Microsoft is planning to solve the folding phone hinge issue with a third screen. It has patented a new smartphone design with three displays on a single hinge screen mechanism, which could be another innovative device if it gets approval from the Surface team.
According to its new patent, Microsoft is currently working upon a dual-screen device that can be folded both inwardly and outwardly like Surface Duo and Neo. But apart from the twin primary display, there’s a much smaller third display or a status bar on the hinge.
This third screen on the hinge is called the “edge screen” and this display screen can be used for virtual controls, bookmarks, notifications, remaining battery power, user profile and much more. It would display the information based on the orientation of the device. The information displayed on the hinge would depend on the user’s intent.
The screen would display items such as some shortcuts and music controls when the device is folded outwardly. It would also display global information such as app controls, multi-tasking, and other features.
The patent also says that the dual-screen Surface Duo comes with a closing mechanism much like the newly launched Samsung Galaxy Ford and it would run on Google’s Android. The Surface Duo will have two 5.6” display which could expand to an 8.3” screen.
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