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Overpriced, underpowered, and over here: Microsoft to bring the Surface Duo to British shores in early 2021

hoola Silver badge

That sort of functionality might actually be useful and more durable that one of these daft folded screens. The only way I can see it working in this format is for the hinge to allow the halves to completely fold through 360 degrees like many of the 2-in-1 laptops. You could go a bit further and allow the screen to be on one half and a soft keyboard on the other. That is reminiscent of the old Nokia communicator.

At least with Android there are some Apps available.

I once did a proof of concept with a small sliding screen hand held from OQO that ran full XP. In the end it was connectivity that killed the use-case. We just could not get a reliable mobile connection using Edge, GPRS or whatever the very mobile earliest data protocol was.

http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/46452/OQO-Model-01/

At the time it was a pretty funky piece of hardware.

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