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Microsoft re-enters mobile phone space with foldable Android device Featured

The Surface Duo. The Surface Duo. Courtesy Microsoft

Microsoft has re-entered the mobile phone space, with a foldable device called the Surface Duo which runs Android.

Though there have been no recent leaks about the phone, Microsoft announced last October that it would launch an Android smartphone this year.

The company has used the Surface brand for its tablets and some laptops, but all have been Windows-based.

The Surface Duo will be sold only in the US initially for US$1399 (A$1953). The specs can be viewed here.

The two sides of the display can be used separately from each others or as a single screen. For example, when one is in a Microsoft Teams online meeting, one can see the list of participants on one side of the display and make a presentation on the other.

Panos Panay, chief product officer, Windows + Devices, said in a blog post: "Surface Duo brings together the power of Microsoft 365 experiences and the full ecosystem of Android mobile apps into one device, with two screens that you can take anywhere.

"We have worked to optimise apps including Office, Outlook, Teams, Edge, OneNote, OneDrive, Microsoft To Do and more for two screens, while continuing to extend Windows to add more value to people also using Android phones."

He said Surface Duo was available for pre-order from Wednesday through, AT&T and BestBuy. It will be available in store and online from 10 September. The device will work on the AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless networks.

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