Microsoft is staging a comeback after its Windows Phone lineup met its end in 2017. The Microsoft Surface Duo will be powered by Android in partnership with Google, and will feature two screens and stylus compatibility.
Not much other information about the Surface Duo was made available, but the dual-screen device will have two 5.6-inch displays for an 8.3-inch form factor when expanded.
The Surface Duo will be joined by the larger dual-screen device, the Surface Neo, and was announced alongside Windows 10 X software for dual-screen devices. At the launch event in New York, Microsoft also showcased the Surface Laptop 3, Surface Pro X and Surface Pro 7 tablets, along with the Surface Earbuds and SQ1 custom ARM chip.
Unlike Huawei’s Mate X and Samsung’s Galaxy Fold devices that feature foldable display technology, the Surface Duo ditches vulnerable and impractical screen materials for a safer dual-screen form factor.
That goes along the same lines as the LG V50 or the ZTE Axon M, which connects the two displays on a hinge that allows for one or both displays to be used, and even at an angle for a tiny laptop-like form factor.
With Samsung, Huawei and Apple taking the lead in terms of smartphone manufacture, Microsoft’s late re-entry into the rapidly-maturing market doesn’t give it the best chances of runaway success.
Its rather unique dual-screen folding form factor, however, does put it in a niche, targetting busy professionals who require effective multitasking at their fingertips.
The Surface Duo is slated for release in “holiday 2020”, so hang on to your socks in the meantime.