Surface Duo/Neo uses two screens, but in the future Microsoft may launch a collapsible device with three screens. Based on the newly approved technology patent, Microsoft describes a three-screen smartphone that, if approved by the Surface team, would undoubtedly be Microsoft’s next innovative device.
According to the patent description, the device looks similar to Surface Neo/Duo, but a third screen has been added to the hinge section to display incoming calls, text messages and APP notifications, as well as information about weather, time, alarms, electricity, and more.
The third screen, called the Edge Screen, is a hinge area of the screen, and the information is displayed on the edge screen according to the orientation of the device. The display of this edge screen is limited, basically just basic information about the device. Examples include virtual controls, browser bookmarks, notifications, time, remaining power, user identity, the ability to move content from one screen area to another, and the indicator marks used to run applications and connected devices.
Microsoft says the information displayed on the hinge screen area depends on the user’s current intent. Microsoft will be able to find out if users are interested in other information that can be displayed on the third screen. For example, when a device is turned off, the third screen can display notifications, such as the number of missed calls and unread text messages.