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Microsoft just announced a new dual-screen phone and it's called the Surface Duo

By Kenny Yeo - on 5 Oct 2019, 10:01am

Microsoft just announced a new dual-screen phone and it's called the Surface Duo

Note: This article was first published on 3 October 2019.

The Microsoft Surface Duo

It’s safe to say that almost no one was expecting this. Microsoft is making a phone again.

After announcing a bevy of new Surface devices including the new Surface Pro 7, Surface Earbuds, and Surface Pro X, Microsoft dropped the bomb on all of us by showing off a new phone.

It’s called the Surface Duo. Like the Surface Neo, it has two displays each are 5.6 inches large and are held together by an elaborate and complex 360-degree hinge. Together, they form a large 8.3-inch display. You can also fold them onto themselves and use it as a 5.6-inch phone.

Surface chief Panos Panay said the Surface Duo brings together the absolute best of Microsoft and Google. He also said that the Surface Duo is all about enhancing productivity and the two screens have been optimised to run two apps simultaneously.

Microsoft's chief product officer Panos Panay holding the Surface Duo.

Few details have been revealed about the device but we know it’s running on some form of Android that looks to be heavily skinned to look like Windows. No word yet also about the hardware that's powering it or the cameras that it'll have.

Like the Surface Neo, the Surface Duo won’t be ready until late next year Holiday 2020. However, Microsoft is keen to show it off to its fans, partners, and especially developers so that they have time to build apps for it.

The Surface Duo is certainly an interesting device from many aspects. It's interesting that Microsoft chose to pursue more conventional technology in realising the design of the Surface Duo as opposed to using foldable displays like Samsung's Galaxy Fold or Huawei's Mate X. Secondly, it marks Microsoft's return to the smartphone space for the first time since its Windows Phone platform was declared dead in 2017.

Stay tuned right here as we bring you more details from Microsoft's special Surface event.

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