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Microsoft files patent for two-screen smartphone

Microsoft headquarters in France. Photo: MARTIN BUREAU / AFP / Getty Images

Microsoft has filed a patent for a new hinge design that would connect two screens on a smart phone, Business Insider reports.

In the patent filing, Microsoft says dual-display devices are the next step for smartphones because making screens and phones any larger "is not desirable" for consumers. Per Business Insider, the patent "doesn't mean Microsoft is building a device," but it demonstrates how the company is "looking at the future of smartphones."