New patent files have revealed the presence of a Microsoft-branded smartphone that could unfold into a tablet – potentially called Surface Mobile.

Microsoft’s strength in hardware has largely been its svelte touch in bringing hybrid laptops and tablets to life, and now a new leak has potentially outed the company’s long-awaited Surface Mobile device in the form of a smartphone/tablet duo.

Somewhat akin to rumours that have surrounded Samsung’s alleged development of a hybrid smartphone in its Project Valley initiative, new patents have shown a Microsoft-branded tablet that could transition between three configurations.

The first, at 0 degrees, would see the unit closed shut; at 180-degrees the device would function as a tablet, while at 360-degrees the handset would function as a conventional smartphone

The device would be heavily reliant on a series of hinges that would function through the use of magnets to give the device a seamless appearance when unfurled.


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