Microsoft is thinking of producing a device with three screens
When the Surface Duo was first announced, some joked that Microsoft should now consider making a device with a single screen and call it the Surface Uno. However, the jokes went in another direction and some people said why this company is not thinking of producing a new product with a triple screen; A device that can be introduced as Surface Trio. Now, a report has been published that informs that Microsoft itself has the same idea.
Reporting by Windows Central, a new patent spotted by Patently Apple on December 23, 2021 (2D) shows that Microsoft has ideas for how a triple-screen smartphone might work. While the said patent is very long and technical, there is a design in it that can show what is going on in Microsoft’s mind.
The said device (1400) has three screens (1402, 1404 and 1408) which All are connected with two hinges (1406 and 1410). So, the Surface Trio is basically the Surface Duo with an extra screen.
An analysis of why the Surface Trio could be a powerful device
In this section, we’re going to explain why it might. Surface Trio is called one of the best products of Microsoft and has one of the most efficient designs. One of the debates that have been raised so far about the Surface Duo is the lack of an external screen. While it can be folded so that both screens face out, most users won’t; As a result, the screens cannot be seen when the device is closed.
The same issue makes users unable to see the required information and various notifications when the device is closed. Such a problem makes the design of the Surface Trio seem logical; Because after closing such a device, one of the screens is placed outside. Microsoft introduced a feature called Glance Bar in Surface Duo that helps users to see notifications. However, such a feature is not ideal for everyone; Because it is not possible to have enough interaction with the Glance Bar. In the new patent, the device folds in such a way that the screen number 1408 is always visible. In fact, after the Surface Trio is closed, we see a smartphone with only one screen, and this design makes an external screen unnecessary. When the full Surface Trio is opened, the device is placed in the user’s hands with three screens, which may seem a little strange.
However, the designers have thought about this as well; Because you can easily place the 1404 and 1408 screens back to back so that only the 1402 and 1404 screens (with the 1408 behind it) are exposed. This type of placement of screens may remind you of Surface Duo. If you have watched the science fiction series Westworld, the design of the Surface Trio will be familiar to you:
Looking more closely at the leaked image, the 1402 screen looks thicker (almost twice) than the other two parts. This makes sense; Because most of the important parts, including the battery and camera, can be in section 1402; While the other screens (1404 and 1408) have only a few limited parts and thin wiring. Ideally, when the 1404 and 1408 Surfaces are placed back to back, they will be as thick as the 1402 to balance the device. Also, it should be noted that the Surface Trio’s hinges don’t appear to be double-sided like the Duo’s.
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One of the big questions about the design of the Surface Trio is what each of the screens can do. For example, one can expect to use section 1402 as a keyboard in various modes; But the other two screens are responsible for displaying the content. However, nothing is certain yet; Because such a design is not common and we have to see what Microsoft has thought for it.
Microsoft is still involved in the idea of devices equipped with multiple screens that include smartphones and laptops. Everyone can potentially benefit from this design; But it remains to be seen whether Microsoft will take such a concept to the stage of commercialization and entering the market. As with most technology companies, only a small number of Microsoft’s patents make it to the shelves. Finally, it must be said that it is true that three screens may seem strange for smart devices, Samsung is rumored to be moving in the same direction.