Microsoft Surface Duo: Microsoft’s folding smartphone is a bit like a Nintendo DS

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Microsoft is formally again within the smartphone enterprise – and never solely that, it has jumped aboard the foldable digicam telephone bandwagon by asserting the Microsoft Floor Duo. 

Unveiled at a press occasion in New York, the Microsoft Floor Duo will function an Android working system – as is simply wise, although nonetheless considerably shocking given Microsoft’s persistent makes an attempt to make Home windows Cellular OS a factor. 

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“This product brings together the absolute best of Microsoft, and we’re partnering with Google to bring the absolute best of Android in one product,” mentioned Microsoft Product Chief, Panos Panay (thanks, CNet). “This is industry pushing technology.”

Curiously, Microsoft distinctly considers the Duo to be a part of the Floor household – which is to say that it’s not strictly a smartphone. “Make no mistake, this product is a Surface,” Panay famous. 

And the Duo is not strictly a folding machine, both – not within the sense that the Samsung Galaxy Fold is, anyway. The place folding telephones such because the Galaxy function a single, seamless display screen (the reason for Samsung’s many miseries), the Floor Duo options separate twin screens, albeit in shut proximity. 

Provided that the Samsung has but to move any sustained sturdiness exams (having spectacularly did not last more than a day with out the display screen breaking in its first go-around), we suspect that Microsoft made the proper name. 

Little or no else is understood concerning the Microsoft Floor Duo, although we do know that it incorporates a single rear (selfie) digicam – there seems to be no entrance going through main digicam in any respect. 

Microsoft Surface Duo: Microsoft's folding smartphone is a bit like a Nintendo DS

The Microsoft Floor Duo solely has a single digicam, located within the rear ‘selfie’ location

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Microsoft’s presentation goes to nice lengths to showcase the 2 screens getting used independently, reasonably than as a single seamless pill display screen. It depicted one display screen as a show and the opposite as a keyboard, for inputting textual content, or as a digital joypad for taking part in Xbox video games. Stylus enter on one display screen was additionally proven.

On this sense, Microsoft appears to be pitching the Duo’s performance as much like the Nintendo DS. It appears to think about the 2 screens serving separate functions, reasonably than combining to kind a single bigger show. It is going to be attention-grabbing to see whether or not this, or Samsung’s method, sees higher success.

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