Microsoft has been rumored to be working on a foldable notepad-like device, much like the company’s Courier concept. A patent from earlier this year provided an outline for such a device, but a new patent has emerged this week with a lot more detail. The patent, first spotted by MSPU, references a “hinged device,” and has been filed by Microsoft Surface engineers that are responsible for creating various Surface hinges and devices.
The device appears to have two separate screens and sections that fold together or flat, much like Lenovo’s Yoga Book. The images also show how the mysterious device could flip over and be used as a nightstand. While there’s not much detail about software for such a device, Microsoft’s patent filing includes a lot of intricate details around how the hinge works. Microsoft appears to be using gear-like cogs to create this adjustable hinge, allowing the device to hold in different positions.
THE DEVICE HAS A UNIQUE HINGE
None of the patent filing images show a stylus with the device, but the filing does appear to be largely focused on what looks like a unique hinge for such a product. Microsoft’s engineers obsess over hinge details for its range of Surface devices, and the company has created a unique kickstand for the Surface Pro and Surface Studio devices, and a detachable display for the Surface Book.