Perhaps unsurprisingly, Microsoft has reportedly canceled its Surface Duo line of dual-screen phones after just two generations.
Windows Center sources there is no Surface Duo 3 being said as Microsoft will use a foldable phone similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold line instead. The report says there will be a foldable internal display and an external display.
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According to sources, the decision was made after a year of experimentation with the hardware form factor. However, Microsoft’s commitment to the dual-screen form factor has been in question almost since the first device was launched.
The initial device was launched in 2019 but was not delivered to the UK until February 2021. Even then, the Android device had limited support. The second generation device arrived in October of that year, but the £1,349 price tag was high, although the internals were improved and 5G was added.
However, it has struggled to make a name for itself, Android’s implementation hasn’t been the best, and it’s probably no surprise that Microsoft has changed tack, now it looks like consumers have opted for foldable devices over the bookish dual-screen Surface Duo alternative. advertised.
The report says that Microsoft has gotten to the point of finalizing the Surface Duo 3 design and confirming new features ahead of the twist, but it’s certainly better late than never.
“I was told this new foldable came after the company had already completed the dual screen design for the Surface Duo 3. This original dual screen design was due in late 2023 as the next Surface Duo with narrower and more high edge-to-edge displays, wireless charging and other improvements.”
Whether or not Microsoft will have a foldable model ready for a 2023 release remains to be seen.
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