Microsoft’s New Two-Screen Phone Looks Amazing But Has Lots of Compromises

If you couldn’t already tell from the photos and videos, Microsoft’s phone reveals last week were pretty spectacular, with new handsets bursting from the firm’s wallets. Though not surprisingly, the photos and videos unveiled weren’t quite the same as what was on stage. Not by a long shot.

In its initial announcement, the company suggested two new Windows phones would launch in July that would come with a redesigned phone design, a new version of Windows OS, larger batteries, and a redesigned Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset. The new phones also come with Microsoft’s virtual assistant, Cortana, as well as a digital assistant rival to Google Assistant.

The first of these phones, the Nokia 9 PureView, is based on what Microsoft is calling “Pixelsense” — an architecture based on system-wide Pixel vision and camera tech. The other one is an all-screen smartphone, called the Nokia 8 Sirocco, based on a blend of Samsung’s Intelligent Scan tech and Mobile HDR. It also features Qualcomm’s latest and greatest, the Snapdragon 855 chipset. In fact, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is said to offer an increase in performance over the already solid Snapdragon 845 chipset used in the Nokia 8 Sirocco Mobile gaming phone.

Despite all this new tech, there was one thing that was conspicuously missing from the Microsoft press event. That would be the special Windows Phone 10 update, which goes into overdrive and introduces a bunch of new features and improvements in the newest iteration of the cross-platform, cross-device operating system. And that was a pretty big surprise.

Still, it seems like Microsoft plans to produce Windows 10 devices for the first time ever. It’s also announced the support of Windows to help developers customize their apps for Windows 10.

It’s looking like Microsoft may have a pretty successful launch for its new handset. Since the Nokia 9 PureView is an early look at what’s to come, we’ll have to see if Microsoft is getting any attention with Windows 10 in the meantime.

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