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  1. TgeekB's Avatar
    Except that the patent sketches from Microsoft show individual panels brought together with an ingenious hinge design. Granted, the Andromeda Unicorn is/was supposed to be a pocket PC that can take phone calls while the others are just Android phones with silly putty screens. I believe Motorola is on the right path with the RAZR clamshell approach. My theory would be to put an external display for those times when you need to check a notification or take a call without having to open the phone. It would reduce the overall number of times you flex that screen.

    Of course, Microsoft could just share (for a fee, naturally) that hinge tech since they’re never going to release the damned thing anyway.


    I don’t want a hinge, a bend or anything else on my pocket device. I bought a Key2 LE to have a PKB again which suits me just fine. I’m still not convinced any of this foldable/bendable/TooBulkyForMyPocket crap will ever be mainstream. It’s fun to talk about though.
    04-18-2019 07:25 PM
  2. fatclue_98's Avatar


    I don’t want a hinge, a bend or anything else on my pocket device. I bought a Key2 LE to have a PKB again which suits me just fine. I’m still not convinced any of this foldable/bendable/TooBulkyForMyPocket crap will ever be mainstream. It’s fun to talk about though.
    Never had a flip phone? Only a Palm Treo was bulkier.
    04-18-2019 08:35 PM
  3. TgeekB's Avatar
    Never had a flip phone? Only a Palm Treo was bulkier.
    I had a Razr at one point. I believe it was fairly thin but I never warmed up to it.
    I was a candy bar fan myself.
    04-18-2019 08:36 PM
  4. Ryujingt3's Avatar
    Except that the patent sketches from Microsoft show individual panels brought together with an ingenious hinge design. Granted, the Andromeda Unicorn is/was supposed to be a pocket PC that can take phone calls while the others are just Android phones with silly putty screens. I believe Motorola is on the right path with the RAZR clamshell approach. My theory would be to put an external display for those times when you need to check a notification or take a call without having to open the phone. It would reduce the overall number of times you flex that screen.

    Of course, Microsoft could just share (for a fee, naturally) that hinge tech since they’re never going to release the damned thing anyway.
    Hopefully MS are watching what is happening with Samsung and that spurs them to actually release Andromeda as a way of doing it properly, similar to what Apple does.
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    04-19-2019 07:41 PM
  5. nate0's Avatar


    I don’t want a hinge, a bend or anything else on my pocket device. I bought a Key2 LE to have a PKB again which suits me just fine. I’m still not convinced any of this foldable/bendable/TooBulkyForMyPocket crap will ever be mainstream. It’s fun to talk about though.
    I am totally fine with a durable handheld Windows Mobile device with dual screens that are hinged and completely separate from each other. I use dual screens every day unless I am only on my laptop. I would take advantage of both screens. On top of that you would not have this elastic pealing screen fold design that costs a fortune to engineer and improve.

    In fact it would just be a step up from that 8in tablet you have with a bi-fold flip cover. Just that the cover would be the second screen.
    Last edited by nate0; 04-20-2019 at 07:03 PM.
    04-20-2019 06:44 PM
  6. TgeekB's Avatar
    I am totally fine with a durable handheld Windows Mobile device with dual screens that are hinged and completely separate from each other. I use dual screens every day unless I am only on my laptop. I would take advantage of both screens. On top of that you would not have this elastic pealing screen fold design that costs a fortune to engineer and improve.
    I’m sure there are others like you, I’m just not sure how many. What are people willing to pay? How will you carry it? All interesting questions.
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    04-20-2019 07:01 PM
  7. nate0's Avatar
    I’m sure there are others like you, I’m just not sure how many. What are people willing to pay? How will you carry it? All interesting questions.
    Ya, honestly I would not use it everywhere. I am not convinced on buying a tablet anything yet. The last real tablet we bought was the original Surface and we bought it used. Any other tablet has either sat unused or been sold off to buy something we really need. Tablets are and still are a great idea, but just not for everyone. Same reason a foldable device is actually a great idea, but not for everyone, esepecially in this phase of development. AND especially running Android. Unless you are a Samsung fan, or just into it. I mean we all saw the reviews on Googles last tablet, so how much better and productive can Samsungs really be? I guess that is left to be determined. But a true productivity device that can also easily go anywhere, sounds like a winner. To me of course. Of course Microsoft is so far behind in the times as far as what people want (selfies, dual/triple/quad camera lenses, quad DACs, etc) that their device would only be good at that (productivity)... I have a hunch not many in the up and now would even think much about it. At least not yet.
    Last edited by nate0; 07-17-2019 at 07:55 PM.
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    04-20-2019 07:13 PM
  8. TgeekB's Avatar
    So now that everyone and his dog is looking at a foldable device, can we finally admit there's actually a market for this?
    No.
    07-17-2019 09:23 PM
  9. nate0's Avatar
    No.

    On a serious note that is all we can do or have done is look at them...
    07-17-2019 09:27 PM
  10. TgeekB's Avatar

    On a serious note that is all we can do or have done is look at them...
    Yup.
    Someday something new will arrive. What it is we don’t know yet.
    Interesting to watch though.
    07-17-2019 09:30 PM
  11. nate0's Avatar
    Yup.
    Someday something new will arrive. What it is we don’t know yet.
    Interesting to watch though.
    Ya they (whomever) will have to sell them like it is something. If they can't conveniently replace your smartphone and pc its just a fancy tablet. Priced the way they are the majority will do just that.. Watch
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    07-17-2019 09:33 PM
  12. Polychrome's Avatar
    All I know is that when most of your rumors stem from them trying to figure out a hinge for 2-3 years, and then somebody (samsung) decides to dip their toes in and flops horribly, a little (lot of) caution is warranted.
    07-18-2019 12:16 PM
  13. TgeekB's Avatar
    Ya they (whomever) will have to sell them like it is something. If they can't conveniently replace your smartphone and pc its just a fancy tablet. Priced the way they are the majority will do just that.. Watch
    It may take the next Steve Jobs (whoever that may be) to convince us what that device is.
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    07-18-2019 04:55 PM
  14. darrell reimer's Avatar
    There is no market for this device because there are no apps...
    07-18-2019 10:54 PM
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