MICROSOFT is tipped to launch a futuristic bendy tablet this year that folds up to fit in your pocket like a smartphone.
The slate will reportedly form part of a new trio of Surface devices, with the codenames Carmel, Libra, and Andromeda, according to internal documents spotted by Thurrot.com.
David Breyer Microsoft’s dual-screen Andromeda tablet will fold over to fit in your hand
But the bendy device is hogging the limelight thanks to its sci-fi design, which could see it go toe-to-toe with Samsung’s rumoured Galaxy X foldable phone (itself expected to land in 2019).
Known internally as Andromeda, the new slate will pack a dual-screen and will be able to sit snugly in a user’s hand.
Microsoft has filed a patent for this type of foldable device, further fuelling rumours that the gadget is more than just a mere concept.
Andromeda is mentioned as having a release date as soon as this year in the internal documents, notes Thurrot, and could bridge the gap between a PC and smartphone.
David Breyer A render shows the tablet, which will have hinges to let you bend it
But industry expert Daniel Ives told The Sun that he isn’t convinced that Microsoft is still chasing a mobile dream, following the failure of its Windows Phone brand on the back of its Nokia acquisition.
“We believe CEO Satya Nadella is steering Microsoft away from mobile and towards cloud, this would be a surprise move that we would characterise as not likely,” the GBH Insights analyst said.
“They will enter the mobile game via software and not the hardware side. The Nokia acquisition still gives many nightmares,” he added.