28. October 2021

Microsoft is serious about its double-screen Duo smartphone


While Microsoft’s first two-screen cell system, the Surface Duo, drew criticism over its sluggish processor, poor digital camera, buggy software program and a hefty price ticket, the corporate is doubling down on a sequel in an effort to cement its place within the smartphone enterprise.

The Surface Duo 2 boasts all of the options you’ll count on from a flagship cellphone together with the most recent and best chip from Qualcomm, 5G connectivity, NFC for contactless funds and a correct triple rear digital camera system. Microsoft is additionally increasing on the twin display type issue by growing show sizes and enabling full compatibility with its Surface Pen stylus.

Microsoft’s Surface Duo 2 has bigger screens and is compatible with its new stylus

Microsoft’s Surface Duo 2 has greater screens and is suitable with its new stylus

Microsoft went to nice lengths to paint the original Duo as “not a phone” in 2019, however there’s no mistaking Microsoft’s intentions with the Duo 2. It’s seeking to entice those that need a extra full companion system to their Windows PC — in the identical manner the iPhone seamlessly integrates with Apple’s desktop working system — whereas additionally hoping to court docket the foldable crowd who wish to get extra achieved on their smartphone.

One may argue there’s little for Microsoft to achieve in making its personal smartphone; the corporate’s present partnership with Samsung sees Microsoft apps put in on each handset the South Korean firm makes. With the Surface Duo, Microsoft’s reliance on software program rival Google’s Android working system means it’s additionally pressured to have various Google apps put in alongside its personal.

The Duo 2’s screens can wrap around for a more traditional shape, open like a book or sit like a small laptop or tent.

The Duo 2’s screens can wrap round for a extra conventional form, open like a e-book or sit like a small laptop computer or tent.

Questions stay too about whether or not Microsoft can safe the service offers and provides it the advertising push obligatory for it to be a serious smartphone participant. There’s additionally the problem of whether or not the corporate can safe sufficient inventory ranges with an already constrained provide chain, given it will likely be competing instantly with different smartphone makers for elements.

In Australia at the least, Microsoft will probably be promoting the Duo 2 instantly from its on-line retailer and there aren’t any plans to inventory the system in any retail shops, or make it out there on a contract with a service. Microsoft isn’t being notably aggressive with its pricing technique both, with a beginning worth of $2319 which places it in the identical territory as Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 and effectively past lots of Apple’s iPhones.


Still Microsoft’s attain within the enterprise area is unrivalled, and if it could possibly get sufficient of its enterprise prospects to spring for a Duo 2 for his or her workers then there’s each probability that success would possibly translate to extra retailers and carriers leaping on board sooner or later.

Microsoft’s push into telephones in some ways mirror’s Surface’s rocky begin within the PC {hardware} market, which amounted to years of losses earlier than the corporate turned it round right into a $US7 billion a yr enterprise.

At the very least, it may go a good distance towards erasing Microsoft’s unsuccessful previous with smartphones from the minds of each prospects and carriers.

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