It doesn’t happen often in the Applesphere. But it happens. Remember way back to when Apple executives admitted the trash can Mac Pro was a dud? They promised a new Mac Pro. In a couple of years. We’re still waiting, but at least Apple announced enough Mac Pro to set the so-called Mac professional community’s collective hair on fire.
Microsoft just did the same thing with a video of the future. The Surface Duo smartphone based on Android (obviously packed with the latest 173 Microsoft apps) and this one boasts dual screens.
Dual as in two. Surface Duo. Duo. Two. That differs from Samsung’s Galaxy Fold which features a screen so large it needs to be folded up to be put away. To be fair about what Microsoft envisions in its first smartphone and eventual iPhone competitor looks pretty damned good.
What do you think?
Two displays, side-by-side. I want one. In an iPhone, of course.
I suspect the Duo was announced more than a year early because Microsoft wants to look good in public, and is willing to do anything to keep the stock propped up, but as is the case with such announcement, it was long on headlines and short on bullet points.
What inquiring minds want to know:
- How much? – Think more than a high end iPhone, but less than Samsung’s latest Galaxy Fold
- 5G? Or, No 5G? – I think it will come with 5G. It’s big enough, and 2020 is the year when 5G begins to take off.
- Full-Screen Mode – This is the big unknown. Will Android apps simply park on one display or the other, or will there be an option for an app to cover both?
- Weight – How heavy is that bugger? iPhone 11 Pro Max is notably heavier than last year’s models, thanks to more and much-needed battery life, but dual displays is like two iPhones in your hand.
- Cameras? Back only? Front selfie? Multiple cameras?
- Sales Locations – Who will sell it? Verizon only? Or, all main U.S. Carriers. I’d bet on all.
- Android – most Android-based smartphones ship with last year’s OS, but flagship models often get the latest. Android 11? Or this year’s Android?
All we know so far is Duo comes with a total of 8.3-inches of screen in two 5.6-inch displays. It runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, sports a USB-C charger, a fingerprint scanner, and, folded, is about half an inch thick.
Ship date? Microsoft won’t say, of course, but since we’re still waiting for a Mac Pro ship date almost two years after the original announcement, I’ll cut the company some slack.