Who Needs a Folding Phone, Anyway?

This week, Microsoft’s dual-screen Area Duo became offered for sale. Like lots of other folding units, the Duo has been marketed as a solution for busy workers on the go. But now, months into a pandemic exactly where lots of workers are continue to sheltering in area (if they are fortunate enough to have a task at all), the enchantment of these kinds of gizmos is questionable at ideal. However, Microsoft and other firms soldier on, searching for approaches to make their costly units really feel relevant. Foldables are below, whether or not folks want them or not.

This week on Gadget Lab, WIRED senior affiliate editor Julian Chokkattu joins us to speak about Microsoft’s “not-a-mobile phone” mobile phone and the future of foldables.

Exhibit Notes

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