Software giant Microsoft made news last week when it reclaimed the title of the world’s most valuable listed company after more than 15 years. And right at the start of this week, a report about the company’s foldable Surface device has surfaced.
According to a new book titled ‘Beneath a Surface’, the device has been codenamed ‘Andromeda’ and is likely to be launched in 2019. It is worth noticing that the book has been written by journalist and tech blog Thurrot.com collaborator Brad Sams. The book started shipping on November 29 and talked about how that software giant built the Surface brand and then gives some details about its upcoming surface products.
‘Beneath a Surface’ also sheds light on how Microsoft turned its hardware dreams into reality much like turning “a failure into a fortune.”
Earlier this year, a petition on Change.org was filed by Surface Phone enthusiasts to persuade Microsoft to reverse its ‘decision’ to cancel the dual-screen computing device.
But now, the new book has suggested that ‘Andromeda’, which as we mentioned earlier is a foldable device the company is working on, could reach people next year itself. Microsoft’s foldable device would work as a phone as well as a tablet.
The book also goes on to say that ‘Andromeda’ could be slightly bigger than an average ‘pocketable’ design that has been spotted in patents till now.
Beneath a Surface’s author, Brad Sams wrote in a blog post, “Again, this device will ship when it’s ready and there is justification for it but the company sees it as a visionary device and it is currently slated for a Q4 (of 2019) release.” He went to on add, “And the device that started the entire book, the Surface Pro will get heavily updated in Q4 of 2019 with thinner bezels, new colour options, USB-C, and a few other enhancements.”
To recall, last month South Korean technology giant Samsung unveiled its foldable phone at its Developer Conference. Samsung’s foldable phone is expected to be present at CES 2019 and it will be launched later along with the company’s Galaxy S10 lineup. Other companies that are working on a foldable phone include Huawei, LG, Oppo, Xiaomi and Lenovo. We do expect to see a number of foldable devices next year but we would obviously have to wait to see if they become mainstream or not.