Would you buy a Wi-Fi only Surface Duo?

The Microsoft Surface Duo and Duo 2 are mobile devices that get their name from the dual-screen design that makes them different from any other phone or tablet on the market today.

Comes with Android software and a bunch of Microsoft apps and services pre-installed, it’s easy to think of them as phones. What if Microsoft released a Surface Duo without the ability to make calls or connect to the internet via mobile data?

There’s at least some evidence that the company considered creating a Wi-Fi-only Surface Duo 2. References spotted by Gustave Monce to a Wi-Fi-only model in the kernel source code for the Surface Duo 2.

And in some ways, the move would make sense. When Microsoft first introduced the original Surface Duo, the company didn’t really call it a phone. Sure, you can use it to make calls, but the dual-screen device isn’t the size or shape of a typical phone. When folded in half and used as a single-screen device, it has a 4:3 aspect ratio which is a bit difficult for your ear to hold. And when unfolded, it looks more like a book than a tablet thanks to the line running through the middle.

The unusual design lets you run an app on each screen or place the Duo on a table and use it like a small laptop, with a virtual keyboard or other input device on the lower screen and a application running on top screen. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of possibilities.

But the Surface Duo and Surface Duo 2 were both fairly expensive devices at launch, and removing the cellular modem is unlikely to bring the price down that much. So it can be hard to justify spending over $1000 on a dual-screen handheld when you could get a much better Android tablet + keyboard combo for less…unless you really you want a foldable device that’s small enough to slip into a pocket but versatile enough to use as a phone or tablet-sized device.

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