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Microsoft to get patent of Surface Neo and Duo’s folding mechanism

The Microsoft Surface Duo and Surface Neo both feature dual displays held together with a fully rotating hinge that can be adjusted to any angle. The submission of the patent for this particular hinge mechanism has been published by the WIPO.

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The patent was submitted by Microsoft for an “ADJUSTABLE CLOSURE MAGNET FOR HINGED DEVICE WITH ASSISTED OPEN”. The patent includes a diagram of a single link in the hinge mechanism, which we’d imagine would be numerously used along the spine of the devices.

The Surface Duo is a Surface smartphone announced by Microsoft with dual displays, featuring a 360-degree rotating hinge with Surface Pen support. Though the Neo and Duo devices are similar in form factor, the Neo features two 9-inch displays and runs Windows 10X while the Duo has two 5.6-inch screens and will be powered by Android.

The Surface Duo (the smaller that’s a phone) is expected to have a “world-class camera” and The Surface Neo and Duo are expected to arrive sometime before the 2020 holiday season.

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