10 February 2020
Microsoft came with a lot of surprises at its Surface event and among these announcements is a dual-screen phone called the Surface Duo as well. We obviously expected some Surface laptop upgrades but Microsoft just spellbound everyone with some unforeseen products.
The all-new Microsoft Surface Duo phone has two screens that fold inside and the concept looks similar to its another newly-announced dual-screen Surface Neo device but on a smaller scale. The Surface Duo that looks like one of the forms of foldable phones runs Android but Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay doesn’t want you to address it a phone. Even though he’s reluctant to call it a phone, there is no doubt in believing that the company has entered the smartphone space after the death of the Windows Phone platform.
You can call it a pocketable notebook which is thin, light, and hence portable. Panay insisted that the goal is not to position it as a smartphone in the traditional sense which many of us will tend to parlance it anyway.
While we had all eyes on Samsung’s and Huawei’s foldable phones, Microsoft jumped in swiftly and launched its take on the foldable devices. But compared to the Huawei Mate X and the Galaxy Fold, the Surface Duo has two-screens. It doesn’t have only one screen that goes from one side to the other like a flow or is flexible, there is a gap between the two screens.
The Microsoft Surface Duo holds two 5.6-inch displays that can rotate 360 degrees. The two screens unfold to an 8.3-inch tablet-size like device, similar to Neo. It’s powered by Snapdragon 855 processor. The elements of the design haven’t been finalized yet and we can’t tell if the device features the rear camera. And, yes, it makes phone calls.
This is an early look at the Surface Duo and Microsoft has given the developers an ample amount of time to start building apps for the new hardware. The device isn’t expected to ship until the holiday season of 2020.