The not yet released foldable “tablet phone” from Microsoft is public.
The rotating hybrid device, consisting of two screens that run on a central pivot point, was filmed by a YouTuber in public transport.
The unknown Surface Duo user can be seen from playing games and reading emails on the device, which Microsoft unveiled in October but has not yet released.
Once folded, a shiny silver case with the embossed Microsoft logo is clearly visible.
The Surface Duo can be split into two separate screens for multitasking and folded into a pocket-sized device
The video was posted on YouTube by a user named Israel Rodriguez and was filmed on SkyTrain of Vancouver, according to The edge.
It is not known who owns the Surface Duo or how they got hold of the device, but the video gives a good idea of how it works.
Microsoft calls its Surface Duo “the perfect balance between productivity and mobility.”
Surface Duo users can choose to view web pages or documents on one large screen, separated by a central hinge
“With two screens connected by a revolutionary 360-degree hinge, Surface Duo combines the best of Microsoft and Android to represent productivity on the move,” the company says on its website.
Instead of a foldable screen such as Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, Surface Duo consists of two 5.6-inch screens that rotate around a central hinge.
The two screens offer two separate screens or can form a complete 9-inch screen like any tablet – albeit with an opening in the middle due to the hinge.
The idea is that users can enjoy a screen the size of a tablet while they can put the device in their pocket.
Users can also lie flat on one screen and use a Bluetooth keyboard to resemble a conventional laptop.
The unknown user plays games on the device on one of the 5.6-inch screens of the Surface Duo
The Microsoft logo is visible on the device as soon as it is folded. The Surface Duo is yet to be released, making this video a rare sight of the device in the wild
Microsoft claims that the Surface Duo is not a telephone, despite the fact that it is making calls, but a new tablet.
“Make no mistake, this is a Surface device,” said Panos Panay’s main product officer at the Surface Duo launch event in October.
“We know scientifically that you’ll be more productive on two screens,” he said.
“But it must be elegant. It must fit in your pocket. “
The time that the company released smartphones is over and the company advises users of the now-defunct Windows 10 Mobile operating system to switch to Android or iOS devices due to the lack of app support.
Photo taken on October 2, 2019 in New York shows the foldable smartphone Surface Duo from Microsoft Corp.
This new Surface Duo runs on Android and is scheduled for release around Christmas 2020.
Microsoft also unveiled the Surface Neo in October, which is similar to the Surface Duo but has a larger screen.
The Surface Neo has two 9-inch screens that unfold into a substantial 13-inch screen.
It is equipped with a pen that is magnetically attached to the back and charged and a magnetically mounted keyboard that can be folded on one screen, creating a laptop-like device, just like the Surface Duo.
The Surface Neo has two screens connected with a 360-degree hinge for seamless opening and closing of the device. And the notebook might have two separate screens, but Microsoft designed it to let users distribute a single screen for a larger view
Like the Surface Duo, Surface Neo folds down a central hinge, which can be seen as an eyesore when the device is fully unfolded.
Microsoft hopes that the lack of a new bendy screen will not stop the Surface Duo and Surface Neo from being released in what will become a busy market for folding devices.
On Tuesday, Samsung will unveil a smartphone with a screen that can be folded like the “clamshell” phones of the 1990s and 2000s.
The Galaxy Z Flip, which is claimed to have made a 6.7-inch foldable display of “ultra-thin” glass, was unveiled in an advertisement during the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, but will be officially revealed by the company tonight.
The new phone comes in black and purple and can stand open on a flat surface, so users can get a good angle and make hands-free video calls
The Galaxy Z Flip joins Samsung’s £ 1,800 Galaxy Fold smartphone, which was released last year, as well as Motorola’s Razr and Huawei’s Mate X.
Dell unveiled a concept for a device with a screen that folds last month, while tech giant Apple still smoothes out the cracks in its plans to release foldable devices.
Apple may be working on a new foldable version of the iPhone, according to a patent filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office this week, but it is unlikely to be released this year.
WHY HAS MICROSOFT CANCELED HIS WINDOWS PHONES?
Microsoft started dismantling its telephone company in 2016, eliminating thousands of jobs and making the decision to drop the mobile-first, cloud-first mantra.
A major problem for the company was the lack of apps on the mobile platform.
Facebook left Windows Phones in April. Skype and WhatsApp had also withdrawn their services from phones that run on Windows.
The operating system fell towards the end of Microsoft’s third financial quarter in 2016 to 0.3 percent of the market share.
Critics have claimed that the apps available on Windows phones fade compared to their counterparts for iOS and Android.
In June 2019, it turned out that Microsoft advised Windows 10 Mobile users to switch to Android or iPhone.
The Surface Duo comes closest to a Microsoft phone that users can get at the end of 2020.