Is Microsoft working on a new 'foldable' tablet?

Microsoft reportedly working on Courier-like device for taking digital ...

Microsoft reportedly working on Courier-like device for taking digital ...

The Redmond-based tech company tried everything to establish itself in the smartphone universe, which is heavily dominated by Android and iOS, and the tech company even purchased Nokia in the process. But that didn't work.

The Microsoft Surface Phone has been in the rumor mill for several months, and the lack of confirmed reports is raising the odds that the first smartphone under the Surface label will remain as pure speculation.

There might be something else, though. With the hidden area still including support for Windows Hello at checkout, and other Microsoft account features, it is evident that Microsoft will soon be using the Microsoft Store app to sell much more than games and apps. That was exciting, but nothing came of it. Designed as a digital journal, the Microsoft Courier combined two screens to fold over like a book, with a stylus for taking notes.

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What's more interesting is that the device is meant to be pocketable when folded, just like a phone.

As mentioned above, the device will be keeping the pen and digital ink at the front and centre. The purported device, codenamed Andromeda, is likely to run ARM-based chipset and given Microsoft's focus on Windows 10 software, the presence of Windows apps such as OneNote and Edge can not be overlooked. The device will have a foldable display and act more as a tablet when it's open. While Microsoft has recently announced that it is ending the Windows Phone and that it would only deliver updates for bug fixes to the users the device, recent rumors claim that the company may, indeed, be working on the Surface Phone. The Andromeda foldable device will also be equipped with CShell or Composable shell, a software that adjusts the user interface to be suitable for any type of platform. A release schedule that early could mean that the company already has a final or pre-final design on hand.

"We will continue to be in the phone market not as defined by today's market leaders, but by what it is that we can uniquely do in what is the most ultimate mobile device", Nadella told the Australian Financial Review a year ago. Feel free to sound off in the comments section below! For any further need, you can take notes.

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