Microsoft returns to phone market via Android-powered device

By William Smith
Microsoft used its Surface event to announce a suite of new hardware, including the dual-screen Surface Duo – Microsoft’s return to the phone market...

Microsoft used its Surface event to announce a suite of new hardware, including the dual-screen Surface Duo – Microsoft’s return to the phone market.

In what is a nod to the dominance of Android and IOS (76.24% and 22.48% respectively according to statcounter), Microsoft is returning to the phone market having abandoned its Windows 10 Mobile operating system.

The dual-screen represents a different take on the current spate of foldable phones, with Samsung’s Galaxy Fold being one of the most prominent examples. That phone suffered an ignominious initial launch, with products being recalled due to ease of breakage. Samsung subsequently relaunched the phone with improved levels of protection, but any lingering doubt in the technology has been cleverly sidestepped by Microsoft’s dual-screen solution.

SEE ALSO:

Quite pointed in the company’s press materials is the refusal to refer to the duo as a phone, despite its capacity to make calls and its reliance on the Android operating system. In Microsoft’s defence, it is unusually large, verging on the designation of phablet.

Such a move likely reflects Microsoft’s decision not to compete directly with other phone manufacturers, owing to the dominance of Samsung, Apple and Huawei. Instead, Microsoft is playing up the Duo’s status as a pocket-sized member of the Surface family of touchscreen-enabled hardware.

Microsoft has traditionally targeted its Surface products towards the productivity crowd, as a mix between a laptop and a tablet, and the Duo is no different, with the company highlighting the utility of dual screens in both enabling multi-tasking and enhancing focus on a single task when put together.

Specifications are thin on the ground, except for the screens, which are 5.6 inch separately and 8.3 inch when put together. The device’s launch is more than a year away, with the Surface Duo slated to release in “holiday 2020”.

(Image: Microsoft)

Share

Featured Articles

6G: Predictions for the network of the future

With cloud-based technology enabling higher speeds and microsecond latency, experts predict 6G will transform the world. The next generation is coming

Blockchain in space could take tokens and NFTs into orbit

SpaceChain says its latest mission to the International Space Station via a SpaceX rocket blazes a trail for off-planet, high-speed blockchain processing

ICYMI: Top 10 DevSecOps tools and cut-price animal robots

A week is a long time in tech, so here are some of Technology Magazine’s most popular articles which have been starting conversations around the world

Altered Egos: Digital twins hold up a mirror for machines

Digital Transformation

Blockchain technology puts paid to US energy data attacks

Cloud & Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity response costs up in light of new cloud risks

Cloud & Cybersecurity