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Microsoft patents a foldable device with three screens

A recent Microsoft patent has revealed that the company is looking into developing a new Surface product. The patent depicts a peculiar device that resembles the Surface Duo but with three displays on a single hinge mechanism. This may be a new product the Microsoft Surface team is currently working on.

According to the patent, the new Microsoft device features two separate screens brought together with a single hinge mechanism in the middle. This also makes it quite similar to the Surface Duo and Neo. Apart from the twin primary displays, the patent also reveals a much smaller third display, which looks like a status bar on the edge of the device.

Looking at the patent, the third screen has been labelled as Control Logic and might be an area for a few particular functionalities. This edge screen may have limited capabilities but could display the time, notifications, show connected device and a lot more. Rather, Microsoft says users can also choose to have additional information being viewed through the smaller screen. An example of this could be missed calls and other essential notifications being shown even if the primary displays aren’t active.

In the patent, a small description has also been found in the documents. It states that traditional smartphones have only one screen to display all the relevant information and notifications to users. So, Microsoft aims to address the issue with its newly patented idea for finding a new way to displays information, calls or even messages.

According to the patent description, the device looks similar to Surface Neo/Duo. Still, a third screen has been added to the hinge section to display incoming calls, text messages and APP notifications, as well as information about weather, time, alarms, electricity, and more.

The third screen, called the Edge Screen, is a hinge area of the screen, and the information is displayed on the edged screen according to the orientation of the device. The display of this edge screen is limited, basically just necessary information about the tool. Examples include virtual controls, browser bookmarks, notifications, time, remaining power, user identity, the ability to move content from one screen area to another, and the indicator marks used to run applications and connected devices.

Microsoft says the information displayed on the hinge screen area depends on the user’s current intent. Microsoft will be able to find out if users are interested in other information that can be displayed on the third screen. For example, when a device is turned off, the third screen can show notifications, such as the number of missed calls and unread text messages.


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