Ditching a dual-screen Surface Duo 3 for a foldable is a smart move for Microsoft


Microsoft may be done with the Surface Duo lineup as we now know it. The company has been the only major OEM to commit to the dual-screen form factor, but the latest rumor indicates that the company is looking to switch things up with its next Surface Duo model.

According to Windows Central, Microsoft is abandoning the dual-screen form factor, instead opting for a device with a foldable display. According to their source, the company aims to build a phone that mimics some of the best foldable phones on the market, with an internal folding display and an external cover screen. Apparently, this new foldable phone will replace the dual-screen Surface Duo 3 that was reportedly set to launch at the end of 2023.

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Of course, this news may disappoint Surface Duo fans who prefer having two separate displays over one singular folding panel. After all, the former is arguably a more durable setup than the still fragile folding displays found in devices like the Galaxy Z Fold 4. And while I never used the device long-term, I appreciated Microsoft’s efforts to continue carving out a space for the form factor that was seemingly underappreciated.