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Update, July 23 2023 (2:40AM ET): We’ve updated the Surface Duo rumor hub with new details of a Microsoft “phablet” that recently passed through the FCC. Check it out below.
Original article, May 18 2023 (8:53AM ET): Microsoft took everyone by surprise last October when it announced the Surface Duo: a dual-screen device that runs Android. While the Surface Duo certainly resembles a phone in its folded state and can achieve all smartphone-like tasks such as making call and sending text messages, Microsoft does not want to label it a “phone.”
It’s the Redmond-based software giant’s version of a foldable, only that it’s not a traditional foldable if you compare it to devices like the Galaxy Fold or even the Galaxy Z Flip. It indeed folds in the center, but does so using a hinge that holds its two very separate screens together (rather than having a foldable screen).
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It’s been a while since we heard something official from Microsoft about the Surface Duo, but of late, we’ve ourselves received some insider info about its release window. We’ve also recently come across some leaked specs for the Android hybrid, including information about its chipset, battery, and camera. In this rumor hub, we’ll detail all that we know about the Surface Duo until now. Take a look.
Specs and features
Microsoft has done a pretty decent job of keeping the specs of the Surface Duo under wraps. When it first showed off the device at its Surface event, it was running a Snapdragon 855 processor. Thanks to information sourced by Windows Central, we now hear that Microsoft will stick to the older generation Snapdragon flagship for the final Surface Duo release.
The outlet reports that the specs of the Surface Duo are pretty much cemented and that it’s in a “take-home” status at Microsoft internally. This means that company employees from outside the Surface division can request to test the device, so we presume its specs won’t change now.
An FCC listing spotted by Droid Life on July 22 describes a dual-screen Microsoft “phablet” that folds. While not referred to as the Duo by name, it’s likely that the device is the forthcoming foldable. According to the listing, the phone will feature support for major LTE bands in the US, NFC, Wi-Fi 5, and no 5G connectivity.
According to Window Central, the Surface Duo will ship with 6GB RAM and 64GB or 256GB storage. There’s no 128GB middle ground here and even if there is, the report fails to mention it.
The camera above the right display is said to be an 11MP sensor, for both front and rear facing photos. That’s likely because the displays can be rotated around for front and rear photos. The two 5.6-inch screens reportedly have AMOLED panels with a pixel density of 401 pixels per inch.
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Sadly, the battery size is reportedly capped at 3,460mAh which might not nearly be enough to support two displays and all the multitasking you’re expected to do on the device. Also, there won’t be any wireless charging as per Windows Central.
In terms of connectivity, the Surface Duo is said to feature a single USB-C port and a nanoSIM slot. It’ll also be compatible with a Surface Pen.
On the software front, the Surface Duo is expected to run Android 10 at launch, and later get an upgrade to Android 11. The device is also expected to get the redesigned Microsoft Launcher, which comes with new rotation modes, a new dock, and other UI tweaks.
Microsoft Surface Duo: Price and release date
There’s no word on how much the Surface Duo will cost, but we do know some things about its availability.
According to information obtained by Android Authority from a source with knowledge of Microsoft’s plans, the Surface Duo will launch some time in 2023. This should be good news since Microsoft has apparently delayed the launch of its other dual-screen device, the Surface Neo.
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Dual-screen experience is exemplary
Surprisingly good daytime shots
Very good battery life
Thick when folded back, surprisingly heavy when opened
Dual-screen design makes it awkward to shoot photos
Camera suffers in low light, portrait shots
Still buggyOur Verdict
Microsoft still believes in its dual-screen phone/tablet hybrid. Its vision is coming closer, but isn’t quite there. Hold out for the Surface Duo 3.Best Prices Today: Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Microsoft’s new Surface Duo 2 smartphone poses a problem.
I think it’s important to acknowledge that skepticism, and apply it with a fresh eye towards some key questions: Does the Surface Duo 2 succeed as part of the Windows ecosystem? How does it compare to other Android phones? Does it solve the issues that plagued the first Surface Duo? And can it work as both a traditional phone, as well as some new breed of productivity device? Customers certainly never saw the original Surface Duo as anything special, and it tanked. Microsoft saw dual screens and the way it integrated into the app ecosystem as the selling points. Customers expected a quality camera, NFC, 5G, and wireless recharging.
The Surface Duo 2 represents Microsoft’s attempt to reach a middle ground. Yes, it checks some of the boxes people asked for, but little more. The camera is just okay, there are still bugs, and the price tag is outrageous. But under certain conditions, it shines.
Camera bumps aren’t that unusual with modern smartphones, and Microsoft’s Surface Duo 2 joins the club.
Mark Hachman / IDGSurface Duo 2 configurations and pricing
The Surface Duo 2 costs an astounding $1,499.99, minimum, for the base model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Two other versions are available: a 256GB SSD model ($1,599.99) and the top-of-the-line Surface Duo 2 with 512GB of storage, for $1,799.99. If you buy into the Microsoft ecosystem, you’ll be saving most storage-chewing photos and videos to the OneDrive cloud anyway, which means that anything above the base model is superfluous.
Microsoft also sells a Surface Do 2 bumper ($39.99), which we didn’t test, which surrounds the Duo 2’s edge and provides some basic protection. It appears that most third-party cases are going the same route, with the Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Riveter case ($89.95) from Otterbox adopting the same approach. If you’d like to ink on the Surface Duo 2, you can buy the Surface Slim Pen 2 ($129.99) and the Surface Duo 2 Pen Cover (price not disclosed yet) which will grip and charge the Slim Pen 2. The real thumb in your eye is the $40 Surface Duo 2 charger. No, Microsoft does not ship a charger alongside the Surface Duo 2 (thanks, Apple) and you’ll pay extra for the plug. There is no wireless charging. A USB-C cable is thankfully included, though, and for free.
The Surface Duo 2 is a dual-SIM phone, but with one eSIM and one physical SIM slot.Surface Duo 2 basic features
Display: 5.8-inch AMOLED (1344×1892, 401 PPI, HDR, 90Hz, 800 nits max) (single screen); 8.3-inch AMOLED equivalent (2688×1892) (dual-screen equivalent); Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
Memory: 8GB LPDDR5 DRAM
Storage: 128/256/512GB (256GB as tested)
Camera, rear-facing: Wide: 12MPixel, f/1.7 aperture, 27 mm, 1.4µm, dual pixel phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) and optical image stabilization (OIS); Telephoto: 12MP, f/2.4 aperture, 51 mm, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2X optical zoom/10X digital zoom; Ultra-Wide: 16MP, f/2.2 aperture, 13 mm, 1.0µm, 110o diagonal field of view with distortion correction
Camera, user-facing: 12MP, f/2.0, 24 mm,1.0µm
Network: WiFi 6 (802.ax), Bluetooth 5.1
Wireless: 5G (mmWave, sub-6); LTE Bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48, 66, 71
Battery: 4449mAh (rated)
Dimensions: 5.72 x 7.26 x 0.21in. (5.5mm) (open); 5.72 x 3.63 x 0.43 in. (11.0mm) (closed)
Weight: 284g / 0.63lb
Operating system: Android 11
Optional accessories: Surface Duo 2 Bumper ($39.99); Surface Duo 23W USB-C Charger ($39.99); Surface Slim Pen 2 ($129.99); Surface Duo 2 Pen Cover
The Surface Duo 2’s book-like pair of screens is the phone’s selling point, and it’s the obvious place to begin. Unlike, say, Samsung’s Galaxy Fold devices, there’s a distinct gap between the two displays — these are two separate screens, which can fold closed like a book or else fold back along itself. With the original Duo, this was the only way to take a photo, as there was just a single camera. With the Surface Duo 2, Microsoft invested in a rear-facing three camera array. Unfortunately, that creates a fairly thick camera bump that prevents the Duo 2 from flattening out when folded back on itself. It doesn’t seem to have any negative effect on either the camera or phone, however.
Microsoft loves to tout the engineering behind its Surface hinges, and yes, the Surface Duo 2 lives up to its reputation. The Duo 2 can sit, cocked at a 90 degree angle, so that one screen can display an email app (Outlook appends a “Sent on Surface Duo” signature by default) and the other can project Microsoft’s SwiftKey keyboard. (SwiftKey seems to be the only keyboard option instead of Gboard.) This is a fantastic orientation for content consumption, as I found while streaming the MLB playoffs while cooking dinner. The 5.8-inch AMOLED screen is also excellent for playing streamed cloud games from Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass.
This landscape orientation is quite useful for streaming video and games, but a persistent gyroscope glitch means that the screens often get stuck in a portrait orientation in multiple scenarios. It also can be a bit top-heavy, too, with the camera bump.
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Quite a bit of the Surface Duo 2’s utility boils down to one contradiction: The Surface Duo 2 is most effective when used with two screens. Ergonomically, however, it’s most comfortable when only using one. It simply isn’t that comfortable to hold the Duo 2 in the “book” orientation for a prolonged period, while navigating and interacting with content. Part of that is due to the edge. While the Surface Duo 2 isn’t that thin, there’s a sort of “palmability” aspect to it where the Duo 2 leans into your hands like the Surface Pro 8’s kickstand digs into your thighs. (The bumper may solve this.) You’ll notice the size and weight almost immediately. The camera bump tends to overbalance it in some scenarios, too. This is a relatively massive phone.
Physically, I suspect most people prefer to use a phone either one-handed (nearly impossible across both screens) or two-handed, with one hand holding the phone and the other swiping and touching. You can certainly fold the phone back along itself, though you’ll only be able to use the right-hand screen, as the left shuts off.
Of course, that also means that the only way to take a photo is with the Surface Duo 2 unfolded, making you look like one of those weirdos who take photos with their iPad. Yes, you can kind of cheat by holding the phone in landscape mode, so that it looks (well, sort of) that you’re taking a photo with an ordinary phone. There’s really no cool way to take a portrait photo with the Surface Duo 2.
While it’s awkward to shoot photos with the Surface Duo 2, the ability to review your recent shots is undoubtedly useful.
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The 90Hz displays on the Surface Duo 2 feel like a nice compromise between battery-sucking high-refresh-rate displays and slower, laggier screens. Scrolling was generally smooth and lag-free.Is the Surface Duo 2 a successful productivity phone? Largely, yes
Those are the negatives. If the Surface Duo 2 does one thing right, it’s that working on dual screens — with certain apps, under certain conditions — is revelatory. The Duo 2 allows you to drag one app over another, “grouping” them. When the group is launched — say, an email app alongside your calendar — the arrangement makes perfect sense. Chatting with a friend on one screen while a playoff game streams on another? Fantastic…until you get carried away and rotate the phone into landscape mode. Then the Surface Duo 2 will put your chat app on the top screen and the keyboard on the other, hiding your stream until you compete your message.
Microsoft probably expects reviewers to gush a bit here about how well it all works. Let’s put it this way: If you can grok why a second monitor adds to your productivity, you intrinsically understand the Surface Duo 2’s core appeal. The Duo 2 is less effective when an app spans both screens: held like a book, the small gap between the displays is still a bit distracting. One app that Microsoft specifically included as a dual-screen demo — Asphalt 9: Legends — was supposed to span both screens, Nintendo DS-style, with controls on the lower screen and the main action taking place on the top screen while in landscape mode. Try as I might, I couldn’t get the app to span both screens. Otherwise, there was nothing that forced me to use spanned apps, so I didn’t.
The keyboard seems a little awkwardly crammed near the top for my tastes, and I prefer to still use my thumbs to type. Still, this is a PC-like phone.
Mark Hachman / IDG
I’m torn on the new Glance Bar, an edge-mounted notification bar vaguely like the 2014 Galaxy Note Edge. When closed, a sliver of the curved glass peeks out. Tap the power button (or just wait for a call) and a little icon will light up, showing you have a missed call. There’s really no discreet way to see who called or left a message, though, so you’ll still be forced to open your Duo 2 regardless.
The Surface Duo 2 glance bar offers minimal information.
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Inking is surprisingly good. While the only ink-centric preloaded app on the Surface Duo 2 is OneNote, pairing with a Surface Slim Pen 2 was simple, palm rejection just worked without the need for any setup, and the ink jitter was minimal.
There’s also one other thing I really like about the Surface Duo 2: its surprisingly amazing fingerprint reader. The reader is built right into the tiny sliver that is the power button, and it consistently recognized me right away. Opening the Duo 2, brushing my finger across the power button and unlocking the phone/hiding notifications felt unexpectedly powerful for someone used to the “will it or won’t it” fingerprint reader on a Galaxy S20+.
Deadlines meant that I didn’t have too much time to play games on the Surface Duo 2, but the big screens certainly appeal to game players to that regard. Unfortunately, Microsoft claimed that games like Asphalt 9: Legends could be spanned across both screens; I simply couldn’t get that function to work, and Microsoft couldn’t offer any help.
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There’s just one thing I’d like to see, and that’s for something to happen when I plugged the Surface Duo 2 into a Thunderbolt dock. For a company that tried and failed with Windows Phone’s Continuum five years ago, that’s a little disappointing. It leaves Samsung’s Dex as arguably the king of “your phone as your PC” implementations.Is the Surface Duo 2 the next Windows phone?
No, not really. Besides the multitude of preloaded Microsoft-authored Android apps — from Bing to OneNote to Outlook to To-Do to “Start” news, all of which can be downloaded on other Android phones — there’s little that explicitly screams “Windows.” Some apps (like the Surface app and Surface Audio, which connects to the Surface Headphones) are specific to the Surface Duo 2, however.
Supposedly Your Phone Companion works with the Surface Duo 2, but apparently not. What it should be showing here is the Duo 2’s screen, allowing remote access from a PC.
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Honestly, you’d expect more from Microsoft in this regard.Does the Surface Duo 2 solve the problems of the first Surface Duo?
One of the problems reviewers and customers had with the first-generation Surface Duo was with the numerous bugs that cropped up. And yes, they’re still here. I experienced more than a few instances where the phone refused to switch from portrait to landscape mode. A camera app shot an image upside down because it refused to reorient itself. The SwiftKey keyboard lagged, and didn’t fill the screen in landscape mode. (The latter was probably a design choice.) The Surface Duo 2 kept popping up a message that I could switch an app from one screen to another by double-tapping, and then didn’t switch when I double-tapped. In the ESPN app, the app’s navigation buttons (“Scores,” “Watch,”, etc.) overlapped with the Duo 2’s navigation buttons, preventing me from interacting with the app’s navigation. (Locking and unlocking the Duo 2 solved that issue.) We mentioned the Your Phone Companion bug above.
To be fair, some of the phone’s problems can be fixed by simply understanding it better. The Surface Duo 2 runs Android 11, and I found gesture navigation — swiping up in various places to access either the app drawer or the running apps — to be astonishingly difficult. Switching the phone to use Android’s “soft buttons” at the bottom of the screen made a world of difference. You know how Android 11’s button navigation includes a “switch apps” button? Each screen has its own list of apps to switch between, which feels a bit odd.
A surprisingly useful tip is that swiping toward the center of the screen from the left or right edge is the equivalent of the “back” button, and allows you to navigate without readjusting your hands. It’s also fair to say that the dual screen can be also be understood as a “modality,” or simply another way to interact with data. It’s perfectly okay to use the Surface Duo 2 folded backwards on itself, then open it when necessary.
Yes, the Surface Duo now includes NFC, which worked with the Google GPay app. Weirdly, the Surface Duo seems to “lean” toward the right-hand screen, which houses the camera and tends to open apps by default. When using NFC, though, you tap the left-hand screen to the reader.How does the Surface Pro Duo 2 compare?
The lack of a decent camera probably sounded the death knell for the original Surface Duo. Without a decent camera, consumers simply won’t bother buying a new phone. With the first Surface Duo, there was just one camera, and the device had to be oriented appropriately to take selfies as well as normal photos. With the Duo 2, there’s finally a proper rear-facing camera.
Is it up to snuff? Yes and no. In daylight, the Surface Duo 2 surprised me with the quality of its pictures. Color balance tended towards cool (or blue), but the main camera and the wide-angle lens delivered results that satisfied me. Selfies looked fine, too. Portrait mode seemed really iffy, though, with the camera struggling to lock on to the subject with the camera oriented vertically. A 2X optical-zoom telephoto also doesn’t quite measure up to the 3X optical zoom on an iPhone 13 Pro (which also costs $500 less than the Surface Duo 2, by the way).
At night, though, the Surface Duo 2 falls way behind the competition — by years, probably. Microsoft told us that they had largely designed the image sensor itself, tapping its Finnish engineering corps that had helped design the Lumia line. It doesn’t really measure up.
In the photos below, you’ll see that the Surface Duo 2 takes perfectly fine photos outside, in broad daylight, as nearly all cameras do. It’s when you start asking more of it — in portrait mode and in low-light situations — where it simply falls short. In most cases, we shot the same scene as closely as we could with a Samsung Galaxy S20+, Samsung’s 2023 flagship (either $1,200 or $1,350, depending on the storage options) for the people who couldn’t afford a $1,400 S20 Ultra.
A daylight photo from the Samsung Galaxy S20+ (left) and the Surface Duo 2 (right) with no zoom. The Duo 2 tends to run a little cooler (bluer) in terms of its images.
The Samsung Galaxy S20+ (left) compared to the Surface Duo 2 (right), cropped in at 259 percent zoom. The Duo 2 looks a little grainier, but otherwise both images look quite good.
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The Samsung Galaxy S20+ (left) compared to the Surface Duo 2 (right). Image edited to obscure the car’s license plate.
Using the image above as a reference, this is the Samsung Galaxy S20+ and its 30X “space” (digital) zoom (left) compared to the Surface Duo 2 (right) and its own 10X digital zoom. The Surface Duo 2’s zoom is a mishmash at extremes, losing a ton of detail.
Closeup (not macro) photo from the Samsung Galaxy S20+ (left) and the Surface Duo 2 (right). The Surface Duo 2’s photo is dimmer, but it’s sharper.
Portrait mode on the Samsung Galaxy S20+ (left) and on the Microsoft Surface Duo 2 (right). Infuriatingly, the Surface Duo 2 decides to invoke portrait mode about a third partway up the image. There are some weird, jaggy artifacts near the top of the pelican’s beak, too. Interestingly, these problems largely went away if portrait mode was used with the phone held horizontally in its landscape orientation.
Night mode on the Samsung Galaxy S20+ (left) and on the Microsoft Surface Duo 2 (right). The Galaxy clearly lets in more light, while the Surface Duo 2 blows out its light sources to try and compensate.
Night mode with flash on the Samsung Galaxy S20+ (left) and on the Microsoft Surface Duo 2 (right). What you don’t see here is that the Surface Duo 2 requires several seconds to take the photo, too.Performance is superb
With a phone that’s probably being used for productivity, web surfing, and streaming video first and foremost, it’s hard to argue that performance benchmarks will matter. Inside the Surface Duo 2 is a Snapdragon 888 5G, a processor that’s used in the Samsung Galaxy S21 series, among others. Compared to the Samsung Galaxy S20+, my daily driver with a Snapdragon 865 processor inside, the Duo 2 still felt a bit laggier when navigating through the interface.
Battery life seems more than sufficient as well. I charged the Surface Duo 2 up the night before, let it idle all night, then used it for a day of photos and working out and about and in the office. It had about 20 percent left at the end of the day. Using the PCMark battery rundown test that constantly asks a phone to perform various tasks with the screen on, it lasted 9 hours 59 minutes before giving up the ghost. That’s very good. Quick charging, is only officially supported via the Surface Charger, sold separately.Conclusion: Cynicism is still justified
The old chestnut is that Microsoft is governed by the “rule of threes.” Like Windows 3.0, the third time’s the charm. We’d say the second time certainly isn’t, at least in the case of the Surface Duo 2.
Let’s face it: Some really, really big companies (Apple, Huawei, Samsung, Xiaomi) have spent very large amounts of money designing top-of-the-line cameras for their smartphones. Microsoft might hope that the Surface Duo 2’s camera is good enough, but it falls short in my book. In other areas — NFC and 5G — they’ve checked the boxes customers demanded.
Some of Microsoft’s old Lumia Windows Phones were good, and even great, but those were phones that few bought as Android and iOS took hold. The Surface Duo 2 accomplishes what Microsoft set out to achieve: Develop a productive dual-screen phablet-y device that absolutely works unlike anything else under certain scenarios. But it’s somewhat awkward, nerdy, and hugely expensive. And the bugs, still! I just can’t see Microsoft convincing smartphone buyers the way it can convince someone buying, say, a Surface Laptop Studio. On balance, the Surface Duo 2 still falls short.
Updated at 9:51 AM to clarify some details on how the Surface Duo 2 spans apps. Updated on Oct. 22 to note additional details about Your Phone and the “Phone Screen” feature.
Update, July 14, 2023 (5:20 AM ET): We’ve updated this OnePlus Open rumor hub with a new leak regarding the device’s launch date and software.
Original article: OnePlus is finally entering the foldable phone space later this year. It’s been a long time coming, but the wait might make it all worth it. OnePlus has had plenty of time to learn from the mistakes and successes of its competitors. Its own mothership, OPPO, now has three foldable phones under its belt. Suffice it to say, OnePlus is in a prime position to make a great foldable phone. Leaks have the “OnePlus Fold” pegged as a premium device with all the flagship frills attached. Here’s everything we know so far.
Will there be a OnePlus foldable?
The marketing name of the foldable OnePlus phone might still be up in the air, but the device is in the pipeline for sure. In fact, it may be just around the corner (more on that in the next section). After years of rumors, OnePlus first teased the 2023 launch of the OnePlus foldable during the OnePlus 11 launch event. Then during MWC 2023 in February, OnePlus further confirmed launch details for the upcoming foldable phone. So yes, we will see the OnePlus Fold, or whatever the company decides to call it, this year. Speaking of a name.What will the OnePlus foldable be called?
Up until very recently, the OnePlus foldable was unofficially called the OnePlus Fold or the OnePlus V Fold. Presumably, media outlets settled on the Fold name due to its book-style form factor and the fact that many large foldables gain the Fold moniker.
This all changed on July 6, as frequent leaker Max Jambor claimed the device would be called the OnePlus Open. This name also appeared in an EUIPO filing earlier this year, alongside the Wing, Edge, Peak, and Prime. There’s still no official word on the name, so things could change. But this definitely feels like less of a placeholder than “OnePlus Fold.”
What features and specs will the OnePlus Open have?
The OnePlus Open isn’t a clamshell-style device. Meaning it won’t fold and unfold like a flip phone. OnePlus is sticking to the more traditional book-style foldable format, which should be plenty clear with all the leaked renders shown in this article.
Officially, the company hasn’t divulged much about the folding handset, but has promised a “signature OnePlus fast and smooth experience.” We hope that means a smooth folding action, n0 display creasing, and a crisp software experience. Thankfully, leaks have given us plenty to think about. Reputed tipster OnLeaks has shared everything from the renders to a complete spec sheet for the OnePlus Open.Design
All-black renders of the folding OnePlus phone show a relatively slim foldable with several interesting design choices. We see flat edges, a pleather back that should feel very good to hold if done right, and an alert slider on the left side — a rarity for a foldable phone.
A large circular camera cutout at the back of the device is reminiscent of the OnePlus 11 and hosts three cameras in all, complete with Hasselblad branding. There’s also a punch-hole cutout in the left corner of the foldable screen and one at the center of the cover display.
Specs and features
The OnePlus Open is shaping up to be a complete flagship. It is said to feature a 7.8-inch 2K AMOLED display on the inside, with a 6.3-inch AMOLED flanking the front. Both displays are expected to support a 120Hz refresh rate, though there could be differences in their minimum refresh rates if the LTPO tech differs.
Apple officially left the standalone display market in 2023, discontinuing its Thunderbolt Display and pointing users towards third-party options. The move, however, was met with disappointment from Pro users who rely on seamless integration between Apple’s various hardware products.
Subsequently, in 2023, Apple announced that it was doubling down on the Pro market with a new modular Mac Pro and a new Apple Display. That announcement was almost exactly two years ago, and now it seems we’re finally nearing the launch of Apple’s highly anticipated Pro display. Here’s what we know so far.Apple Display Size and Resolution
According to reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the Apple Display will feature a 31.6-inch display. That’s considerably larger than the 27-inch iMac – and should certainly please Pro users in many industries. Kuo says that the Apple Display will feature a 6K3K resolution.
At this point, it is unconfirmed whether the Apple Display will be 16:9 in nature or join in on the trend of ultra-wide displays. Our own Jeff Benjamin, however, has presented a very solid case for the latter.
Jeff argues that Apple’s display will feature a 6240×2880 native resolution. This is a “true” 5K footprint that has been expanded horizontally to turn the display into an ultra-wide panel. With the extra pixels, the display’s resolution is stretched into 6K, which matches exactly with Kuo’s claim that the display will be 6K3K.
Theoretically, Apple would also want its standalone Pro monitor to match the existing iMac and iMac Pro form factor and DPI. Some basic math explains how this would be possible. Essentially, the 27-inch 5K iMac uses a pixel-per-inch standard of 218. With a resolution of 6240×2880, an Apple display could hit that by being 31.59-inches – which rounds up to 31.6-inches, matching Kuo’s claims.
The end result is a 6K3K ultra-wide display with 6240×2880 resolution, measuring 31.6-inches diagonally, and with a display panel height (13.2-inches) and PPI (218) the same as the existing 5K panel in the iMac and iMac Pro. The width of such a display would measure 28.7-inches, which is 3.1-inches wider than the iMac Pro, even when including its bezels.
Thus, while Kuo has not made mention of whether the Apple Display will be ultra-wide or 16:9, the math certainly seems to favor the former. With so many third-party displays going the ultra-wide direction, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Apple also follow that trend. Furthermore, if it can do so in a way that makes the Apple Display beautifully complement the existing iMac and iMac Pro, creative users everywhere are sure to be pleased.Mini-LED
Ming-Chi Kuo also says that Apple’s 6K display will feature mini-LED backlight technology. What this means is that the external display will only use mini-LED for the backlight, not for true end-to-end mini-LED screens. In late 2023 or early 2023, however, Apple is expected to launch new MacBook and iPad models with true mini-LED panels.
Kuo specifically says that the Apple monitor will use a “mini-LED like backlight unit” with larger LEDs. By using mini-LED backlighting, the Apple screen will have more power efficient backlighting that allows for more accurate blacks and improved contrast. Furthermore, mini-LED backlighting should allow for the panels to be thinner, resulting in a slimmer design overall.
The performance won’t match that of OLED, such as what is found in the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, but Apple is said to favor mini-LED backlighting because it is not susceptible to burn in. In day-to-day use, this is likely a wise choice. A computer monitor is far more likely than a phone to show the same thing – such as a static email inbox – all day. This would greatly increase the likelihood of burn-in.Apple Display Release and Price
The Apple Display is said to be released sometime in Q2 or Q3. This aligns well with Apple’s upcoming developer-focused WWDC, which kicks off on June 3rd. It does not seem presumptuous at all to think that Apple could announce both the 31.6-inch monitor and modular Mac Pro during its WWDC keynote.
Assuming the panel is announced at WWDC, that would be just over two years from when Apple announced its renewed focus on the Pro market.
As for price, it’s hard to know at this point what Apple might charge for this 31.6-inch 6K monitor. The Thunderbolt Display was sold for $999, but you should expect this new display to cost more than that, especially when you consider Apple has little competition in this area of the market.Wrap up
Apple doubled down on the Pro market almost exactly 2 years ago, and it seems we’re finally about to see the first results of those efforts. Pro users certainly have high hopes for the new Apple Display and modular Mac Pro, and it will be interesting to see the reactions.
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Everything we know so far about Saints Row 2023
All the existing leaks and official reveals ahead of its August release
The latest Saints Row title – a franchise reboot rather than another sequel – is due for release this August, a year after its reveal announcement at Gamescom 2023. Originally pegged for release in February 2023, Volition have had plenty of extra time to iron out the creases, and perfect the many features and mechanics. And additional time to reveal tidbits, trailers – and even be exposed to a few leaks.
Here, we’re going to keep you updated with everything we know about the upcoming Saints Row 2023 reboot, including both official reveals and insider information.
Santo Ileso — Saints Row in the American South West
The new Saints Row will take place in an unprecedented location for the franchise, America’s Wild (and Weird) South West. The fictional Santo Ileso is a desert city, reminiscent of the likes of Vegas and Phoenix, with sprawling, hot desert landscapes, cacti, red rock and glorious sunsets. According to Volition, Santo Ileso is the biggest Saints Row playground yet, and will give more room to wreak havoc than ever before.
And, as Santo Ileso’s official motto says, “Keep it Weird.”
Saints Row — Who are you?
You’ll play as “The Boss”, the ultra-customizable, gender-variable leader of a new underground criminal team. In other words, you’re a person getting their friends together to cause some trouble – and make bank while you’re at it. As we’ve already seen from April’s Ultimate Customization Showcase – and explore in more detail below – you’ll be able to intricately design every part of your playable character to your exact liking.
Ultimate Customization and #BeYourOwnBoss
Customization has never been so broad. Volition’s #BeYourOwnBoss branding perfectly sums up just how unique you’ll be able to make your character in Saints Row. Old, young, thick, thin, male, female or anything around, inbetween or combining these labels will only be the start of your custom-made Boss.
According to the Saints Row Ultimate Customization Trailer below, even muscle and (get this) vein definition will be available, just to prove how detailed things are gonna get. Change your hair color, your eyebrow color, or even have one half of your character reflect an entirely different personality than the other. There’s also a whole raneg of voices and accents to choose from. Edit your socks, underwear, or just stroll around plain naked – now it’s really sounding like a Saints Row game.
And the customization of course doesn’t stop with your character. You’ll be able to heavily mod all of your vehicles, you’ll be behind designing your squad’s HQ, and you’ll even be able to tell your Saints what to wear. You’ll pretty much be able to make Saints Row the exact game you want.
Saints Row Criminal Ventures
One of these businesses, for example, is Bright Future Disposal. The law enforcers of Santo Ileso will think you’re legitimately disposing of waste materials. Instead, you’ll be taking significant amounts of money from the city’s corporate monsters to illegally dispose of their radioactive waste.
And, to add to the already incredible amount of customization in Saints Row, you’ll be able to choose where and how you launch your new ventures from a selection of vacant sites.
Fast Travel in Saints Row
While vague methods of “fast travel” have been in previous Saints Row games – such as train travel, for example – the term “fast travel” has been confirmed by Jeremy Bernstein of Deep Silver Volition in a video on the Game Informer and Saints Row YouTube channels.
While it hasn’t been confirmed exactly what this means, gaming leaker Tom Henderson has said insider information has confirmed instant fast travel. Apparently, once you’ve snapped a pic of the location in question, you’ll unlock the ability to travel there whenever you want, from wherever you are.
If that’s not an interesting enough mode of travel, though, don’t worry. Alongside your lowriders and Choppers, you’ll be able to glide with a wingsuit, and even levitate on hoverboards or hoverbikes. Edit your vehicle almost as much as your body with add-ons, colors, ejector seats and even distinct engine sounds.
Your Saints Row Boss — leaks
Abilities and Flow
Henderson has been revealing even more information he’s come across over on Whatifgaming, and the following reveals have not been officially confirmed. The first of these is “Flow”, a points system allowing you to level up your character’s abilities.
With no superpowers in this Saints Row game, your Boss will instead rely on the more realistic Abilities. But don’t worry, according to Henderson’s insider information, these Abilities will still come with the usual Saints Row amount of wacky. For example, one of the potential Abilities is Surprise, the ability to “throw a grenade down an enemies pants and throw them into more enemies causing a large explosion.”
You can then use Flow Points to level up your favorite Abilities (of which we’re pretty sure Surprise will be one). Flow Points can be earned in combat, so the more you cause damage to or kill enemies, the more Flow Points you’ll earn, and the better your Abilities will become.
According to Henderon’s article, you’ll also be able to choose up to five specific perks, with one perk slot available from the get-go. Perks will allow your character even more weird and wonderful abilities as you do damage across Santo Ileso, from increased movement speed when crouching to calling in air strikes.
A final gameplay mechanic that has been revealed by Henderson is Execution, Saints Row’s health system. With Execution, you’ll be able to increase your own health by taking away others’. In other words, get kills, increase your health. And it’s not just your health, either, but your vehicle durability. Smash up your enemy’s motor, increase the resilience of your own.
Is Johnny Gat in the Saints Row reboot?
Finally, the main question everyone wants to know. Is Johnny Gat himself going to be making an appearance in Saints Row? Well, sadly, it has been very officially confirmed that he will not. In the aforementioned Game Informer YouTube video, Jeremy Bernstein of Deep Silver Volition very defiantly confirms that Johnny Gat will not make even a surprise appearance in Santo Ileso – now, or in the future.
That’s most of what we know about what to expect from Saints Row, the 2023 reboot. We’ll keep this page updated as more is revealed about the upcoming game. In the meantime, we’ll just keep counting down the days until we’re let loose on the Weird West’s Santo Ileso.
The change in season is coming with a change in COVID-19 vaccines. Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the use of another round of boosters, with the Pfizer-BioNTech shot green lit for people 12 years and older and the Moderna shot for people 18 and older. The shots can only be received after at least two months following the primary vaccination series.
Unlike previous doses, the new booster is a bivalent vaccine which includes an updated formula containing the mRNA of the original SARS-CoV-2 strain to broadly protect against COVID-19 infection, as well as the mRNA of the more recent Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants. As of September, the BA.5 variant is currently the dominant variant circulating in the United States, making up 88.6 percent of cases.
Infectious disease experts are bracing for another surge of cases in the fall and winter, but they are cautiously optimistic that the new COVID-19 boosters will provide immunity against severe disease and illness. These vaccinations will be available soon—here’s what you need to know before you get one.When can I get the new boosters?
By the end of the week. The White House COVID-19 Response Team said in a September 6 press briefing that they have already shipped millions of doses once they received the FDA’s authorization on August 31. They announced that by Friday, September 9, “over 90 percent of Americans will live within five miles of these new updated vaccines.”
You can visit chúng tôi to find sites carrying the new boosters. Appointments at pharmacies such as CVS and Walgreens will become available this weekend with a majority of slots opening up next week. You can also contact your primary care provider or local health clinic to see if they are taking vaccine appointments and which booster they are carrying.Should I go with the Moderna or the Pfizer-BioNTech booster?
Michael Chang, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at UTHealth Houston and Memorial Hermann Hospital, says there’s not much evidence to suggest one is better than the other. However, he says pre-clinical data showed little difference between the two and both were effective in preventing illness and hospitalization.
Sharon Nachman, chief of the division of pediatric infectious diseases at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, recommends trying for a mix-and-match strategy this time around. “If you’ve gotten Pfizer as your primary series, it’s a great idea to swap out and go for the Moderna booster and vice versa.” She says because the vaccines are formulated a little differently and there’s more research to suggest that mixing and matching gives you an extra boost of immunity, you’re likely to have a higher degree of protection.I already had a COVID booster. Do I need this one?
Yes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says you’re not up to date with your vaccines until you’ve finished your primary series and the most recently authorized booster. Even if you received a booster earlier this year, Chang says these new shots are better at targeting Omicron strains. “It will better cover the currently circulating variants and potentially provide broader immunity against future variants,” he explains. Since the newer boosters are more effective, they will replace the previous boosters, which will not be offered anymore to people over the age of 12, Chang adds.
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Chang says if you received your booster even three to four months ago, your antibody levels are probably falling. Both he and Nachman agree that getting the bivalent vaccine will raise the country’s collective immunity and provide as much protection as possible going forward. As the US transitions from pandemic to endemic mode, the priorities have shifted towards learning how to live with? and manage the virus.
“COVID is here to stay,” adds Nachman. “It’s going to be part of our lives and I suspect we’ll have annual dosing like the flu vaccine every year.”I just recovered from COVID. How long can I hold off on getting a booster?
Studies measuring antibody levels after each strain of infection shows a lot of variation with naturally acquired protection, Nachman explains. In some cases, she says antibodies lasted a couple of months while others saw levels dropping sooner than that. “Would I run and get the booster a day [after testing negative]? No,” she says. “Would I wait six months? Absolutely not.”When is the best time to get the bivalent booster?
If you recently recovered from infection and delay the dose for three to four months, Chang says you’ll likely have your highest antibody levels during the winter, a time when infectious disease experts expect to see a surge in cases after the holidays. “You will probably have peak antibodies within two weeks or so [after immunization].” Chang also recommends waiting three to four months for people who received a booster in the summer or in the last two weeks.
Nachman says that in an ideal world, people would wait until October or November to get the booster to prepare for a bad winter. But if you have underlying immune issues or are living with someone with multiple medical problems, she recommends getting the vaccine immediately. If you’re planning on traveling outside of the country, she says it’d be ideal to get your vaccine a month before to protect yourself against a potential outbreak in another country. “There’s no one right answer,” she cautions. When in doubt, Nachman highly recommends speaking with your doctor about the right timing for you to get the booster shot.
[Related: China approves world’s first nasal COVID-19 vaccine booster]Will the booster have any side effects?
Yes. Both experts say you should expect to see similar side effects as your previous vaccines such as low-grade fever, muscle soreness around the injection site, and fatigue. Though Chang is hopeful that the side effects won’t be as severe as prior vaccinations. “In some cases with people who had vaccine side effects, we’re seeing a little less side effects with each booster.”
To prepare for the side effects, experts recommend getting a full night’s rest, gently moving your body to help with fatigue and muscle aches, and staying hydrated throughout the day. Nachman does not recommend taking pain relievers such as aspirin, Tylenol, or Motrin prior to vaccination. Instead, she says it’s better to take Tylenol a couple of hours after.When will boosters be available for kids from 5 to 11?
There’s no clear timeline on when boosters will become available for kids between 5 to 11 years. Both experts say Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech are already starting the groundwork to conduct studies on the appropriate dosage for this age group.
Chang says the process toward authorizing boosters for kids should not take as long—he could even see more developments before the end of the year. Nachman’s prediction is a bit more grim. She says parents should not expect COVID booster eligibility for younger age groups until late winter 2023. The CDC recommends children 5 to 11 years old get a monovalent—containing only the original strain—booster dose in the meantime.
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