Foldable phones look at a future beyond patents and prototypes as manufacturers are getting serious about the cross between a tablet and a pocketable phone. The latest to do is Microsoft, which is looking at resurrecting its Courier device in reality as a foldable note-taking tablet with a stylus Also Read - Friendship Day gifting ideas for your young tech-savvy besties under Rs 5,000Also Read - Apple releases important iOS 14.7.1 update: iPhone users must download it right now
Microsoft Courier was like a digital journal for taking notes and doodling on-the-go. However, the hardware never made it to the hands of the consumers. Now, according to a report on Windows Central, Microsoft could bring a similar device, which could be released as early as next year.
Given the company’s Windows Phone is dying and the tablet market is getting more competitive with products such as Apple iPad Pro and Samsung’s extra-large Galaxy Note 8, which kind of doubles up as a note-taking tablet, Microsoft’s purported note-taking device could bring about a new line of hardware. ALSO READ: Samsung s foldable smartphone to launch next year under Galaxy Note series
What Microsoft appears to be working on is a device that will fold like a book, and have an emphasis on digital ink. 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 cannot be overlooked. The hybrid device could also run traditional desktop apps with the upcoming emulation capabilities of Windows 10. In addition to that, the foldable device could have its own notebook app which would mimic writing on a real notebook. ALSO READ: Apple partners with LG Display for its first foldable iPhone: Report
Although there is no official word on the existence of the device, Microsoft has in the past filed a patent for a foldable phone that turns into a tablet. Samsung too is working on a similar hardware that folds like a pocketable book and opens up as a 7-inch tablet. If Microsoft is indeed working on the said device, it is most likely to be an iPhone or Android competitor.
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