Microsoft has been granted a patent by US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that shows a dual-screen tablet like foldable device. The patent was filed on USPTO by Microsoft in August 2017, but it was published on Thursday. As first spotted by MSPoweruser, the patent titled ‘HINGED DEVICE’ talks about a hinge mechanism to fold a dual-screen notebook like device in half.

As shown in the patent supporting figures, Microsoft is looking at device with a hinge mechanism to fold it and a lock which pops open when touching the lock button.

“The description relates to hinged devices, such as hinged computing devices. One example can include a first portion and a second portion that have hinge ends rotatably secured relative to a hinge shaft. The example can also include a u-shaped friction arm extending from a first end positioned around the hinge shaft to a second end positioned around the hinge shaft and a pop-up assembly positioned along the hinge shaft between the first end and the second end and configured to create a bias to rotate the first and second portions away from one another,” notes Microsoft.

Microsoft is known to be working on a foldable device for a long time now, but the company never officially acknowledged it. These patent don’t usually mean that there is device coming, but report suggest that it could be implemented in Andromeda.

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Previously, it was reported that the company has planned an update to the mysterious “Andromeda” device that is believed to be the successor to Windows Phone device that can transform into a tablet. Microsoft recently became the fifth major PC brand in the US on the back of good demand for its Surface devices.

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