Excerpts from Brad Sam’s latest book, “Beneath a Surface” about Microsoft’s future plans have created a lot of buzz on the Internet.
In the book, he talks about a Surface Pro tablet, with a USB-C port coming in Q4 2019; a Surface Laptop running on an AMD processor; an “ambient computing” device that can sense and respond to user presence, etc..
Interestingly, he also mentions Microsoft’s foldable dual-screen device, “Andromeda.” Citing unnamed resources, he claims that the device, which will be arriving in late 2019, “might be bigger than what previous reports indicated and may be closer to a PC than a smartphone.”
Meanwhile, leaks have already started pouring in about a larger Andromeda device under development. Reportedly, Microsoft is working on another dual-screen foldable device which is similar to the Andromeda form factor. The device, which is likely to be called “Centaurus” won’t be pocketable.” It will arrive late next year.
"Centaurus" is a WCOS device that runs the Andromeda OS experience. It's (from what I hear) powered by an Intel processor, and is very likely a larger take on the Andromeda form-factor. But it is NOT Andromeda.
— Zac Bowden (@zacbowden) December 1, 2018
Windows developer Gustave first discovered the code name “Centaurus” in the latest Windows 10 19H1 preview builds or SDKs. Following which, Zac Bowden, a senior reporter at Windows Central, tweeted that the “larger Andromeda” certainly is not Andromeda, but a different project altogether.
Factory OS Holographic
Factory OS Andromeda Device
— Gus (@gus33000) December 1, 2018
All in all, one thing is for certain that a dual-screen foldable device from Microsoft is headed our way in late 2019. Meanwhile, other manufacturers have already started working on their foldable dual-screen devices.