Amid Microsoft Surface Phone specs, design and release date speculations, a new patent made by the compamy has recently surfaced and it's a device that will have a dual display, possibly for the Microsoft "Surface Phone" and the "Surface Pro 5."
But with the way the device in the patent looks, it's likely for a tablet, not a smartphone.
According to a report from Express, the patent showed that one side of the device would be a regular screen, while the other would be made of electronic paper. The e-paper could likely transform into a keyboard if needed.
This new patent would likely eliminate the need for Type Cover accessory that currently exists in the "Surface Pro 4." The patent also shows that the second screen could be used to control the device's music choice, as well as play games.
The e-paper screen could likely turn into a set of buttons or controls that allow fans to play games on the device in an interactive way. The report said that this patent could also reflect the latest feature that the "Surface Phone" could have as previous reports have claimed that the smartphone might be a foldable device that features two displays.
But Trusted Reviews reports that the latest patent, which was filed in September 2016, is likely for a tablet design and not the "Surface Phone." It's likely for a new e-paper Surface device or for the "Surface Pro 5."
The report said that the e-paper side of the dual display will be touched sensitive, is removable and could function as a cover. This hints that the patent is not for a smartphone but more for a tablet.
There is no guarantee, though, that Microsoft will indeed come out with a device that has this kind of technology. Companies usually use patents as a way to protect their ideas and not of what people can expect to come.