Microsoft to Get Patent for a Foldable Display Device

Tech giant Microsoft is reportedly in process of getting a patent for a foldable display device. The company recently filed for patent with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The foldable display device will make use of a free-stop 360-degree hinge mechanism.

Microsoft Foldable Display Device Andromeda

Foldable Display Device Andromeda

This is what the Microsoft’s patent filing states:

“Dual-display devices are becoming more popular. With a dual-display device, the mobile phone or tablet can include an open, expanded position where both displays are flush so that the user feels like there is a single integrated display. In a closed, condensed position, both displays are face-to-face so as to protect the displays. In a fully-open position, the dual displays can sit back-to-back so the user needs to flip the device to view the opposing display.”

The device by Microsoft will be called ‘Andromeda’ and will come with dual-displays, suggests the filing. To justify its patent, Microsoft stated that consumers are now opting for smartphones with a thin-bezel design and larger screen size. However, as increasing the display size leads to larger phones, Microsoft reiterated the need for a foldable dual-display design is their solution for it.

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It’s being said that Microsoft’s foldable display device Andromeda could work in a phone and a tablet mode. The patent further explains how the free-hinge mechanism works. CLICK to view the patent drawings here.

Foldable Display Device Andromeda by Microsoft