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Microsoft's devices roadmap leaks
By Thom Holwerda on 2018-06-12 23:28:02

Microsoft's device roadmap has been leaked, and it contains a lot of information about upcoming devices. The most interesting one is the mythical pocketable dual-screen Andromeda.

They do, however, say that Andromeda, Microsoft's mythical pocketable, two-screen, hand-held device that's supposed to carve out a whole new market for itself, is due for release in 2018. The documents also say that, after Andromeda, Microsoft OEMs will produce their own comparable products, just as they've done with Surface Pro.

The big question for Andromeda is the same as it has always been: why? To define a new hardware form factor, as appears to be the intent, its design needs to be particularly suitable for something. Surface Pro, for example, has appealed particularly to groups such as students (taking notes with OneNote) and artists, thanks to its form factor and multimodal input support. To succeed, Andromeda needs to offer similar appeal - it needs to enable something that's widely useful and ill-suited to existing hardware. But presently, there are few ideas of just what that role might be.

From what I understand, it will look something like this, and its entire UI is Modern/Fluent Design/Metro - there's no Win32 here, no traditional Start menu, and so on. With the device being pocketable, my biggest open question is whether or not it will have phone functionality, effectively making it a Surface phone, and a new attempt at breaking into the smartphone market.

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Intel Tiger Rapids
By Kochise on 2018-06-13 05:05:18
https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/9...

I've done my part on it :)
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Phone support
By Adurbe on 2018-06-13 09:09:53
I think the device will come with a 4G sim support, but not to compete with a phone.
More as a source of data. My guess is that this is better thought of as an evolution of Netbooks, not Phones.

With one screen acting effectively as a keyboard most of the time. I see this as the first major commercial attempt to replace the physical keyboard with a dedicated touchscreen. When not used as a keyboard, gives a larger note-taking/viewing area.

If the price point is right (I am thinking around £500) then this could easily carve itself a nice little niche. I would certainly buy one.
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RE: Phone support
By Kochise on 2018-06-13 09:18:01
Reinventing the wheel : http://mycalcdb.free.fr/galerie/...
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Large friendly letters
By kwan_e on 2018-06-13 10:44:30
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J...

It just needs the words "Don't Panic" written in large friendly letters on the front.
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RE[2]: Phone support
By Adurbe on 2018-06-13 11:36:32
Might call it a revolution of said wheel ;)
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Surface again
By Bill Shooter of Bul on 2018-06-13 14:04:08
Remember how the first surface was a complete flop and MS had to eat tons in inventory? Yeah, I'm predicting that kind of approach if they try to produce it in the same numbers. They might be wise to try a limited roll out to prove the demand first.
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RE: Surface again
By Kochise on 2018-06-13 14:36:21
With a good PR campaign, you can always generate some demand to the target audience.
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Naff
By quatermass on 2018-06-13 20:39:49
If it's got that ugly distorted display around the hinge, then forget it.
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That concept is wrong
By missingxtension on 2018-06-13 23:24:28
It needs to add two notches and matching chins. Then it'll sell like crazy, why not out a fruit on the back. Like a rasbutan
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RE[2]: Surface again
By Bill Shooter of Bul on 2018-06-14 18:57:22
What? No. Don't hype something terrible. You don't need to launch to five billion customers if you don't know if 10,000 will even buy it.

See the microsoft kin phones for another example. Great marketing on that, which just made it more painful for everyone. Made people less sure of buying new microsoft devices.
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