The upcoming Microsoft Phone might have a foldable design with the support of up to 5 positions. Microsoft phones have been dead for quite some while and their death was acknowledged by Microsoft in early 2018. A few weeks later, however, Microsoft restarted selling Lumia phones on their online retail site. That wasn’t enough to warrant a claim of the return of the Windows platform as experts say that Windows relisted the phones only to clear out remaining inventories.
PhoneArena has reported that the upcoming Surface Phone will have “hinges that allow the devices to rotate up to 360 degrees”. Five positions have been claimed by them, including a position where both ends of the screen are facing each other, i.e. total inversion. Support for applications has not been confirmed yet as the different positions of the phone makes usage a different case than the usage of conventional phones.
The device has been codenamed “Andromeda”. Support for calls has not been confirmed yet. The phone is rumored to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 1000. Industry experts have said that Microsoft is expected to release the phone within this year as pressure builds up among the industry’s main players to claim the throne of being the first company to come up with a foldable phone. It goes without mentioning that Samsung has been working on a foldable phone since quite some time and rumors claim that they might introduce the foldable model, Galaxy X, at the Consumer Electronics Show 2019 in Las Vegas.
Industry experts have quoted the price to be one of the biggest success determinants for the upcoming Windows Phone. Furthermore, they have stressed upon the need of the Andromeda platform supporting multiple apps in order for it to be liked by consumers. Question is, can the Snapdragon 1000 chipset or the foldable design help the Windows Phone in overpowering its competitors or are we going to see the Windows platform going dead again?