According to sources from market research firm IHS Markit, Microsoft is preparing to launch a new Surface computer with a folding screen in the first half of next year.
According to the email of Jeff Lin, director of Consumer Electronics Co-operation at IHS Markit, when talking to Forbes news site, this folding screen Surface is expected to have a 9-inch wide screen, with a ratio of 4: 3. IHS Markit said, they have this information from the "supply chain".
Lin added that the device is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2020, or the second half of 2020.
Also according to IHS Markit's report, this device will use Windows 10 new version – Windows Core OS – with a dual-screen user interface – and can run Android applications and iCloud services on Windows 10. Windows Core OS is a Microsoft-developed operating system that can run on many different devices.
In addition, the device is equipped with Intel's 10nm Lakefield processor. It also has the function of always connecting, via LTE or 5G.
The information about IHS Markit's Surface folding device is quite similar to a similar report of Windows Central and The Verge, when earlier this year, both sites said Microsoft was preparing to launch one. More recent and dual-screen mobile devices also show that Microsoft is demonstrating a dual-screen Surface device.
Lenovo's dual-screen laptop.
In fact, since the end of last year, there have been reports that Microsoft is developing a dual-screen, codenamed Centaurus computer, using the Windows Core OS and able to run applications. Using Android as well as using Intel processors – is quite similar to the aforementioned folding screen, except that Centaurus uses a dual screen.
Device manufacturers are actively looking to design folding screens in the coming years as they seek to get mobile devices out of traditional single-screen products that have been around for decades.
This year saw Samsung turn and then Huawei launched the first folding screen device, such as Samsung's Galaxy Fold and Huawei's Mate X. However, for many different reasons, no device has been officially opened for sale so far.
Refer to Forbes, Windows Central