Mi­crosoft may re­lease fold­able smart­phone in 2019

Oman Daily Observer - - SCITECH -

MI­CROSOFT’S much talked­about 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, Wash­ing­ton­head­quar­tered 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 dual-screen 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. South Korean smart­phone maker Sam­sung last month un­veiled a fold­able smart­phone and an­nounced that it would re­lease the de­vice in the first half of 2019. — IANS

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