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Microsoft Surface Duo 3 Foldable: Everything You Have To Know

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Microsoft Surface Duo 3 Foldable: Everything You Have To Know

For the next generation of Microsoft foldable, rumours are swirling about a pretty drastic design change. Here’s everything that we’ve learned so far.

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The Surface Duo phones are something of an oddity in Surface lineup, being Microsoft’s only Android devices, and sitting somewhere between a smartphone and a notebook computer.

They’ve garnered a bit of a cult following, as even though the design has its flaws, these devices are capable little productivity machines – and there’s nothing else quite like them on the market.

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For the next generation, though, rumours are swirling about a pretty drastic design change. Here’s everything that we’ve learned so far.

Microsoft Surface Duo 3: Will it be a true-foldable?

Microsoft’s Surface Duo devices have historically taken a different approach to the foldable phone. Instead of utilising foldable OLED panels, Microsoft’s offerings have been dual-screen affairs, joined by a hinge.

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There are benefits and shortcomings to each approach. Obviously, with two screens, you don’t have to worry about a crease, and since they can be glass-fronted, durability is much better, too.

However, the rest of the industry is pushing true-foldable designs, and as a result, software optimisation is getting better and better.

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The main complaint users have had about the Surface Duo devices is that so few apps are optimised to use the format effectively, and are often buggy when they do support the format.

So far, the rumours are pointing to the third-generation Surface Duo device switching to a foldable display, and to us, the move makes a lot of sense. Even if we’re quite keen on the original two-screen design.

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A report from Windows Central suggests that Microsoft had essentially finalised the design of a dual-screen Surface Duo 3. However, it now seems that the dual-screen design has been scrapped, with the company focusing its efforts on a true foldable instead.

There are also a number of Microsoft patents for single-screen 360-hinge devices, but Windows Central says these designs won’t be used on the upcoming foldable. Instead, it will likely feature a 180-degree hinge with an interior and exterior display, just like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4.

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Microsoft Surface Duo 3: What will it be called?

If the rumours prove true, it’s very possible that the third-generation foldable won’t be called the Surface Duo 3. After all, the Duo name suggests two screens side by side.

Of course, if it has an interior and exterior display, that’s still two screens – so the Duo name wouldn’t be too out of place. But, we think it’s more likely that Microsoft will be keen to differentiate the new model from its previous efforts – which typically saw middling reviews.

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There’s not much to go on at this stage, but if we were to hazard a guess, the Microsoft Surface Fold has a nice ring to it.

Microsoft Surface Duo 3: When will it be released?

Microsoft usually launches its Surface devices in the fall. The Surface Duo was launched in September 2020 and the Surface Duo 2 was launched in 2021.

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In 2022, however, there was no new Surface Duo device. Instead, Microsoft put its efforts into refining the software and delivering numerous updates to the Surface Duo 2.

Speculation from Forbes suggests that we’re now looking at a bi-annual product launch strategy, which would mean that the next device launches in fall 2023.

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However, the aforementioned Windows Central report, which claims a finalised Surface Duo 3 design was scrapped, suggests we’ll have much longer to wait – and that a fall 2024 launch is more likely.

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Microsoft Surface Duo 3: How much will it cost?

At this stage, with little known about the hardware or the design, it’s impossible to say how much the device will cost.

However, looking at the previous models may help us get a ballpark idea. The Microsoft Surface Duo launched at $1,399 / £1,349 while the Duo 2 came in at $1,499 / £1,349.

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Sony DualSense Edge Review: Is the PS5 Pro Controller Worth The Price Tag?

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Sony’s pro controller certainly looks the part, but can its numerous features justify the cost?

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When Sony launched the PlayStation 5 it also reinvented the humble controller, of sorts. The DualSense was (and still is) somewhat a revelation.

Its numerous new features – not least the adaptive triggers and haptic feedback – elevate the gaming experience sufficiently that we’ll undoubtedly see rivals sport similar in future.

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There’s just one problem though – if you’re a power player, you’ll have realised by now that a conventional DualSense isn’t the most sturdy of accessories. We’ve actually rinsed two of them ourselves, with another two on their way out. It’s an expensive hobby if you have to replace them all the time, that’s for sure.

The thumbsticks are the biggest culprits, becoming spongy and less precise as you play. Games like Call of Duty and FIFA are particularly taxing for controllers, asking for quick directional switching constantly. And, if your controller isn’t quite up to scratch anymore, you can lose vital milliseconds in response time or, worse still, accidentally point the stick in the wrong direction. Even a fractionally different angle could ping a wildly inaccurate pass.

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The new DualSense technology has also hampered third-party accessory manufacturers somewhat, providing relatively few alternatives (in comparison to the Xbox Wireless Controller, for example), so what do you do? Well, Sony has provided one answer – its own pro controller to rival the handful from the likes of Scuf and Razer. The DualSense Edge is robust, customisable and technically set up to avoid having to be replaced fully when some parts fail. However, it also costs almost the same as an entire console, so is it worth the price or is it a fanciful extravagance during an era of belt tightening? We tested it to find out.

Case and accessories

  • Hard carry case
  • Six thumbstick caps included
  • Two rear levers and half dome buttons can be added
  • 3-metre braided USB-C cable

The DualSense Edge certainly looks and feels the part. It comes with a hard shell carry case that’s about a protective as can be, which contains the controller itself plus a number of add-ons and swappable doohickeys.

There are additional thumbstick caps, with two longer and two shorter alternatives with dome caps. The longer ones provide more travel for those who prefer it, while the shorter duo are the same length as the conventional caps (already installed) but with rounded rather than indented rubberised tips.

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The rounded caps are a throwback to the DualShock controllers released for or with former PlayStations up to the PS3. They certainly evoke some pleasant memories of yesteryear gaming but actually have a more practical use too – we find the shape more robust. We’ve not found it a problem with the DualSense so far, but the lipped caps on the PS4 DualShock perished reasonably quickly, tearing the surround away from the middle and ruining the cap entirely. This rounded shape should prevent that entirely.

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Xbox Game Pass Games List, Price and Everything You Need To Know

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Microsoft has a couple of subscription services for owners of the Xbox One, Xbox Series X or Series S.

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Xbox Live Gold is a monthly membership plan that is required for online play and, while it gives you a couple of free games a month, that’s its primary purpose.

On the other hand, Xbox Game Pass is the firm’s service that gives you access to hundreds of games for just one monthly fee.

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They can each be paid for separately, but the best news is that you can get both, plus PC Game PassEA PlayCloud Gaming and access to exclusive game discounts for a single, cheaper price.

ere’s everything you need to know about Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

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What is Xbox Game Pass and Game Pass Ultimate?

Xbox Games Pass gives you access to well over 300 games to download and play on your Xbox One or Xbox Series X/S for one monthly fee.

If you upgrade to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you also get Xbox Live Gold, PC Game PassEA Play and access to Xbox Cloud Gaming, all for the same price.

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You can download the games and play them as often as you like, as long as you continue to pay the monthly fee. Some titles might become unavailable as others are added, but you also have the option of buying any of the collection outright at discounted prices.

Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and original Xbox games are part of the line-up, the latter two through backward compatibility, so there are plenty of top titles to choose from.

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Microsoft adds releases of its own and many third-party games on the same day they are released in stores. This includes Halo Infinite and Bethesda’s new, forthcoming sci-fi RPG, Starfield.

It could also include all of Activision Blizzard’s vast back catalogue of titles, when Microsoft’s acquisition completes, including legacy and new Call of Duty games.

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The included Xbox Live Gold also gives subscribers exclusive discounts on many games on the Xbox Store.

How much does Xbox Game Pass Ultimate cost?

Xbox Games Pass Ultimate is priced at $14.99/£10.99 a month. You can cancel at any time.

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As mentioned, it includes Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Games Pass for PC and EA Play. Plus, Microsoft’s cloud service, Cloud Gaming, is part of Ultimate at no extra cost.

The standard console-only version of Games Pass doesn’t include Gold, EA Play, Cloud Gaming or the PC version. It costs $9.99/£7.99 a month. It’s the same price for the PC-only version when subscribed to separately. Ultimate is clearly the better deal.

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What games are part of Xbox Game Pass?

Xbox Game Pass will always offer more than 300 games, made up of Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and original Xbox backward compatible titles.

Some might be switched in future for other games, but here is the current list of all the games that are currently available:

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All the Xbox One & Series X/S games on Game Pass (as of 26 January 2023):

Note, all games run on Xbox One as well as Xbox Series X/S, but can have enhancements on the next-gen consoles. Some games will also feature Xbox’s Auto HDR and/or FPS Boost technologies.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 Rumours: What’s The Story So Far?

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 Rumours: What’s The Story So Far?

Samsung releases a number of smartphones every year, from the Galaxy S devices at the beginning of the year to the Galaxy Z devices towards the latter half of the year. You’ll also get a couple of Galaxy A devices mixed in too.

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The Galaxy Z Flip is the company’s clamshell smartphone, and it typically launches alongside the Galaxy Z Fold. We’ve covered off what is expected from the Galaxy Z Fold 5 in a separate feature, but here we are focusing on what we can expect from the Galaxy Z Flip 5.

Galaxy Z Flip 5 release date

  • August 2023?

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 was announced with the Galaxy Z Fold 4 at the beginning of August 2022. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 3 were also both announced in August the year prior, so August 2023 seems like a plausible month for the Galaxy Z Flip 5.

For now, there are no rumours surrounding a date for the Galaxy Z Flip 5 launch, and we don’t expect one for a while, but we would say it’s worth pencilling in the second half of the year.

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In terms of price, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 starts at £999 in the UK and $999 in the US. Whether the Galaxy Z Flip 5 will stay under that £1000/$1000 mark remains to be seen at the moment, but we certainly hope it doesn’t go too much over it.

Galaxy Z Flip 5 design

  • Change in design?
  • Horizontal fold
  • Redesigned hinge?

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 hasn’t changed a great deal in terms of design since it first launched, with only a couple of enhancements and improvements here and there rather than a complete redesign.

There have been some rumours to suggest there could be a few changes coming to the Galaxy Z Flip 5 though. A new hinge design has been reported, as well as a larger cover display.

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