Despite everything else leaking out at the Surface event this morning, it’s Microsoft He was still able to save one big surprise for the end. The company returns to the phones. Not only that, it’s served long. Although, as with Neo, Duo doesn’t really have a foldable display like the Galaxy Fold. Instead, it’s two connected monitors, closer to ZTE Axon M.

This means that there is a gap between the two devices, that is, there are restrictions on the “flow” that the company discussed at this morning’s event. This is not necessarily a bad thing. This just means a different experience. Unlike, for example, the Galaxy Galaxy, the second screen is designed for things like writing and controlling, rather than trying out a bigger movie, for example.

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Interestingly (this is not the case All Interesting, of course), Microsoft is cooperating with Google on this one. Instead of upgrading or rolling out Windows 10 (Windows 10 X was introduced to Neo), the company uses Android here. Product manager Panos Panay indicated that the device is “not a phone, it’s a Surface device.” Why can’t they both be, Panos?

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Like Neo, the product doesn’t actually end up on vacation next year. Among other things, this gives the company time to get it in the hands of developers to create unique apps for the dual-screen experience. Announcing it now also means the company doesn’t have to worry about leaks in the meantime.

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There are still more questions than answers right now, of course. As with the other device that is being announced with a delay of more than a year, I expect a lot of items to be assigned here (including, most likely, the name). Also, Microsoft revealed fewer details than Neo.

Assuming the product actually comes to market, it will be interesting to see how users adopt its version of the most foldable (as far as any standard folds, of course). There are some advantages to the foldable dual screen, including the possibility to fold in both directions.

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Unlike the newcomers, no mention is made here of working with third parties. And because Microsoft uses someone else’s operating system here, the reference design model doesn’t really work here.


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