Years ago, a report detailed a concept device Microsoft was developing called “Courier”. The product resembled a notebook with two screens on either side and allowed the user to take notes through a stylus. Unfortunately, it was canceled and never made it to the market. Now, as per WindowsCentral, the Redmond-based company is planning to launch a similar device as early as next year.
Codenamed “Andromeda”, the rumored product, in a lot of ways, is Microsoft’s second attempt at bringing the Courier to the public. The foldable device will function largely like a journal and sport two screens for taking digital notes. However, what’s more interesting here is that its size will be pocketable and have telephony capabilities allowing you to send SMS and take calls with it. But sources say it’s not meant to replace your phone.
Further, the report mentions Microsoft will be emphasizing mainly on its digital ink features which will sync with OneNote as well. In addition to that, the notebook is designed to mimic a real one with virtual pages that spread across the foldable device. It will run on Windows 10 with all the usual trappings including the start menu, Edge browser, what have you.
Andromeda will also be one of the first few devices to showcase Microsoft’s ‘Cellular PC’ technology that allowed them to load a desktop operating system on ARM chipsets. Hence, it’s safe to say that the device will feature the latest Snapdragon processor at the time of its release. Although there’s a possibility Microsoft will skip support for desktop apps considering the size and use case of the device.
It’s worth noting that Microsoft has recently filed patents for a foldable device like this. Microsoft might even open up the technology to other manufacturers later. Sources tell WindowsCentral, the company is pegging “sometime in 2018” for its release. Microsoft might not have been able to win the smartphone wars, but with this device, the company is hoping to spawn a new category, suggests people familiar with the matter.