Microsoft is Reportedly Working On a Foldable Tablet That Could Replace Your Smartphone
Let’s face it, Windows Phone is dead. Microsoft’s attempts to enter the smartphone market have met dead-end as the company simply couldn’t compete with Samsung and Apple. But that doesn’t mean Microsoft is abandoning the mobile market all-together. Windows Central looked into some of Microsoft’s internal projects and found that Microsoft is working on an intriguing new project that could, in theory, replace your smartphone.
Codenamed “Andromeda,” the device will reportedly be “a foldable tablet that runs Windows 10 built with Windows Core OS, along with CShell to take advantage of its foldable display.” The details of the nature of the display aren’t clear. It is possible that this device will feature two separate screens connected by a hinge or if the display itself will be flexible.
Lately, Microsoft’s hardware team has been big on creating category-defining devices. The original Surface, for example, was billed as a tablet that could replace your laptop. Rather than replacing your laptop, Andromeda would, instead, replace your phone by offering a foldable tablet with the capability to send texts and make phone calls.
That being said, users shouldn’t see this as a revamped Windows Phone or even a Surface Phone because it appears that this device is positioned as a digital notebook with the ability to function as a phone rather than a phone which can function as a tablet. Andromeda’s selling point will be pen and digital ink support which is something that many of the Surface devices have.
This device, assuming it is ever released, isn’t likely to be meant for the average consumer. Microsoft has said that it believes it is too late to compete with Android and iOS. Instead, it is likely that they’ll market this device to students, artists, and people in the business community. In other words, people who could benefit from having a digital notebook capable of replacing their smartphone.
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