Microsoft Andromeda: A Folding Dual-Screen ‘Surface Mini’?

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A mock-up of Microsoft's 'Andromeda' Surface device by designer David Beyer

Microsoft’s top-secret Andromeda device looks to have broken cover ahead of its year-end release, and it looks like this Windows-powered ‘Surface Mini’ will boast a unique folding dual-screen form factor, much like pocket-sized version of a 2-in-1 laptop.

A mock-up of Microsoft's 'Andromeda' Surface device by designer David Beyer

Almost two years in the making at the Microsoft skunkworks, the next-generation device will seek to meld innovative new hardware and software experiences and bridge the PC vs mobile chasm.

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A mock-up of Microsoft's 'Andromeda' Surface device by designer David Beyer

Designer David Beyer released these mock-ups based on Microsoft’s published Andromeda patents.

A mock-up of Microsoft's 'Andromeda' Surface device by designer David Beyer

In the coming months the Andromeda codename will be dropped and swapped when the device is launched as a member of the Surface family.

Leaked Microsoft documents obtained by tech website The Verge describe Andromeda as “a new pocketable Surface device form factor” intended to “blur the lines between mobile and stationary computing.”

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A mock-up of Microsoft's 'Andromeda' Surface device by designer David Beyer

Previously-published patent diagrams of the Andromeda device showcase a user interface which stretches across both displays, with a virtual keyboard and trackpad appearing on one section and simplified apps such as a weather display on the other.

Little is known by way of hard details, even on the design and mechanics of the wrap-around screen, although Andromeda is expected to come with a stylus to emphasis its role as a ‘digital notepad’ when folded over.

A mock-up of Microsoft's 'Andromeda' Surface device by designer David Beyer

If and how Andromeda would fit into the smartphone space also remains to be seen.

Intel is also said to be working on dual-screen devices as part of its own platform push with hardware partners such as Asus and Lenovo.