“Surface Neo, move out” Microsoft’s new foldable device patent

Will there be more new Surface products? If you look at Microsoft’s recent patent information, it is very likely.

According to information discovered by Windows Latest, a news information site for Microsoft enthusiasts, Microsoft has acquired a new device patent that can separate two screens from each other using a magnetic hinge. The related diagrams can help you understand how the new patented technology works.

In October of last year, Microsoft announced the Surface Duo or Surface Neo, a dual-screen device, which have not yet been released, but are completely differentiated from these products. However, it is unclear whether this patent will be the primary weapon for subsequent products or to be used in new product lines. Currently, the Surface family can only be detached from a keyboard that uses the screen as a case, like the Surface Pro 7 or Surface Book 3.

In the description of the patent, Microsoft said, “Users can separate parts of the device and use them individually. So, from some point of view, a physical magnetic hinge assembly implementation can be seen as a virtual hinge.” It explains that the device can be securely connected and instantaneously synchronized using a magnetic hinge, and both screens can operate independently like two tablets at the same time. Compared to the current Surface family, flexibility is significantly higher.

The Surface Duo and Surface Neo show that Microsoft is focusing on the future possibilities of foldable devices, and the new patents confirm this again.

Of course, it should also be considered that the proportion of the patents held by Microsoft is actually applied to the final product. Nevertheless, you can see what design Microsoft is considering as the hardware of the future. And if it’s commercialized in any way, I hope it won’t be as long as the announcement and release like Surface Neo. [email protected]