Microsoft has reportedly been working on a foldable Surface device, shaped like a notepad of sorts. In patents granted last week, we got our first peek at what the device may look like, and now designer David Breyer has converted those into some really spiffy 3D concept art.
Images courtesy: David Breyer
It’s still unsure whether the mysterious device will be a new Surface Phone or a tablet. All that can really be said is that it will be composed of two half sections that fold together like a notebook.
According to the patent, the device has a display wrapping around the hinge, which opens outward a full 360 degrees, and would likely work in a half, flat, and tent mode. Previous rumours have also indicated it’ll have a stylus to transform it into a notepad. Aside from that, it looks remarkably like the Nintendo DS handheld gaming console of old.
— David Breyer (@D_Breyer) December 18, 2017
Again, it’s important to remember that these are just concept images based only on patents released by Microsoft. There’s no guarantee those patents will ever result in a device reaching the commercial market. After all, Microsoft has already in the past developed a device only to dump the project a few weeks before launch. Then again, early patents of the Surface Studio desktop almost exactly matched the final product at launch, so it’s possible a Surface Phone is actually on the way, perhaps by the end of 2018.