Much has been speculated about Microsoft’s foldable device over the past few months and years, and earlier this month, it was reported that the company had showcased it internally. Now, a new report from Forbes claims to have some new information on the computer, citing sources at market research firm IHS Markit.
Regarding the form factor itself, it’s said that the device will have two 9-inch displays in the 4:3 aspect ratio – a different approach from what we see in Lenovo’s foldable PC, for example. It’s said to run on Intel’s 10nm Lakefield SoC and have always-on connectivity, which could come in the form of LTE or 5G. Naturally, the device would run the rumored Windows Core OS, a necessity for the form factor.
The most notable part of the report, though, might be the fact that the device is said to be able to run Android apps, something that Windows Central’s Zac Bowden corroborates based on his own sources. The idea of Android apps on Windows is not new at all, and those that followed Windows 10 development will likely be familiar with Project Astoria. That strategy was eventually canceled, but after all, recent Windows 10 builds do ship with a full Linux kernel inside.
As to when we can expect this device to hit the market, both Forbes and Windows Central seem to agree that it should be coming in the first half of 2020. Next year could very well end up being a big year for foldable computers, as Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 is slated to come out in 2020 as well.