Microsoft Unveils Own Foldable Phone Surface Duo

Posted: Oct 2 2019, 8:08pm CDT | by , in Technology News

Microsoft unveils own foldable phone Surface Duo

It's the era of foldable phones.

As the smartphone competition on foldable phones heat up, tech giant Microsoft appears to have jumped in on the trend by launching its new Surface Duo, a foldable smartphone that can turn into a tiny laptop.

Microsoft surprised everyone with its announcement as there haven't been speculations or leaks about the foldable phone prior to the announcement.

To support the features of a foldable phone, Microsoft announced a new operating system, called Windows 10X, that is specially designed for phones with foldable screens. Windows 10X is scheduled to roll out in the fall of 2020. This operating sytem will be available on Microsoft Surface and devices from several Windows ecosystem partners like ASUS, Dell, HP and Lenovo, meaning it won't be limited to just the Surface Duo and the upcoming Surface Neo.

Microsoft clarified that Windos 10X is not an OS upgrade for PCs.

Ahead of the launch of Windows 10X, Microsoft said the Surface Duo will still be able to run Android apps. The Surface Duo will have all Microsoft productivity apps in addition to Android apps.

The Surface Duo is designed with two paper-thin 5.6-inch screens that unfold to 8.3 inches. Its screens can fold 360 degrees with its full-friction hinge.

The foldable phone will be available in the 2020 holiday, according to Microsoft.

The company has yet to release the pricing of the phone, but it's expected to rival Samsung's Galaxy Fold and Huawei's Mate X.

The Surface Duo was announced alongside the new Surface Neo, a foldable tablet that also folds 360 degrees. It will run on Windows 10X.

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