With the announcement of its Surfaces Duo and Neo, Microsoft seems to have taken a risk in view of the fragility shown so far by folding screens. There is nothing, however, as the strategy of the American giant seems to demonstrate
Although I love advanced technology, there are times when I think playing safety will always be a good idea in itself. To take a closer look, this is what Microsoft did with its Surface Neo and Duo devices , announced in early October. It may seem disappointing, for all fans who follow the Mountain View firm, that it has opted for a compromise between two separate screens and a hinge for the Neo and Duo.
Especially since in the coming year, more and more devices will probably be launched with folding OLED screens and that the American giant will not be alone in this niche where there should soon be fierce competition .
At the moment, folding technology still seems fragile and ill-adapted to mass distribution. Even the updated Samsung Galaxy Fold does not seem to survive heavy use and the instruction manual is full of warnings about handling the device with care. Since Microsoft will target businesses and businesses, these devices will not be used smoothly.
Solidity, a guarantee of success for Microsoft
Instead, they will be used and abused (not to mention being bitten, dropped and beaten) by people who have not paid for these devices and just want to use them to do their jobs.
In these situations, a solid display – or as is the case here, two displays – makes a lot more sense. Not only are solid glass screens more robust than folding OLED screens, but users have a better idea of how to maintain and nurture them. It is also less likely to be wrong, as folding screens appear to rely on complex hinge mechanisms that appear likely to be damaged.
Will OLED folding technology not evolve by then? Although it’s true that the Neo and the Duo will not be on the market before the 2020 holiday season, and that a lot could happen by the end of 2020, it’s hard to believe that Foldable OLED screens will be ready for mainstream use by then. Microsoft did the right thing by opting for two screens. This is the best answer to the problem of creating a folding device.