Microsoft has already confirmed multiple times that its Windows Phone platform is dead. The Redmond-based tech firm also moved away from smartphone hardware after the launch of its last flagship smartphones, Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL. But it looks like the story is not over yet.
Back in July, the company indirectly announced that it is pulling the plug from Windows Phones via its support page. In October, company’s vice president Joe Belfiore announced it on Twitter. However, according to a couple of new-found patents and leaks, the rumour about the ‘Surface Phone’ still exists and is being worked upon.
Found by the Windows Central website, a patent seems to have given details on how the rumoured ‘foldable’ Surface phone’s camera may work. In one of the patents, it has been mentioned that the device will have the camera lens on one half of the device while the imaging module will be in the other half. Both will attach to each other with magnets when the device is closed from a tablet to a smartphone mode. It has also been explained how the camera module will stay hidden by a mechanical flap when the smartphone is in ‘open’ state.
Besides these patents, a Microsoft job listing has also pointed out on the fact that the company may include Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor in its upcoming smartphone. This was indicated in a job posting by ABAL Technologies, which is a HR provider with Microsoft, searching for those with testing experience on Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and Snapdragon 845 processor. The listing is for the test engineer/manufacturing engineer. The post also lists Xbox/smartphones as some of the devices that will be available for tests.
Lastly, a Windows tipster has found an app for Microsoft Whiteboard named Journal. The app includes some references like “left and right page” indicating the app may arrive to the rumoured foldable Microsoft Surface device. “This is the accessibility title for the journal application which consists of a left and right page for content creation,” said the description according to the tipster, WalkingCat.