Microsoft’s Surface Duo 3 will have a foldable screen
To say that Microsoft misread the market with its Surface Duo and Surface Duo 2 devices would be a definite understatement. Just as devices with folding screens started to go mainstream, Microsoft took an entirely different route by betting that people would rather have two flat screens instead.
Let’s be honest: it didn’t work. Phones with foldable screens are seeing sales increase year on year, while Surface Duo devices are barely selling. Microsoft is therefore finally ready to change its strategy, according to a new report from “sources familiar with the company’s plans”.
The Surface Duo 3 will have a foldable interior display and a flat exterior display, opting for a form factor similar to the vivo X Fold (pictured throughout this article) and the Honor Magic Vs. This device has gone through “a long year of hardware prototyping and experimentation”, allegedly.
Initially, Microsoft wanted the Surface Duo 3 to arrive later this year to keep the dual-screen design of its predecessors, but with narrower and taller edge-to-edge screens, wireless charging and other improvements without name.
In fact, the design of this device had already been finalized when the company miraculously decided to take the healthiest route and opt for a truly foldable screen.
Because of this change, the year-end shipping target has slipped out of the window, and now it’s unclear when the Surface Duo 3 will actually launch. Likewise, no details on its specifications are known at this time, as it is apparently too early for that.
Despite recent reports claiming that the Surface Duo 3 will have a 360 degree hinge, today’s news sources claim this is not accurate and will instead be a 180 hinge. degrees. That’s what most other foldable phones have. Although we’ve called it Surface Duo 3 in this review for simplicity, it could very well be named something else if Microsoft wants the switch to a foldable screen to be made more obvious.
The same sources revealing all of this also claim that Microsoft wants to further differentiate its future Android offerings from competitors, and is working to offer “an ecosystem experience” between its Android devices and Windows PCs, similar to what it is on the side. from Apple with iPhone and Mac.
Additionally, the company wants to expand its line of Android smartphones to more than just the Surface Duo, and has been exploring different form factors to possibly ship in the future – we’re talking traditional slab-style devices, not foldables.
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