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New hinge API gives more hints about Microsoft’s 2-screen “Andromeda” device

Enlarge / The “Surface Phone” is speculated to be some kind of dual-screen device. (credit: Microsoft)

We’ve seen from patent filings and leaked timelines that Microsoft seems to be working on a dual-screen handheld device codenamed Andromeda. Some new APIs found in the latest Windows 10 preview provide more evidence, even offering clues as to its capabilities.

Twitter user WalkingCat spotted an API for devices with two screens and a hinge. Applications can query the orientation of the two screens and the position of the hinge. The hinge’s position is reported as being one of several options: closed, concave, convex, flat, and full.

This points at not just a hinge but a 360-degree hinge similar to those found on Lenovo’s Yoga laptops and HP’s various 360 systems. Further, it implies that the new device will have some functionality when fully closed or when opened all the way up with a screen showing front and back.

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