Mi­crosoft may re­lease fold­able smart­phone in 2019

Evening Today - - NATION -

San Fran­cisco: Mi­crosoft’s much-talked-about fold­able Sur­face de­vice, co­de­named “An­dromeda”, may hit the market in 2019, ac­cord­ing to a new book ti­tled “Be­neath a Sur­face”.

The book by jour­nal­ist and tech blog Thur­rot.com col­lab­o­ra­tor Brad Sams, which started ship­ping on Novem­ber 29, cov­ers how Mi­crosoft built the Sur­face brand and also de­tails some of the up­com­ing Sur­face prod­ucts.

“Be­neath a Sur­face” tells how the Red­mond, Wash­ing­ton-head­quar­tered soft­ware gi­ant made its hard­ware dreams a re­al­ity by turn­ing “a fail­ure into a for­tune”.

Sur­face Phone en­thu­si­asts ear­lier this year ran a pe­ti­tion on “Change.org” to per­suade Mi­crosoft to re­verse its re­ported de­ci­sion to can­cel the du­alscreen com­put­ing de­vice.

But the new book sug­gests that “An­dromeda”, a fold­able de­vice that is a phone and a tablet, could be in the hands of the peo­ple next year it­self.

The book sug­gests that An­dromeda could be a bit larger that the “pock­etable” de­sign seen in the patents.

“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,” the au­thor wrote in a blog post.

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