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Microsoft Surface Phone 2017 Latest News: Patent For Foldable Smartphone Surfaces

By Edge Ison , Mar 10, 2017 04:04 AM EST
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The Microsoft Surface Phone has yet to be unveiled but that hasn't stopped rumor mongers from dropping rumor after rumor about the possibility of the software giant joining the mobile phone industry with a smartphone of its own. One new rumor says the supposed Surface Phone will be a foldable smartphone.

A patent filed by Microsoft with the United States Patent and trademark Office (USPTO) indicates the possibility of the Microsoft Surface Phone to come with a foldable screen. The filing was actually done back in 2016 and was granted in January this year. The now-patented Microsoft device or innovation is described as a "mobile computing gadget with a flexible hinge structure". The device may be used like a tablet for reading and browsing and can be folded to the size of a smartphone to use for sending texts and making calls. In "tent mode", the device can be used for watching movies and videos. According to The Marshal Town, the device was invented by Kabir Siddiqui who also happens to hold the patent for the Surface camera and Surface kickstand.

The Microsoft Surface Phone is rumored to come in 2017 but there has been no confirmation yet from the company itself. In fact, the company did not make any announcements related to the Surface Phone at the recently-concluded Mobile World Congress. A number of rumors have surfaced about Microsoft's smartphone, however. Among the rumors about the Surface Phone is that it will come in three variants all of which will likely adopt the all-metal design. The Consumer Edition will likely be the cheaper version possibly with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage. The Business Edition will come with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage while the Enthusiast Edition will reportedly come with 8GB of RAM and 500GB of internal memory.

Despite being a relatively new player in the hardware industry, Microsoft has impressed with its Surface devices particularly the Surface Pro, Surface Book, Surface Studio and Surface Hub. Many pundits believe that Microsoft's entry into the field of smartphone making is forthcoming especially after the patent for a possible foldable Microsoft Surface Phone was discovered.

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