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Microsoft working on a palm size portable mini-laptop

Microsoft working on a palm size portable mini-laptop

Do you enjoy working with your Surface Pro?  Microsoft is on a roll recently, launching innovative and game-changing devices like the Microsoft Studio and the Surface Pro – or even the Surface Book for that matter – in the recent past. And now, it aims to do more.

If reports are to be believed, Microsoft is going to come out with a revolutionary device in its Surface lineup of products. Document relating to the project was obtained by The Verge and tech site Thurrott which revealed interesting features and specifications about the device.

The project is nicknamed ‘Andromeda’ in the Microsoft circle and promises to be a dual screen device based around a hinge. It will feature a wraparound screen and expand to become a tablet or mini-laptop. When folded, the device is set to fit in the palm of your hands.

Microsoft has defined the device in the document in quite interesting terms. The document describes the device as a unique pocketable Surface device form factor that creates innovative hardware and software experience to deliver a versatile and personal computing experience.

The details about the project have also come out previously in various leaks. People have even tracked down the patents relating to the design of the device. A designer had created a 3D mockup of the device based on the details provided in the document and posted on Twitter last year. The Verge got hold of the mockups and confirmed that the design matched the prototypes created by Microsoft.

The new device will be the turnaround for Microsoft that is recovering from the poor performance of the Windows phones in the market. The ‘Andromeda’ will be directly competing against the high profile smartphones that boast of impressive specifications. If will also have other competitors like Intel who is working on a similar project called Tiger Rapids. Reportedly, it can take down handwritten notes and expand to become a mini-laptop with a touchscreen keyboard.

Whether we will able to see the ‘Andromeda’ hit the market or not is still up for speculation. The tech news site Thurrott expressed that the plans may not turn to reality. Microsoft is known to cancel projects even when the launch had been planned so it can turn out to be the same this time. Also, the project was headed by Terry Myerson who had the charge of the Windows devices but left the company in the beginning of 2018. Also, Microsoft had declined to make any comments about the project so far even when Fortune contacted them.

But we have counter reports and opinions too! Forbes reports that the ‘Andromeda’ is expected to hit the market in the fourth quarter of 2018. They have also planned to launch OEM partners who will release similar form factors after the introduction of ‘Andromeda.’ It looks like we have to wait for the year to proceed before we can say anything sure about the Microsoft project. The Fortune has also promised to release an update they receive from Microsoft so we have no option but to wait!