Microsoft Patent Details Hinge Design for Dual-Screen Surface Device

Posted on September 13, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Hardware, Microsoft, Microsoft Surface with 13 Comments

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 was first filled in March, but it was published this Thursday on the public domain, as first noticed by WindowsUnited.

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.

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13 responses to “Microsoft Patent Details Hinge Design for Dual-Screen Surface Device”

  1. PeterC

    I do hope such a device comes to market. Personally I find this type of development fascinating. The conceptual and technical challenges alone are fabulously complex but getting this type of thing prototyped and over the line in terms of actual manufacturing and end product quality are the stuff of legend in my opinion, and I really do mean that, whichever brands from whichever countries deliver such products, it’s a remarkable achievement.

  2. Daishi

    I... Just... Why? What for?

    • PeterC

      In reply to Daishi:

      Eerrr. Do you really need to ask this? Really.

      Portability. Simple. Portability opens up hardware usage possibilities in places of work/play where previously you couldn’t. Medicine, law enforcement, in the field engineering etc etc etc etc.

      Then there’s weight. Once i I carried a very heavy bulky laptop everywhere in a large shoulder bag. Then I lugged a not so heavy ultra book in my rucksack, and now I pop a surface pro in my much smaller messenger style bag. With this I will pop my surface into something the size of half my current bag.....

    • docpaul

      In reply to Daishi:

      I agree, I can't think of a single use case for a double-wide Surface tablet.

      But hopefully Microsoft will show us one on October 2nd, because I want to buy one.

      • Paul Avvento

        In reply to DocPaul:

        This is what Microsoft, Palm, and Blackberry said about a phone that didn't have a physical keyboard and we all know how that turned out.

        It's less about what we think something can offer and more about a company showing us uses we haven't yet thought of.

        I'm not saying this potential device will do that, but that's the purpose innovation serves.

  3. branpurn

    I am looking for something more practical to replace my Lumia 950XL running Windows 10 for ARM... if it can make phone calls and SMS, maybe even my iPhone XS... I don't really need Snapchat.

  4. Passinttd

    I wonder if they will take what they learn and somehow apply it to the Surface Book hinge as well. By the looks of it, this could eliminate the gap. Instead of a second screen on the other end of the hinge, put a connector of some sort and use that as the connector to the base. Would be interesting.

  5. lwetzel


    Thinking this would solve the hinge on the Surface Book. What do you think Paul?

  6. rmac

    I would suggest a 'Hinge Design for Dual-Screen' should comprise a wireless hinge and 2 disparate screens of whatever proportion.

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