Microsoft’s Promising Surface Foldable To Miss Planned 2018 Launch

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For all the promise of its innovative design, Microsoft's foldable Surface tablet-codenamed 'Andromeda' thus far-won't be able to make it to a 2018 launch.

The leak, covered by BGR's report, has the device pegged to be a hybrid of a laptop and a phone. Andromeda would also become a mobile device, taking in a popular trend that has steadily been gaining ground since the introduction of smartphones.

Microsoft, in a statement found in the report, has said that the Surface is indeed pocketable, with a new 'form factor' that introduces consumers to new developments in software and hardware. Using the 'Andromeda' will bring a whole new experience to users.

So far, news has been scarce, and scarce is bad.

The scarcity of information, Tech Radar says, is because Microsoft hasn't been comfortable with what engineers have come up with so far. The launch has also been moved to 2019 with no definite launch date in sight.

Microsoft may be playing it safe, so far; the mobile computing market is cutthroat. With competitors like Apple, Microsoft may be on something if they think their product still needs a little more tinkering. That seems to be the case, as reports have surfaced that Microsoft is still making tweaks and changes to the tablet in order to make it catch up with the competition.

As per CNET's report, Brad Sams of Thurott.com has gathered news that Microsoft is improving the software and hardware of the device, or the device's hardware/software configuration still isn't the 'innovative' mix that they have promised once the device launches, whatever date that is in the near future.

Once again, Microsoft is trying out a new software-the Andromeda OS, which is actually a modified copy of Windows 10.

That Microsoft is once again working on something mobile is good. Their last outing being what it was, it seems that the developers have learned their lesson. Taking a page out of that book may differentiate the launch of the Surface tablet, whatever configuration it might be and wherever genre it may fall in.

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