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Microsoft back in smartphone business with dual-screen device

Washington, August 12

Microsoft is again to promoting smartphones for the primary time because it deserted its cellular enterprise greater than 4 years in the past.

The corporate started taking orders Wednesday for the Floor Duo, a brand new dual-screen Android machine that prices USD 1,399 and begins delivery in September.

The high-priced gadget is designed to impress, however can be arriving throughout the worst financial downturn because the Nice Despair, with unemployment in double digits and budget-wary shoppers spending extra time at residence to keep away from the coronavirus pandemic.

Microsoft is pitching the Duo as a extra useful gizmo than a traditional smartphone, because it allows customers to multitask with two separate apps or net pages at a time. CEO Satya Nadella, as an example, makes use of one display to take notes and the opposite to learn a ebook on Amazon’s Kindle app.

The Duo has two 5.6-inch shows and, when opened like a ebook, is a slim 4.eight millimeters thick, making it what the corporate says is the thinnest machine available on the market.

Microsoft engineers say that as a substitute of adopting a single folding display, as Samsung does, they selected to attach two shows on a hinge as a result of it permits for sturdier glass.

“It’s skinny, it’s modern, it’s in all probability one of many sexiest units we’ve constructed,” mentioned Panos Panay, Microsoft’s chief product officer, throughout an internet briefing Tuesday.

Including a cellular machine to its Floor line of computer systems is a reversal for Microsoft after its short-lived possession of smartphone-maker Nokia and its difficulties in transitioning its Home windows working system to the cellular period.

Apple and Google’s Android way back cornered the market on cellphone working methods, however Microsoft’s uncommon partnership with Google means Duo comes with a collection of Android apps.

It stays to be seen what number of shoppers can be prepared to pay for Microsoft’s dear improvements in a recession and pandemic. Samsung this summer time additionally unveiled top-of-the-line new Galaxy telephones that can value roughly USD 1,000 to USD 1,300.

However Apple is having fun with success with a far cheaper iPhone within the $400 vary that it launched in April. Google can be rolling out an affordable Pixel cellphone at almost $350 that has lots of the identical options as its dearer mannequin. — AP

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