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Microsoft to Release Dual-Screen Android Phone: Report

Microsoft may launch Surface Duo sooner than expected

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Microsoft is hoping to launch Surface Duo much earlier than originally announced. Pixabay

Microsoft in October last year showcased a foldable smartphone Surface Duo and now a new report claims that the tech giant may release the dual-screen Android phone months earlier than anticipated.

According to sources familiar with the matter, Microsoft is hoping to launch Surface Duo much earlier than originally announced because the hardware along with software are pretty much done and the company is basically focusing on putting the finishing touches on its Duo-specific features, Windowscentral reported recently.

Recently, an image of the same device revealed a new front-facing flash that was not there on the original prototype that was shown earlier.

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Microsoft may release the dual-screen Android phone months earlier than anticipated. Pixabay

This likely confirms that Surface Duo will not have a rear facing camera sensor, and that the single front-facing camera will be all that the Duo sports.

Earlier, the company’s India-born CEO Satya Nadella was spotted using the device at a public place.

Surface Duo features two displays held together with a fully rotating hinge that can be adjusted to any angle and recently patent for this particular hinge mechanism has been published by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).

The patent titled “ADJUSTABLE CLOSURE MAGNET FOR HINGED DEVICE WITH ASSISTED OPEN” and the patent includes a diagram of a single link in the hinge mechanism.

The patent talks about the closing mechanism for dual-screen Surface Duo — that is more like the newly-launched Samsung Galaxy Fold, would run on Google’s Android.

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The Surface Duo will have two 5.6-inch displays that expand to an 8.3-inch screen.

It will be able to run apps from the Google Play Store. (IANS)

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Apple Plans To Buy LCD Assets Worth $200 Million From Japan Display

The sale to both Apple and Sharp was reportedly delayed in the wake of new coronavirus pandemic

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According to a Nikkei Asian Review report, Japan Display (JDI) has been in negotiations with "Apple and Sharp to sell its Hakusan liquid crystal display plant" owing to "poor sales of iPhone panels". Pixabay

Apple is reportedly buying $200 million worth of assets like LCD equipment from troubled panel maker Japan Display, the media reported on Wednesday.

According to a Nikkei Asian Review report, Japan Display (JDI) has been in negotiations with “Apple and Sharp to sell its Hakusan liquid crystal display plant” owing to “poor sales of iPhone panels”.

The sale to both Apple and Sharp was reportedly delayed in the wake of new coronavirus pandemic.

“JDI decided to sell LCD production equipment to Apple first and real estate to Sharp later,” the report mentioned.

By offloading Hakusan, JDI would concentrate smartphone LCD panel production at the Mobara plant in Chiba Prefecture.

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Apple is reportedly buying $200 million worth of assets like LCD equipment from troubled panel maker Japan Display, the media reported on Wednesday. Pixabay

JDI started its operation on April 1, 2012. As of March 2014, JDI was one of the major suppliers of displays for Apple’s iPhone.
It was also a major display supplier of Nintendo Switch along with Sharp Corporation until 2017.

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A newly-created entity INCJ, Ltd. had become the major shareholder of Japan Display with 25,29 per cent of total shareholdings since September 21, 2018 as a result of a corporate split of the old the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ). (IANS)