As we already know, "Andromeda" is considered to be one of Microsoft's most ambitious projects, because it is said that the device will provide a completely redesigned device with a dual-screen design and two displays. Foldable together, with hinges connected, somewhat similar to the "dual-screen laptop" concept product announced by Intel at Computex 2018 Computer Show earlier this month: Tiger Rapid.
Although "Andromeda" is mainly presented in the form of a notebook computer, it can be designed in various sizes according to the position and angle of the display screen, so it can also be transformed into a shape such as a tablet computer or a digital notebook, and the two screens can be combined. Together, you can increase the space on the screen, while the special hinge design allows for no gaps between the screens. Of course, these are all the information that was known at the beginning of this year.
Not long ago, there was finally a job offer from Qualcomm officially suggesting that its own Xiaolong 1000 chip will be designed for the "Andromeda" equipment, and new engineers are responsible for this. And a few days ago from Microsoft officialWindowsThe code for the beta version of Windows 10 build 17704 suggests to us that the Andromeda device may support five different modes.
Microsoft described the first mode as off mode, which may indicate the state of the device, ie the two displays are stuck like a closed book. There is also a concave mode, which may be very similar to the basic shape of a laptop, but one of the displays may be used as a keyboard. The third form is described as a plane, which is likely to represent the tablet mode. The fourth form is called the convex mode and may be similar to the well-known one for viewing.videoTent pattern. The last one is simply called "complete."
In these two days, Microsoft fans designed two sets of concept maps based on the above rumor information. One group considered that such devices are very attractive in at least two modes, one is the game form, and the other is the laptop mode. Of course, these two forms are all achieved through an innovative dual-screen approach. For example, in the game form, one of the screens can be used as an auxiliary input.XboxThe handle controller has almost the same function. Only need software to go upDevelopmentJust fine.
As for the second set of concept maps, the designer thinksSurfaceThe two screens of "Andromeda" can be separated and assembled as long as needed. In the split form, it is actually a rumored Surface Phone that can be used for calls and supports Surface Pen stylus. When assembled, the five forms described above can be realized to achieve more productivity value.
In any case, Microsoft's hardware design concept based on the different modes and uses provided by the screen can be said to be completely Surface culture. Microsoft has always been good at inventing new hardware product categories. Since the launch of the first Surface in October 2012, Microsoft has been particularly intoxicated. Perhaps "Andromeda" will be the most product of the Surface product line.
There have been rumors in the early days that the existing "Andromeda strain" prototype also has a telephone call function, and this function will be realized by the phone shape factor, but from the recent leak, the situation does not seem to be the case. In short, as far as the concept map is concerned, Microsoft's "Andromeda" project is indeed ambitious. I believe that as the release date of the "end of the year" is getting closer and closer, more and more useful information will surface in the future.
Of course, there are also rumors that Microsoft's project has been postponed because there are major obstacles in mass production quality. The key is that Microsoft itself has not found a "convincing reason" to achieve mass production. In other words, Microsoft believes that the direction of the dual screen is correct, but it may be difficult to succeed, at least not in the form of a 2 in 1 form of success. In addition, Microsoft may also slash this project. In the past, Microsoft had a large number of hardware projects, such as Surface mini, so we don't have to be surprised.