Chime in: Does Microsoft's rumored Andromeda device NEED telephony and a high-end camera?

Microsoft's rumored Andromeda device is all the talk in 2018. It's supposedly Microsoft's upcoming mobile handset that features a foldable design with two screens, and runs Windows 10. It's also supposed to have telephony capabilities, meaning you'll be able to make calls and send texts with it, even though it's not a smartphone. But, does Andromeda need that kind of functionality to be successful?

The answer is yes. The whole point of Andromeda is for it to be a hybrid that creates a new category of product that is truly mobile. You should be able to take this device out with you, and no have to bring any other device. It's your smartphone, tablet, and PC all in one.

We (WC) should conduct two polls. 1. Is it necessary for Andromeda to have traditional native telephony in order for you to buy one? 2. Is it necessary for Andromeda to have a state of the art camera in order for you to buy one?


Now, the next important question is does it need to have an incredible camera? The answer is not really. While it would be nice, I'll still be buying one even if it had no cameras at all. I know for a fact that it will have cameras, but I doubt they'll be rivalling that of the Google Pixel 2 or Apple iPhone X. It'll be a good enough camera, but it won't be mind-blowing.

Instead, I believe some of the capabilities of the camera will be where this device impresses. Things like 3D scanning, being able to use multiple cameras at once for group Skype calling, and more, may all be on the cards. Now, I know there are people out there who won't buy a device if it doesn't have the best camera, and that's unfortunate because Andromeda likely won't have the best camera out there. It'll be good, but not the best.

What are your thoughts? Let us know in the forums!

Zac Bowden
Senior Editor

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter and Threads