Technology companies need to be constantly re-inventing themselves to stay relevant and to compete more effectively, even if you are Microsoft. The tech giant, according to rumors, is planning to launch a laptop that is more like a foldable notebook. The codename for this project is apparently Andromeda. Those in the know, claim that the new device would be more on the lines of the Microsoft Courier that the company showcased in 2008, but canned it two years later.
This time round, the rumors indicate, the device is expected to sport two screens a la ZTE Axon M and there will be a stylus to help the users write or draw on the touchscreen. The concept of the notebook will be complete, with the Windows Ink and One Note integration into the device to enhance its note taking capabilities. The rumors also claim that a high-end Snapdragon processor would drive the performance of this new device. On the software front, the Windows 10, which has Windows Core OS along with Composable Shell (CShell) will most probably figure in the device.
Part of the details on this proposed device has come through the application Microsoft has filed with the US Patents Office (USPTO), way back in 2014. The new foldable device is expected to be released to the market in 2018 and will directly compete with Lenovo’s Yoga Book. There are others in the market as well, like Apple and Samsung who sell a range of portable devices to meet the demand among the customers.
Some observers even suggest that with the focus on a device as rumored above, it might be safe to presume that Microsoft has dropped its plans to come back to the smartphone arena.
Most of the details above have emerged from rumors and assumptions, but the sources are usually reliable and are close to the place of action.