Codenamed Centaurus, tech giant Microsoft is reportedly working on a foldable device which will be a part of its Surface laptop series. According to a market research firm IHS Markit, the upcoming Microsoft’s foldable Surface will run on a new version Windows 10 with optimisations for dual display UI.
Microsoft is also expected to be experimenting with a Windows Core OS, which the company is designing to support foldable form factors. The Windows Core OS will be compatible with Android apps and iCloud services. According to the media reports, the foldable Surface device will have two 9-inch display (when its opened) offering a 4:3 aspect ratio. The foldable device will run on an Intel Lakefield chipset with the support of always on connectivity (LTE or 5G services).
Last month, Chinese tech giant Lenovo previewed world’s first foldable PC – ThinkPad X1. The Thinkpad X1 is not a phone or a tablet or a hybrid, instead a full-fledged laptop with a foldable screen.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 sports an OLED 2K display designed by LG. The display can be folded in half reducing the width of laptop by almost 50 per cent. The foldable PC is powered by the Intel processor and runs on Windows. Few things that the Thinkpad X1 could do is -- wake up, fold it into a book, and start the day scanning your social media feeds in bed; walk to your kitchen, unfold it, and stand it up for hands-free viewing of your top news sites; hit your commute on the bus or train and morph it into a clamshell to catch up on emails; get into the office, dock it into your multi-monitor setup and get to work, etc.