Dual-screened Surface Duo gets photo opp with Microsoft's CEO Nadella

Dual-screened Surface Duo gets photo opp with Microsoft's CEO Nadella
You know the story by now. Microsoft started filing patent after patent for a dual-screen Surface Phone beginning in January 2017. Illustrations accompanying these patent applications revealed how the device could be used in various modes for certain applications; in tent mode, the product could be placed on a nightstand and used as an alarm clock. In laptop mode, the product is held in landscape with the bottom screen revealing a virtual QWERTY keyboard. One patent explained that the 360-degree hinge would be able to determine the mode being used and adjust the UI accordingly. But in July 2018, Microsoft reportedly put the project on hold.

Last October 2nd, Microsoft unveiled its dual-screen Surface Neo Windows tablet. And in a Jobs-like "One more thing" moment, Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay introduced the Surface Duo as the crowd went wild. The Duo will be released in time for the 2020 holiday shopping season and is equipped with a pair of 5.6-inch displays. One surprise is that the Duo will run on Android. Microsoft, like BlackBerry before it, realized that it was easier to license Android than to battle with one hand tied behind its back. Microsoft worked with Google to help it design the changes to Android that are needed in order to make the whole dual-screen thing flow.

Yesterday, a tweet from Yahoo Finance anchor Brian Sozzi was embedded with a photo of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella holding a Surface Duo. With the Duo still months away, Microsoft is going to need to remind consumers every now and then that this device does exist or else potential consumers could forget about it. By reminding the public about the Surface Duo through a series of ads, interested consumers and companies might forego a smartphone purchase and wait for the Surface Duo to launch.


In this era of foldable phones, it is important to understand that the Surface Duo is not in the category that includes the Samsung Galaxy Fold, the Galaxy Z Flip, the Huawei Mate X, and the Motorola razr. But it isn't supposed to be on this list. Essentially two individual displays that work together, the Duo is more about productivity and multi-tasking than the other devices.

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13 Comments

1. mikedemoda

Posts: 130; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

that's some DOA product

10. cevon3239

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

How would you know? Do you think because you don't like or want it, that means no one else will either? If it is priced right, it is gonna sell like hotcakes. If the device can natively run Android apps, even with a Windows UI, that would be killer.

11. BL4NKF4CE

Posts: 160; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

The device is running Android. That's what Microsoft said when it was unveiled.

17. ZeroCide

Posts: 818; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

mikedemoda, Looks like your comment here was DOA. Every other comment is excited about the device and looking forward to its release. If that small consensus is any indication of the product and its priced correctly this device will be another Surface success for MS.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22807; Member since: May 28, 2014

I’m so eager for this device to be released! Really looking forward to it.

6. Sparkxster

Posts: 1260; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Me too! Can't wait to see how it turns out.

3. OneLove123

Posts: 1296; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Enjoying my lg g8x dual screen.

4. Poptart2828

Posts: 499; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Nice. You done good

5. cleatglitch

Posts: 166; Member since: May 25, 2013

looks like a duel note...i'm inn

7. SyCo87

Posts: 331; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

I'm all for it.

8. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2364; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Those screens better be OLED. I'm in

9. miketer

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

This will be the device that'll be more practical than the screen foldables. If it works as it's intended to, without hiccups, I'll be one of the crowd to make the purchase. No doubt about it.

14. Vagelara

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

The Microsoft duo will be the best on the market. Will be the best multitasking device.

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