Multinational technology company, Microsoft has recently granted by the US with a patent that is a new kind of mobile device. It is built with flexible parts that could turn the device into both a smartphone and a tablet. This just came up days after the Korea herald disclosed LG and Samsung's plan to launch same flexible phones this year.
Microsoft's patent was first spotted by MSPowerUser that was filed in October of 2014. It made in the public just recently. It is said to be similar to Sony's Tablet P but still offers much more when it comes to flexibility.
The exciting part of the device is that when it is folded in half people can use it like a regular smartphone which is common nowadays while in some other way of folding makes the device like a tablet. Kabir Siddiqui who carries patents for Microsoft kickstand and surface angle camera is also the inventor of the newly introduced patent. This could be the long-rumored new surface phone that Siddiqui has been working on.
Based on the filing, the structure secures the housing's plurality that enables rotation and supports an uninterrupted viewing of the display area of the device which extends across the housing's plurality and its bendable hinge structure. It could also function as a mini version of the laptop due to its flexible feature.
Unlike the company's rivals including Apple, Samsung, and Google, Microsoft has been keeping their profile low when it comes to producing and pushing a new line smartphones though there have been speculations that the company has been working on a phone that could be a good competition for google's Pixel XL and Apple's iPhone.
During an interview between Satya Nadella, Microsoft's CEO and the Australian Financial Review last year, "We will continue to be in the phone market, not as defined by today's market leaders, but by what it is that we can uniquely do in what is the most ultimate mobile device."