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Microsoft patent details folding phone with 3 displays

Mashable 07 Apr 2020 02:08
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Microsoft's Surface Duo is a folding phone, but it relies on two displays rather than one that folds. However, a new patent suggests Microsoft's future folding phones may end up using three displays, effectively giving us a Surface Trio.

The Surface Duo is a much more durable take on the folding phone, but it has a hinge in the middle making for a noticeable gap between the two displays when open. As Windows Latest reports, a new Microsoft patent suggests a fix for the gap is possible by adding a third, very thin central display.

With a third display positioned in between the two main displays, the hinge gap/mechanism can potentially be hidden behind it. That way, when the phone is open, all three displays can sit together seamlessly with only the thinnest of lines between them. This so-called "edge screen" can be limited to show different types of information dependent on the orientation of the device.

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