Microsoft Shows Off Dual-screen Prototype ‘Centaurus’ In-house

Posted: Jun 4 2019, 5:01am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 4 2019, 8:32am CDT , in Technology News

Microsoft shows off dual-screen prototype ‘Centaurus’ in-house
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The tech giant could roll out the device within the next six months.

Microsoft has been developing a new dual-screen device that is expected to be a tablet-laptop hybrid, sources familiar with the plans told The Verge.

The U.S. tech giant could launch the product under its Surface line of hybrid tablets with detachable keyboards and an optional stylus pen.

Microsoft employees reportedly lined up to get a closer glimpse of the new device codenamed Centaurus as the company started showcasing a video of it inside Microsoft premises. The Verge said Microsoft has been building the dual-screen prototype for around two years before reportedly branding it as Centaurus in December.

The report said Centaurus could mirror Microsoft’s Courier tablet concept, a rumored booklet PC that was first reported in 2008 before it was canceled in 2010. Images posted on The Verge’s website shows a dual-screen tablet that is connected with multiple hinges, reminiscent of a spring notebook.

The company is tipped to roll out the device within the next six months, according to the news outlet. If confirmed, the device could be one of Microsoft’s first line of lightweight devices, codenamed internally as “Windows Lite.”

In an interview with The Verge in October, Microsoft’s chief product designer, Panos Panay, hinted at an unreleased “pocketable” Surface device, called Andromeda. “It’s absolutely my baby,” Panay reportedly said at the time.

“We will invent and we will create when products are right. We can’t bring new categories into the world and not be a place where customers need it,” the executive added.

Microsoft’s rumored plan comes at a time when foldable phones are still in their infancy. Samsung came out with the 7.3-inch Galaxy Fold in February, but decided to delay its release just days ahead of the planned launch following reports of screen failures when reviewed by technology reporters and bloggers.

Huawei also came out with its own foldable phone earlier this year, which folds the opposite way from Samsung's, allowing the user to still access both screens even when it's folded.

Other phone makers, including Oppo, Motorola, LG and Xiaomi have also teased their own versions of foldable and bendable phones.

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