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Microsoft Imagines a Dual Audio System for the Andromeda / Surface Phone Foldable Smartphone

By Claudiu Sima

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Although Microsoft has denied all the rumors about the development of a foldable smartphone, the patents associated with such a device continue to appear online, confirming that the IT giant is planning such a product. Today, for example, we are discovering a new patent associated with Microsoft Andromeda / Surface Phone that reveals a kind of dual audio system.

This technology will allow users to adjust volume according to the type of content displayed in multitasking when the foldable screen is split into two. Thus, an example is the one in the right area where we play a game while on the right we have the audio player open. Here, the user will be able to choose a different volume level for each of the two activities.

There will be two onboard speakers that can be used separately for playing different audio materials or for stereo audio playback. Face recognition will also be used to make the volume adjust automatically based on the distance we are from the device or when we switch from one screen to another.

Apparently, the technology would also work when wireless headphones or headphones are connected, and another feature is to turn the mute mode on when the user’s face is not detected around.

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The volume slider will also be present on screen software and the document indicates the ability to see power and volume buttons with haptic feedback. We don’t know, however, whether the technology will end up on Surface Phone a.k.a Andromeda and not even if this device will be launched in the near future.

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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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