Foldable Surface device to feature magnetic closing mechanism

by Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
Windows & Software Expert
Milan has been enthusiastic about technology ever since his childhood days, and this led him to take interest in all PC-related technologies. He's a PC enthusiast and he... read more
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Foldable Surface device magnetic hinges

We already reported that Microsoft plans to launch a new foldable Surface tablet next year.

Interestingly, the new Surface device is expected to be powered by Windows Core OS and support Android apps and iCloud service.

It looks like this decision never came all of a sudden. In fact, the tech giant has been working on it for months. A recently published patent helps us to better understand the folding Surface concept.

Microsoft submitted the patent back in February. It came under the spotlight when WIPO published it on June 20, 2019.

The Redmond giant specifically discussed the closing mechanism of the upcoming Surface tablet. The device features two 9-inch displays, both connected to each other.

The details mentioned in the patent suggest that Microsoft plans to add a magnet in both the screens.

foldable Surface patent

When the screens come closer to each other, these magnets will create a strong attraction. The attractive force of magnets helps to properly close the Surface device.

Don’t worry! The magnetic field is minimized

However, Microsoft understands that the magnetic field produced by the magnets can be damaging for electronic items. It can damage magnetic cards, credit cards etc.

The patent suggests, Microsoft implemented an effective mechanism to minimise the magnetic field. Although the magnetic force minimization technique may not seem to be useful.

However, it can really protect your electronic gadgets from any potential damages.

If we look at the description, we can see that:

In one or more embodiments of the electronic device, the magnetic field outside of the first and second portions of the electronic device or device assembly may be minimized. This may make it possible to reduce or eliminate the risk that the magnetic field outside the electronic device will be detrimental, such as erasing data from or destroying magnetic stripe in items such as credit cards, keycards, ID cards or magnetic cards from car parks.

The published patent is an indication that Microsoft is seriously working on the foldable laptop.

The big M has yet to share the details regarding the internal structure of the upcoming device. We’ll keep you updated once more information is available on this matter.


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