Microsoft Is Great at Surprise Parties

Even Varys’s little birds didn’t get a whiff of this one. At a media event in NYC , Microsoft (-1.77%) shocked the crowd by unveiling a foldable, Android-powered Surface Duo smartphone.

What the Surface Duo actually is: A two-display device with side-by-side 5.6-inch screens that’s small enough to fit in your pocket when folded. It can run two different apps simultaneously and the displays can rotate 360 degrees.

  • That’s a different design than Samsung’s foldable phone, the $2,000 Galaxy Fold, which features an individual foldable screen. Making those screens has proven a huge headache and led to delays. 

It’s a big moment for Microsoft. The company is returning to smartphones after its Windows Phone platform was axed in 2017 on account of no one buying it. This time, Microsoft tapped Google’s Android, the world’s most popular operating system, to handle the mobile software.

FYI: No pricing details yet, but the Duo will be available in time for the 2020 holidays.

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