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Microsoft files patent for foldable smartphone

Microsoft is also working on a new version of its Surface Pro tablet which is set to arrive in the first quarter of 2017.
Microsoft is also working on a new version of its Surface Pro tablet which is set to arrive in the first quarter of 2017. (Reuters file photo)

Microsoft is also working on a new version of its Surface Pro tablet which is set to arrive in the first quarter of 2017.

A new patent filed by Microsoft hints at a device supported by flexible hinge that would transform a phone into a tablet. The flexible hinge will also let users set up the device in tent mode similar to Lenovo's Yoga tablet.

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"There appears to be modes for two or three screens to extend flat out to make the device bigger and more of a tablet like Microsoft's original Courier concept," tech website The Verge reported on Tuesday.

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Microsoft is also working on a new version of its Surface Pro tablet which is set to arrive in the first quarter of 2017. The new Surface Pro 5 2-in-1 will sport an ultra-HD display and magnetic charging stylus, with Pegatron Technology that will manufacture the device.

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The company is also reportedly planning a new Surface Pen to support the Surface Book 5 that would use magnetic charging -- a first for the company's Surface Pro line.

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