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Surface Duo still heading to global markets despite quality concerns

Surface Duo still heading to global markets despite quality concerns

Last year, Microsoft promised the future of mobile productivity with the Surface Duo and Surface Neo devices. This year, it delivered on one of those, though some will probably describe it more as having underdelivered. While the Android-based Surface Duo was great in concept, it launched with problems that not even software updates could fix. Despite complaints, it seems that Microsoft is still pushing through with a global launch to bring the dual-screen device to markets outside the US.

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xCloud Xbox game streaming for Windows might support ARM PCs

xCloud Xbox game streaming for Windows might support ARM PCs

It's almost ironic that Microsoft's own game streaming platform, previously known as Project xCloud, still doesn't support its own Windows operating system. At the same time, it probably makes sense because if it can run well enough on a phone, it will probably run just as well on a more powerful computer. The time for Windows 10 support for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate's streaming feature might be nigh and, when it does, it might even support the small number of ARM-based Windows 10 PCs from day one.

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Surface Duo pops up at Verizon with no perks, discounts

Surface Duo pops up at Verizon with no perks, discounts

The Surface Duo story has pretty much turned into a tragedy instead of getting a fairy tale ending it should have deserved. That has mostly been due to concerns and complaints about the dual-screen phone's less than durable design and some poor pricing strategy. Despite those factors, Microsoft's first formal Android phone under its own brand is expanding its availability to Verizon's online shelves. Strangely, unlike any other Android phone, you'll have to pay the full price and not even Microsoft's discounted price.

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Surface Pro 8 prototype with 11th-gen Intel Core i7 sold on eBay

Surface Pro 8 prototype with 11th-gen Intel Core i7 sold on eBay

It's not unusual to find prototypes of older or existing devices being sold online but finding one for a soon to be released product is slightly rarer. That is what makes this particular listing of an alleged Surface Pro 8, a device due to debut next year, a bit intriguing, especially with the hardware it packs. Unfortunately, the listing also brings a bit of bad news if the design is also what the next Surface 2-in-1 will be sporting next year.

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Surface Duo gets a big price cut and early buyers are up in arms

Surface Duo gets a big price cut and early buyers are up in arms

Things seemed to be going well for the Surface Duo despite its somewhat older specs, that was until reviews and reports started coming in that put the dual-screen foldable's price into question. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft appears to have decided to slash the price by a considerable amount barely two months after the product launched. More than the early price cut, however, early believers in Microsoft's promise are now complaining about what seems to be a disorganized and inconsistent policy in how to handle returns and refunds.

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Surface Laptop Go Review – Microsoft’s compromise

Surface Laptop Go Review – Microsoft’s compromise

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go arrives at a time when it feels like everyone needs a computer of their own. The expectations we have of our computers - and the access we need to them - has changed immeasurably this year: a rise in home-schooling, remote-schooling, and working-from-home has in part turned the laptop market into a numbers game. A shared PC or Mac just isn't going to cut it any more, not when multiple members of the same household now each need hours of access.

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Surface Duo update rolls out to address software launch woes

Surface Duo update rolls out to address software launch woes

The dual-screen Android phone should have been Microsoft's 2020 crowning achievement but it is slowly starting to unravel and become a liability instead. Right from day one, reviewers have pointed out issues with the Surface Duo's dual-screen experience, at least form the software side of things. Fortunately, those might be easier to fix and the device's first update is now rolling out exactly for that purpose. Unfortunately, it might also be too late to salvage the first-gen device's sinking reputation.

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Surface Duo hinge reportedly starting to show its flaws

Surface Duo hinge reportedly starting to show its flaws

The Microsoft Surface Duo, its first Android phone under its own name, is arguably a beautiful device that unfortunately belied a half-cooked software experience. Its looks didn't come without a price, not just literally, and now that the reviewer honeymoon phase is over, the Surface Duo's physical warts are starting to, well, surface. Beyond being extremely difficult to repair, it seems that the dual-screen folding phone isn't that durable after all.

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Surface Neo might not even arrive next year

Surface Neo might not even arrive next year

Microsoft almost seemed to be on the verge of redefining its Surface brand yet again when it revealed the Surface Neo and the Surface Duo dual-screen devices last year. 2020, however, caught everyone unawares and plans had to change drastically. The Android-based Surface Duo launched a bit earlier than the initial late 2020 schedule but the Surface Neo was delayed instead. Now it appears the Windows 10X dual-screen computer could be delayed even further than most presumed, increasing the chances it could be scrapped entirely.

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Surface Pro X upgrade: Microsoft SQ 2 chip and longer battery life

Surface Pro X upgrade: Microsoft SQ 2 chip and longer battery life

The Surface Pro X is getting an upgrade, with Microsoft's ultra-portable 2-in-1 promising more power, more battery life, and more color options. Joining the existing Microsoft SQ 1 chipset built in collaboration with Qualcomm comes a new, SQ 2 version, bringing more grunt to the top-end Surface Pro X configurations.

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Surface Laptop Go gives Chromebooks some $550 competition

Surface Laptop Go gives Chromebooks some $550 competition

Microsoft's computing family is growing, with a new affordable notebook, the Surface Laptop Go, joining the range of Windows machines. Borrowing features from its Surface Laptop sibling, and a focus on affordability from the Surface Go s 2-in-1, the Surface Laptop Go kicks off at $549.

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Surface Duo teardown magnifies flaws and strengths

Surface Duo teardown magnifies flaws and strengths

The Microsoft Surface Duo is probably one of the prettiest phones we've seen this year but it may have also become one of the most disappointing. Beyond the 2019 specs in a 2020 device, the software experience has also been less than gratifying thanks to the accumulation of small but annoying bugs. The teardown and repair narrative is even worse as iFixit showed and now JerryRigEverything's Zack Nelson makes that journey with an even more tragic ending.

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