New Microsoft design concept: A mobile gaming device with laptop modes

By: Matthew Adams
2 minute read

There have been plenty of rumours for Andromeda, which is the codename for a new Microsoft mobile device. Thurrot.com has speculated that Microsoft will launch Andromeda sometime this year. Yet, the software giant has yet to announce any upcoming mobile device. The designer Mr. Breyer has now added another unofficial design concept to his Twitter page that shows us what Andromeda might be like.

Mr. Breyer showed us an Andromeda design concept at the end of last year that looked pretty cool. That design concept was for a foldable mobile device based on Microsoft patents. The foldable device in that design concept (shown directly below) has two displays and a stylus pen.

Now Mr. Breyer has been at it again with the addition of a new Andromeda concept design to his Twitter page. The latest design concept shows us an Andromeda device game mode. Thus, it includes an Xbox on-screen gamepad on its secondary display. So the device looks a little like a portable Xbox handheld, which would actually be a pretty good idea.

However, the design concept is not for a portable Xbox. The two other design images show us Andromeda in laptop mode with an on-screen keyboard on the secondary display. Thus, that would be a little like a miniature Yoga Book 2 dual-display device. Those design images are pretty similar to the 3-in-1 laptop, phone and tablet showed off in Mr. Kim’s 3D concept art for a Microsoft mobile.

The rumor mill suggests that Andromeda might be a Surface device. The Verge has recently leaked a Microsoft email document that refers to a pocketable Surface device. The internal document reputedly states, “It’s a new pocketable Surface device form factor that brings together innovative new hardware and software experiences to create a truly personal and versatile computing experience.

So, Andromeda could be a hybrid Surface Phone that you can also utilize as a miniature laptop as envisioned in Mr. Breyer’s and Mr. Kim’s design concepts. Whatever Andromeda is, we will surely hear quite a bit more about it in the next few months if Microsoft does launch the mobile device this year as some expect. Check out this post for further Andromeda details.

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