Microsoft showcased its first-ever Android device i.e. Microsoft Surface Duo which is a dual-display smartphone with Android OS. The device has a dual 5.6-inch LCD screen which unfolds to form a larger but broken 8.3-inch display and has no rear cameras onboard.
With Android OS on-board, the users will get the ease of downloading Android apps onto Surface Duo and since there are millions of apps available on Google Play Store, the choice is infinite. But Microsoft has tagged along a few of its cloud-based apps onto the device such as OneDrive, Microsoft Office, and Outlook. The device was launched as an Android and smaller sibling to the larger Microsoft Surface Neo which has a larger display and runs on upgraded Windows 10X which has a dual-screen display as well.
But Microsoft Surface Duo has landed in a genre that hasn’t performed too well. LG has a dual-display smartphone when unfolded and appears as two phones attached to each other with a hinge which is the same form factor that Surface Duo has on offer. Similarly, Kyocera released its Echo back in 2011 while ZTE Axon M was launched in 2017 with dual-displays as well.
One of the major concerns is that the device is slated to launch sometime in Holiday 2020 and its price tag hasn’t been revealed yet. This begs a question that at the end of 2020 when bigwigs like Samsung and Huawei will probably launch a second-gen single foldable device, having a dual-display smartphone would be a tad bit out of trend although that doesn’t mean that this device is not worth since it brings Surface’s 2-in-1 spirit with it as well.
Apart from that, smartphone sales have taken a hit over the years with almost 4% decline in global shipment recorded by IDC last year which means there is even less room for a device as such at least in the smartphone category.
Microsoft launched the Lumia smartphone series back in the days after acquiring Nokia which although runs for a while but then had to shut down. This is probably its second attempt but at least this time, it introduced Android OS which is at least one thing done right for sure.