Microsoft joins the folding fray with dual screen smartphone
Microsoft turned some heads when it unveiled its latest dual screen smartphone.
Joining the likes of Samsung and Huawei, Microsoft is working on a foldable phone named the Surface Duo. The jury is still out right now on what exactly it is, it’s too big to be a conventional phone (two 5.6-inch screens), but too small for a tablet. Microsoft is sitting on the fence right now calling it a “communication device”.
Hitting shelves ‘hopefully’ in late 2020, the Duo can take calls like a phone, but also run two apps at once, one on each screen. The device has a noticeable hinge down the two screens, unlike Samsung and Huawei which have tinkered tirelessly to make its foldables more seamless, Microsoft shows the hinge loud and proud.
Unlike other foldables out there, the Duo has full 360 degrees movement, meaning you can fold the glass back to back, or even shut the device like you would a laptop. The device is Microsoft’s first redo at its own communication device since the failure that was the Windows Phone.
This new device will not dare utilise an unfamiliar operating system, instead opting for whatever Android OS exists in late 2020. Microsoft assured on stage that the Duo would be compatible with all Android apps, allowing for a seamless user experience juggling two apps at once.
The trailer shows the ‘phone’ being folded in a similar configuration to a Nintendo DS, using one screen as a controller and the other as, well, a screen. It also shows the device can be used with a stylus for note taking.
Folded with one screen over the other, the trailer shows the phone to be able to fit into a pocket. The large size of the device and its less seamless hinge has it teeter on the definitions of phone and tablet. So let’s call it a phablet.
No price has been announced, but you can check out the trailer below: