Hands-on with Microsoft’s $ 1,400 ‘Surface Duo’ dual display smartphone

As Apple prepares to unveil its new iPhone 12 lineup next month, Microsoft has launched the $ 1,400 Surface Duo, a foldable smartphone that offers two displays and anything that Apple has to offer is.
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We’ve checked out some foldable smartphones like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Flip, so we thought we’d also take a look at the Surface Duo as foldable smartphones offer interesting new technology that we can finally see from Apple.

Unlike the Galaxy fold, which offers a single foldable display with display technology covering Kajol, Microsoft has combined the foldable design with two separate screens, connected to a visual hinge, which is smart because Microsoft’s Surface Duo lacks stability. Problems with Samsung’s devices are increasing.

The Surface Duo is well built and the design of the hinge has received a lot of attention, which is no surprise given the price point. The Surface Duo and hinges feel particularly high quality, and is a folding smartphone that resembles a premium, futuristic device. With two 5.6-inch screens (8.1 inches combined), the Surface Duo is surprisingly slim, but has hinges that stand out.

Microsoft did a solid job with the build quality of the Surface Duo, but the device’s design is the best part about it because the software doesn’t measure. Microsoft uses Android software designed by Google, and the lack of integration between hardware and software hinders the user experience and feels incomplete.

The Surface Duo is running a Microsoft-skinned version of Android 10. This Android 10 features and some add-ons are designed by Microsoft for dual screens, but the operating system does not feel optimized for this two screen form factor. Microsoft and Google can improve the software over time with updates, but at the time of release, this is not ideal.

Despite poor software, the Surface Duo offers some notable usage advantages when it comes to productivity. Specific applications can be set to launch at the same time with an app group, so you can combine OneNote and Outlook, a web browser, and YouTube, and so on, which is ideal for multitasking, although some apps Can also be opened in both. Screen to do things like writing an email on one screen while browsing through your inbox on another. This feature however is not optimized for all apps, which is a major downside.

There are several Surface Duo usage modes. Book mode, as the name suggests, occurs when both screens are opened like a book. Single screen mode flips one screen behind another for a more traditional smartphone feel, while Compose Mode flips the Surface Duo into a clamshell orientation like a laptop. The tent shape also has a tent mode with both sides facing downwards to view media content.

For most use, the single screen mode, in which one display is stacked on top of the other, seems most comfortable because most people don’t want to photo or chat with anyone using the book-form form factor, but it can be It is useful to have the option of folding the second screen to get the job done.

When it comes to Specs, the Surface Duo is running year-old technology with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chip, and is limited to an 11-megapixel camera that every other smartphone manufacturer is focusing on camera quality. It also has thick bezels that are moving away from smartphone makers, which is noticeable.

Overall, the Surface Duo brings innovation to the smartphone space and we’re interested to see where Microsoft’s technology goes in the future, but given the $ 1,400 price point, software issues, and overall usability, it’s not a device that It is suitable for most people and not one we would recommend.

Some rumors are suggesting that Apple is searching for a foldable iPhone, and Apple has filed a few patents for the foldable smartphone technology, but it’s still unclear whether it’s a technology that’s going to stick around And if Apple foldable iPhone will ever come out the prototyping stage. If Apple does indeed work, then we can’t know if Apple can release a foldable phone, but it certainly isn’t coming in the immediate future.