Technology has been somewhat boring lately, but Microsoft is about to fire things up. According to The Verge, Microsoft has been working on a dual-screen pocketable Surface device for at least to years that has the codename of “Andromeda.”
“It’s a new pocketable Surface device form factor that brings together innovative new hardware and software experiences to create a truly personal and versatile computing experience,” Microsoft says of the device, adding that it will further blur the lines between a PC and a smartphone.
For those who doubt Microsoft can do something like this, all you have to do is look back at the first Surface RT device in 2012 and the Surface Pro release in 2013. Those devices were laughed at (although they showed major promise). But by the third iteration of the Surface Pro (the Surface RT was discontinued), Microsoft did exactly what it set out to do. And the latest Surface Pro is everything a PC/tablet combo should be.
There have been rumors of a new Surface Phone for the past couple of years now, but nothing concrete has ever emerged. Microsoft hasn’t been successful in the mobile smartphone market, and many thought the highly-touted Surface Phone was what the company needed in order to turn around their mobile fortunes. Who knew that Microsoft was creating something even better than the Surface Phone concept?
It is rumored that the device will run Windows 10. Microsoft got itself into trouble last decade when they tried to put the Windows desktop operating system on devices known as Ultra Mobile PCs. The main problem besides the awful battery life was that consumers didn’t really want the complexity of a desktop operating system on a small device. But Windows has changed over the past 10 years, and it’s possible that Windows 10 can work on a smartphone-sized device now.
People who purchase the Andromeda device probably won’t be purchasing it to replace their laptops or desktop PCs, so Microsoft would be smart to use ARM-based mobile processors in order to save battery life. It looks like Microsoft will add stylus support, which is very much needed in order to compete with the Galaxy Note and the upcoming iPhone X Plus, which may be the first Apple device to have stylus support.
There are no predictions on when Microsoft’s device will come out. But if they decide to release it in time for the Christmas season, it will certainly throw a curve ball to Apple and Samsung’s marketing plans. 2018 could really be the year of the smartphone we’ve been waiting for.