Today Microsoft announced several new Surface products at an event in New York City, including some new laptops and dual-screen PC device. Perhaps the most interesting to us mobile folks, though, is that Microsoft also introduced a new phone.
The Surface Duo is a foldable device with two 5.6-inch touchscreens. It's got a 360-degree hinge so that you can set it up in whatever position you'd like. During its announcement, the Surface Duo appeared to be able to run one app across both screens or two separate apps at once, as well as offering an app on one screen and a keyboard or a controller on the other.
Microsoft also says that it's partnering with Google to put Android on the Surface Duo. Google Play was shown running on the Surface Duo, meaning that you'll be able to download Android apps from the Play Store.
The Surface Duo is slated to launch in the holiday 2020 season. Because it's more than a year out, most of its specs are still up in the air, but a report from Wired says that the Surface Duo is currently running a Snapdragon 855 processor. The current model doesn't have a rear camera, meaning the user must flip open the Surface Duo and take a photo with the front camera, but Microsoft's Panos Panay says that the device is still in early days and that the camera layout may change.
Microsoft has been out of the smartphone hardware game for a few years now, and so it's kind of crazy to see the company jumping back in with an Android phone. That's doubly true when you consider what device Microsoft is getting back into mobile with: a dual-screen device with a 360-degree hinge. We're still a ways out from seeing the Surface Duo launch, but based on what we've seen so far, we're definitely interested in learning more.
What do you think of the Surface Duo?