In a nutshell: While we’re spoilt for selection relating to cell computing choices as of late, the anxiousness that arises from a low battery when on the transfer could be very actual. You could carry a transportable battery pack with you, however Microsoft might need one thing higher in retailer with the Surface Pro 8: a Type Cover with built-in solar panels.

As reported by Windows Latest, Microsoft first filed a patent with the USPTO for a Surface Pro Type Cover with built-in solar panels again in the second half of 2018, nevertheless it was solely revealed on a public platform final week.

The submitting exhibits what seems to be like a Surface Pro slotted right into a “Mobile device cover with integrated solar panel.” There are 4 panels on the again to seize gentle and energy the Surface Pro, and Microsoft states that any synthetic sources of sunshine would be enough, which means it will work each indoors and outside. Additionally, the cowl could cost the machine whereas it’s getting used.

Patent suggests the Surface Pro 8 could be solar powered

The patent provides that greater than 4 solar panels can be built-in into cowl, and so they could are available any selection, “including monocrystalline solar panels, polycrystalline solar panels, thin-film amorphous silicon solar panels and/or concentrated PV cell solar panels.”

Thanks to the hinged design of the Type Cover, it will possibly be positioned at the finest angle to catch the gentle whereas customers work.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7 gained the ‘Best Productivity’ award in our ‘Best of Tablets’ characteristic, however there are few modifications over the previous-generation mannequin. An non-obligatory Type Cover with solar panels could assist the Surface Pro 8 shine subsequent to its opponents. But, like all patents, there’s no assure this one will ever develop into an actual product, although right here’s hoping.