New Microsoft Documents Evoke Ambitious Surface Duo Future
Folding screen devices are becoming more common in wallets; either as devices that seek commercial success or to showcase a manufacturer’s individual innovation. Microsoft’s Surface Duo family continues to stand out in this Android space.
The Surface Duo user interface echoes the improved approaches in Windows 11, but Microsoft is not above using Surface Duo as its own showcase. Recent Microsoft documents show that Redmond’s R&D teams are working hard to find new solutions to debut on the platform.
The details are in a recently published patent entitled “Folding Display Device” which describes a new hinge that allows you to open a shell device such as a 360-degree Surface Duo while using a single flexible screen that passes on both sides. Windows Latest has more:
“In the patent application, Microsoft is talking about a folding device that folds 360 degrees in a foldable part. It uses a back cover and a layer of cover glass that covers the entire screen and adds a layer of light emission between the back cover and the glass cover of the cover to ensure a natural experience “.
It should be noted that this concept moves away from the dual screen approach adopted by Surface Duo and Duo 2, which use two physically separate screens, to a single folding screen. No doubt the former made sense when the Surface Duo was designed before its revelation to the media in 2019, folding screens were very much on the expensive and fragile side of the spreadsheet.
Time and technology have been advancing ever since. With more manufacturers building folding devices and more knowledge about folding materials, it makes sense for Microsoft to research all options for a future Surface Duo.
Of course, we are looking at a patent here, with no guarantee that it will be seen in a commercial release. What it does tell us is that Microsoft’s continued focus on the Duo is not limited to continuous software development, but also to new hardware.
Is the Surface Duo 3 on its way? This is a little harder to answer. You could read the cadence of hardware sales as a year or two between models … the first Surface Duo was announced in October 2019 before the September 2020 release, while the Surface Duo 2 followed a year later with an October 2021 release.
Personally, I think we’re looking for a two-year cadence, which would put the Surface Duo 3 in the early fourth quarter of 2023. Until then, the Duo community is waiting for regular Microsoft software updates, especially because the Duo and Duo 2 they now match each other in terms of software compatibility.
The next big moment for the Surface Duo family is likely to be the launch of Android 12L and its biggest support for both tablets and dual screen devices. This could increase the Duo and Duo 2 with more software compatibility, new features, and a streamlined user interface.
Now read my review on the transformation of Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio …