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Microsoft is working on a dual-screen Andromeda mobile and the company has patented several technologies that could be implemented in such a device. First spotted by us, Microsoft’s latest patent titled “Electronic device having a reduced dead border” is about a mobile computing device with reduced bezels.

The patent was published by USPTO on August 21 and it was filed by Microsoft back in 2016. The patent is about the electronic devices (mobile or tablet) with a reduced dead border.

“Display modules are used in various electronic devices, such as portable or mobile devices. Such devices may have a significant dead border, i.e. the area from outer edges of the device to the active area of the display module. The dead border may be formed by the inactive area of the display module, often referred to as black matrix, the mechanics around the display module, and any screen printing of the window covering the display module,” Microsoft writes in the background section of the patent.

Microsoft has explained the patented device below:

“An electronic device having two or more opposing sides is disclosed. The electronic device may comprise a display module having a width and a length, a window on the display module, and a frame at least partly surrounding the display module. The frame may comprise, at two or more opposing sides of the electronic device, a side portion and an upper portion on an upper side of the electronic device, the upper portion extending a determined distance from the side portion towards the opposing side of the electronic device and ending at an inner edge of the upper portion, and the inner edge of the upper portion defining an opening having a width smaller than the width of the display module. The display module may have an active area and an inactive area adjacent to the active area and at the periphery of the display module.

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“The display module may be disposed within the frame so that at least a part of the inactive area is disposed below and covered by the upper portion of the frame, at least a part of the active area being visible through the opening, and the window may be disposed in the opening.”

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