Microsoft is finally considering bringing their foldable device to the market, the preparation of which started long back, however. Also, as per the recently published Forbes report, Microsoft’s folding Surface will have support for Android apps.
A fresh patent filled by Microsoft and published by WIPO on June 20 gives us a close look at what the folding Surface might look like.
The patent primarily talks about the closing mechanism of the device. It’ll have a magnet in both the display and as the screens approach each other, the attraction force between the two gets more effective, and therefore when the device is closed the attraction force between the two display is maximum, meaning that they are held tight when the device is closed.
An electronic device or an electronic device assembly is disclosed. The electronic device or device arrangement may include a first portion and a second portion, a first magnet disposed within the first portion and rotatable about an axis of rotation with respect to the first portion, and a second magnet within the second portion is arranged and is rotatable about an axis of rotation with respect to the second portion. The first and second magnets may be configured to rotate so that the first and second magnets magnetically engage each other when the distance between the first and second magnets is equal to or less than a first distance.
Microsoft is also aware of the fact that a strong magnetic field can damage other electronic gadgets as well as important items such as credit cards, key cards ID cards or magnetic cards, and therefore, they have decided to minimize the strength of the magnetic field.
In one or more embodiments of the electronic device, the magnetic field outside of the first and second portions of the electronic device or device assembly may be minimized. This may make it possible to reduce or eliminate the risk that the magnetic field outside the electronic device will be detrimental, such as erasing data from or destroying magnetic stripe in items such as credit cards, keycards, ID cards or magnetic cards from car parks.
Rumor has it that Microsoft will be releasing their folding Surface device next year and powering the device will be the mysterious Windows Core OS, a.k.a. WCOS.