There are reports that Microsoft may launch a redesigned Surface Pro in 2020. Now a Patent application by Microsoft shows that the Microsoft Surface team is working on another revolutionary device. Microsoft has filed a patent with the U.S. Patent Office for the Surface Pro 8 Cover Type, which integrates solar panels. The patent was originally filed in the second half of 2018 and released Tuesday on the U.S. Patent Office’s public platform, but it is unclear whether the company has begun working on the idea to use the patent for future Surface Pro products.
In the patent file, Microsoft gives a Surface Pro-like device with a housing integrating solar cells and keyboards. At least four solar panels are connected to the back of the Type Cover to charge the device through sunlight or artificial light sources. Microsoft says the device can be charged from any artificial light source. Interestingly, the Surface Pro solar panel is designed so that users can also charge the device when they are moderately using it.
The patent also suggests that Microsoft may be carrying more solar panels for the device, rather than the four panels shown. Solar panels can be any of a variety of solar panels, including single-crystal solar panels, polycrystalline solar panels, thin-film amorphous silicon solar panels and/or concentrated photovoltaic solar panels, and so on.