Microsoft has been rumored to be working on a secret Surface device for the last two years. The device is codenamed Andromeda and previous rumors have touted it to carry an innovative design, which features dual-displays and a foldable chassis. While that was the only thing we knew so far, a leaked internal document from Microsoft, hints at the device being pocketable, meaning it could be as portable as a smartphone.
The internal document was spotted by the Verge and it claims that the new device will help redefine Surface products, further bridging the gap between smartphones and laptops. The document describes the device as, “a new pocketable Surface device form factor that brings together innovative new hardware and software experiences to create a truly personal and versatile computing experience.”
While the other Surface devices were also aimed at creating a segment between tablets and PCs, Microsoft believes the Andromeda to be better equipped in terms of hardware and software, making it more versatile than ever. Adding to the dual-screen displays, reports have also suggested Microsoft to equip the device with stylus support. This would make it easier to take notes on. Microsoft is also reported to be experimenting with ARM processors. However, it’s not confirmed whether the device will be powered by a Qualcomm or an Intel processor.
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While the device is suggested to launch in 2018, judging by how secret things have been kept by Microsoft, it’s uncertain if Andromeda will ever see the light of the day. Prior to this, the company was reported to be working on Surface Mini, which was cancelled only a few weeks before its actual launch. It’s still unclear if Andromeda will have the same fate. On the flipside, if everything goes right, then Microsoft could be launching the device this year, followed by other variants developed by OEMs Microsoft is working with.