Microsoft’s been working on a dual-screen Surface device for a while, and that’s no secret. We have seen patents for a hinged, dual-screen device from the company from as early as 2017, and there have been some other patents detailing Microsoft’s design plans for such a device. And now, there’s a new patent from the company that details a hinged device with two displays in greater detail.
The patent describes a device with a flexible display, secure to both the portions of the device. The hinge, which the patent heavily focuses on, facilitates the use of a single flexible display. The patent also describes how the hinge is engineered to reduce the stress on the flexible display when the device is folded. It also talks a lot about the technical components involved to make the hinge work with the flexible OLED display.
There are a bunch of different drawings that show off all the different parts of the hinge as well as the device itself. The inventor of the patent has also designed a number of other similar patents for a hinged device in the past.
Although Microsoft’s foldable Surface device, codenamed Centaurus, has been in the works for a while, no one really knows when Microsoft will actually launch this new device. Current rumours suggest Microsoft will reveal the new device at its Surface event on October 2.