Ask Windows Central: Will there be a Surface Duo 3?
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Welcome to the 10th episode of Ask Windows Central, a show where we answer our community's most asked questions around Microsoft, Windows, Surface, Xbox, and the general tech industry. In today's episode, we answer questions about Windows 11, Surface Duo, Your Phone, and more!
This week's episode features the following questions:
- Do you see Microsoft launching a non-Surface branded PC line?
- Will the original Surface Duo get Android 12L?
- Which do you see as more useful: Android apps support in Windows 11 or the new "Apps" feature with Your Phone?
- What are the chances of another OEM making a dual-screen Windows PC with a 10-inch screen size?
- What features could Microsoft implement in Windows 11 to entice users to upgrade?
- Will there be a Surface Duo 3?
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Die hard SD fans will justify and defend the separate screen over folding, no cover display
but only convince themselves and which there are too few. Microsoft could offer 2-3 skus of the Surface Duo/Trio line to satisfy different budgets and demands on top of the popular requested features. The elephant in the room is of course have Windows 11. Its very difficult to get Windows 11 running on the device and I believe them, but if there are multi-trillion dollar corporations that can do it, it is Microsoft.
As an actual Duo 2 owner I can tell you it is very satisfying closing the device after doing something. There is a finality to the task that you don't get from a normal slab phone without a cover.
What works for you doesn't necessarily work for others and vice-versa. I love the engineering of the Samsung z fold but I don't like it as a user. I don't like the crease, I don't like the aspect ratio and I don't like the thickness. I love the dual screens of the Duo, just like I love the dual screen set up I have for my work computer. For me, multi-screen is better.
One final point, I have far less missed swipes and actions on my Duo 2 than I have on my (new) work iPhone so your argument about better user experiences elsewhere doesn't hold for me.
And yes, I do own a Duo, I will skip the Duo 2 and wait to see what the 3 will deliver... if it will happen of course.
Nope. As much as you want a cheap phone, it ain't happening.
The biggest chance is on the business side and I believe this is where it's heading.
Consumers don't care about productivity. Those who do will see the value in the Duo line.
I bought the Duo because I thought it was cool.
I had the Fold for 3 months or so.
I sold the Fold and will never look back.
I'll also never go back to a slab.
Once you use the Duo for a while, it does become a productivity beast.
That's just how it is, at least for me.
I wouldn't take a Fold over the Duo if you paid me.
My SD1 is still going strong and has been my daily driver for over a year now. I'm looking forward to what the 3rd generation will bring.
As a business user, there's just no better phone than the Duo and i believe the "prosumer" segment is Agee this device will eventually make the biggest impact.
I meet with business people all the time and have yet to come across anyone who wasn't impressed with the Duo. The only reason I didn't recommend is that the SW in Gen1 just wasn't stable enough for the average user. With 12L, I expect this to be fixed and this I when it expect it to find broader acceptance in the business segment.
Also, I work in Office 365, so something opfimized for that was a natural choice.
Otoh the Android apps on W11 might be handy for games or other 'heavier' apps. Your Phone also could use some further tweaking, like app windows are now very tall (probably because of the phone's tall screen aspect ratio).
I also wish MS will add the option to transfer multiple pictures at once instead of dragging them one by one.
The drag to the right calendar widget is pathetically useless in comparison.
I now have to resort to Outlook to see all my appointments.