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The foldable Microsoft phone exists! Say hello to the Microsoft Surface Duo

Well, we thought we knew what would be showing up at Microsoft’s Surface event, but we weren’t expecting a surprise phone announcement. But that’s exactly what we got — a foldable Microsoft phone, the Surface Duo, powered by Android and developed in partnership with Google.

Unlike other foldable phones, the Surface Duo makes no attempt to hide the split where its two screens meet. Instead, the hinge is celebrated, and this embrace of the naked hinge allows the phone to fold back entirely. It can fold completely closed, be opened like a book, or folded back so only a single screen is in use, It’s a design unlike any other folding phone on the market right now, and it’s clear Microsoft isn’t intending this to compete with other folding phones like the Galaxy Fold or the Huawei Mate X.

Apps can be opened on either side of the phone, and Microsoft showed off a variety of apps running side-by-side, with information being able to be dragged between the two screens despite the split. Most excitingly, the Surface Duo realizes the foldable phone dream a lot of us have been waiting for all these years — turn the phone horizontal and the bottom screen morphs into a keyboard, mimicking a laptop experience on your phone. Launch a game and the bottom screen becomes a game controller. Or just keep it vertical and read a book using both screens.

It’s an incredible new product, and one we can’t wait to try. Keep your eyes on this page as we’ll be adding more as it comes in.

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