A new user concept shows what could be the dream device for the Windows hopefuls, in the form of the ‘Surface Note’, a foldable phone that features all the bells and whistles we’ve come to expect from modern smartphones – and then some more. Thise the stunning work of Ryan Smalley, who brought Microsoft’s visionary patent for a foldable phone/tablet to life.
His Surface Note concept runs Windows 10 with an adaptive shell, features an edgeless screen on both halves of the foldable device, and includes depth-sensing cameras with support for mixed reality and also support for the Surface Pen.
Promoting the device more as a very mobile Surface than a phone replacement, such a premium device would likely see pretty good adoption, if not the millions of sales we normally expect from a high-end phone.
Featuring a foldable, hinged design similar to a previously revealed Microsoft patent, the ‘Surface Note’ concept also adorns an edge-to-edge, bezel-less screen and would run full Windows 10 through an adaptive shell courtesy of Microsoft’s new CShell. Also contained in this utopian device are depth-sensing cameras for augmented reality support, and the ability to ink with the Surface Pen.
Of course, this still feels rather similar to phones as we know them, while the consistent remarks from Microsoft officials indicate that Microsoft’s next play for the mobile industry will feature phones that look nothing like the phones of today, leaving the possibility of this concept ever becoming a reality up in the air.
It is not clear if such a device will ever come to market from Microsoft, but it is inevitable that the smartphone industry itself will get there eventually.
Designer Ryan Smalley
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