The New iPad Mini Makes Me Want a Pocketable Android Tablet, Not Another Folding Phone

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The New iPad Mini Makes Me Want a Pocketable Android Tablet, Not Another Folding Phone
A photo of a person holding the iPad Mini
The iPad Mini looks like a slightly supersized smartphone. But what if it could fold out like the Surface Duo?
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Yesterday’s Apple product launch, where we saw the overhauled iPad Mini, made me think of Microsoft’s long-rumored Surface Duo 2, which we may see at next week’s Surface event. The new Mini looks kind of like the original Duo when it’s folded in half backward, and now I can’t stop thinking about what I want from the Duo 2.

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Let me back up for a minute: The Surface Duo was a unique Android phone with two displays separated by a hinge. It wasn’t a foldable phone with an external display that opened to reveal a giant flexible screen, but rather a book-like phone that opened to show two separate screens. It sounds weird, it was weird, and I think I have an idea why. The Duo 2 should be a tablet, not a smartphone.

Despite the failings of the original Duo, Microsoft might actually hit out of the park if it takes a few pages from Apple’s iPad playbook. Here’s what I really want from the Duo 2.

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