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Microsoft Surface Phone release date, specs, design, latest news and update: Amazing Surface Phone design appears in new patent claim

Microsoft Surface Phone is back in news and this time its about the amazing design of the much anticipated smartphone from the Redmond-based tech giant.

While fans have been eagerly waiting for Microsoft Surface Phone release, specs, design and any other news and update, rumours have been floating around about a Microsoft-branded smartphone for some time now, while the company looks to establish itself as a leader in the hardware market.

The success of its Surface Pro and Surface Book devices has raised hopes of a Surface Phone, however Microsoft has been cagey on its mobile ambitions since the demise of its relationship with Nokia.

But now it appears the Microsoft may be planning a return for its next smartphone release - and it might be quite eye-catching too. That’s according to a new patent filing recently released to the public.

In it, Microsoft applies for a new kind of multi-layered phone display, built of tiled panels with a curve at the edge. The curve is intended to draw light away from the gaps, making it appears that the display shows one continuous image.

This would help address one of the main problems with hinged displays, where multiple panels often end up breaking the user’s perception of the objects displayed on screen.

Microsoft’s new design means that it could create a folding design with multiple active displays appearing to show off a single, continuous image.

This is not the first time that reports have suggested a flexible design for the Surface Phone.

Earlier, in January, a separate patent filing showed off designs for a foldable device that would blend together the best of both the phone and tablet worlds.

The filing shows a tablet-sized device that would be able to fold onto itself using a hinge, creating a display about the size of a typical smartphone.

That opens the device up for quickly switching between a number of different uses, for example, you could be watching a film on the main tablet screen, then quickly pause and fold the device into a phone to make a call or reply to a text message.

The Surface Phone will be a major release for Microsoft, if and when it eventually appears.

The device could be set for some delays, however, after a recent report claimed that although a smartphone was in development, it won’t be released until late 2018 or even not until 2019.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently raised hopes among Microsoft fans that the device may be in development when he hinted last month that a Surface Phone could be "the ultimate mobile device”.

However the company has downgraded work on its Windows 10 Mobile platform recently in favour of focusing on building other new hardware instead.

Some reports had suggested that the Surface Phone will launch later this year, possibly as part of the ‘Redstone 3’ Windows 10 update.

Among the most popular rumours concerning the Surface Phone is that the device will use Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip and will run a 64-bit version of Windows 10 Mobile.

Continuum – Windows 10's ability to run a desktop PC-like environment on a large screen from a smartphone – could bring a new level of productivity for the phone.