, but IFA 2018 feels like a safe bet. You know what would be nice? Snapdragon 845 on board and Windows 10 S with a huge battery life.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Hints That Mobile Device Investments Are Still Alive

By James A.

During a recent talk with investors, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella discussed the future opportunities that the company has in its multiple sections. Windows Phone has basically been canned, but other mobile opportunities are coming.

Mr. Nadella spoke during the April Conference Call, that may preface what we will see during next week’s BUILD event. The conference included a quote from the Microsoft main man, saying that the company’s strengths rely on first party and third party experiences. Platform investments are mentioned, cloud enhancing with AI and the possibility for developers to build and monetize games on PC, console and mobile

That doesn’t mean much and one could read anything in Nadella’s words. “Mobile devices” may mean anything right now, from phones to tablets, ARM devices and laptops. Microsoft actually had a good quarter over the past months, with a 16% increase of quarterly revenue. Multiple patent leaks have shown that Microsoft is indeed working on something special for mobile, a dual screen foldable device, that may work as both a phone and tablet.

Last I heard, the Surface Phone will be based on the Windows Core OS, or Andromeda OS. It’s supposed to be a new flavour of Windows 10, compatible with any form factor. I guess that we’ll know more in about a week. Details about Redstone 5 may also appear, plus new Surface devices.

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Surface Phone Might Happen After All; Mobile Related APIs Show Up in Windows 10 Redstone 5

By Claudiu Sima

One of the most interesting phone we’re hearing news over and over again is Microsoft Surface Phone, product that received a lot of leaks, mostly being patents published by the IT company. Now we finally have some hard proof, that one being that Microsoft included mobile related APIs in the latest Windows 10 Redstone 5.

This introduction arrives after about a year ago when the mobile APIs were completely removed from Windows 10 Update Fall Creators, which disappointed some users thinking that Surface Phone would not happen. Now with their deployment in the latest release of Windows 10, hope appears on the horizon.

According to sone information leaked online, these APIs allow a dialer software, the ability to block calls, make video calls, and other tasks that are usually associated with a mobile operating system. It would not make sense on a laptop or tablet with Windows 10, so the only possibility is that Microsoft will return to the smartphone segment.

If Microsoft Surface Phone becomes official, we will get top-of-the-range features and a clamshell design that reminds of ZTE Axon M with two displays There are also special designs that involve folding panels, but for the moment I do not think that will be the case.

According to some rumors, Microsoft’s Surface Phone launch might happen in less than 3 weeks during Build 2018 conference.

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