Microsoft Surface Duo: Excitement andAnticipation ends here

Microsoft introduced the surface Neo and Surface Duo last October. These both were meant to be the Surface line’s future. The Surface Neo is a double-screen laptop running Windows 10X while the Surface Duo was an Android dual-screen tablet. Originally, Microsoft had teased both of these devices for late 2020, but they speeded up the Surface Duo timeline and announced it officially, with sales starting from 10th of September 2020. We’ll take a look at specs, features, details, pricing and availability in this article!

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Microsoft Surface Duo: Specifications

Display
-Display Material: Corning Gorilla Glass
-Wide color gamut: 100% SRGB and 100% DCI-P3
-Single PixelSense Displays: 5.6” AMOLED, 1800×1350 (4:3), 401 ppi
-Opened: 8.1” AMOLED, 2700×1800 (3:2), 401 ppi
-Dual PixelSense Fusion Displays
Dimensions & Weight


-Weight: 250g
-Closed: 145.2mm (H) x 93.3mm (W) x 9.9mm (T at hinge)
-Open: 145.2mm (H) x 186.9mm (W) x 4.8mm (T)
RAM & Storage

-6GB RAM
-128GB/256GB UFS 3.0
SoC

-Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform optimized for dual-screen experience
Camera-Up to 4K 60fps with EIS
-Multi-frame HDR, dynamic range scene detection, portrait mode with adjustable depth
-Adaptive camera: 11MP, f/2.0, 1.0 μm, PDAF, 84.0° diagonal FoV, optimized with AI for front and rear
Battery & Charging

-Fast Charging using 18W charger in-box
-3577mAh (typical) dual battery
Security & Authentication

-Security applications pre-loaded on device: Microsoft Authenticator
-Biometric lock type: Fingerprint reader
Connectivity


-LTE: 4×4 MIMO, Cat.18 DL / Cat 5 UL, 5CA, LAA Up to 1.2Gbps Download / Up to 150Mbps Upload
-Bluetooth: Bluetooth® 5.0
-WiFi: WiFi-5 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz)
-Location: GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou, QZSS

Bands Supported:
-GSM/GPRS: GSM-850, E-GSM-900, DCS-1800, PCS-1900
-WCDMA: 1, 2, 5, 8
-TD-LTE: 38, 39, 40, 41, 46
-FDD-LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66
Audio
-Qualcomm aptX Adaptive
-Audio formats supported: 3GP, MP3, MP4, MKV, WAV, OGG, M4A, AAC, TS, AMR, FLAC, MID, MIDI, RTTL, RTX, OTA, IMY
-Mono speaker, Dual mic with noise suppression and echo cancellation optimized for productive use in all postures.
Android Verison
Android 10 with Microsoft Surface Duo UI
Pen & Inking
-Supports all in-market generations of Surface Slim Pen, Surface Pen and Surface Hub 2 Pen
Exterior

-Color: Glacier
-Exterior Material: Corning Gorilla Glass
Price

$1,399

These specs may not seem too spectacular, but this is primarily meant to be a device for productive output. Generally, productivity devices don’t need the latest and best specs, but rather a valuable combination of specifications that can make the device function in the best possible way. Microsoft made it very clear that with this system they cared more about thickness and weight than almost anything and it shows. The unit would actually perform well during its lifetime.

Display and Design

The Surface Duo display’s are really different. There are two 1080p PixelSense AMOLED displays which are identical. They both come with an aspect ratio of 4:3 and a resolution of 1800X1350 pixels each. They both cover 100 per cent of the color gamut of sRGB and DCI-P3.

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The display panels aren’t all that remarkable, but the Microsoft technology that’s gone into them. All displays use the patented dual-screen calibration supported by Microsoft. It is to ensure that all shows are 100 per cent the same. The two displays should be mutually indistinguishable. Microsoft Active Pens supports the displays, so you can use any of the recent Surface Pens on them.

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The handset is extremely slim when opened at just 4.8 mm, which is only a little bit thicker than the USB Type-C port. It is one of the thinnest products to be introduced recently. It is still a slim 9.9 mm when folded, potentially coming in very close proximity to the Galaxy S20 Ultra. When unfolded, either the two screens can be used as two separate screens running two different applications, or two parts of one device, or the monitor can be rotated and used as an 8.1′′ phone.

Like the Surface Book 3, the Surface Duo is an extremely evolutionary device. You can fold the display down 360 degrees on the Surface Duo. It is a complete hinge for display. It also uses watch mechanics to lock in place, so you can fold it as a laptop or as a hut to watch something like Netflix or YouTube.

Experience with the Software

Microsoft made this device a dual-screen, because they said windows and the two-screen flow were natural. Microsoft claims that you’ll still have to lose focus on a single screen computer by closing apps and moving, breaking focus and flow. The idea was to have two screens that work together intelligently is much better than just a single screen. The two screens of the Surface Duo allow you to drag and drop images, files and text along with apps in order to get the work done more quickly.

Microsoft has adapted its Office suite of applications and OneDrive to cover the displays and some third-party apps including Amazon Kindle will emulate a book-like reading experience to take advantage of the dual-screen configuration. Instead of these, every Android device will work on all of the screens, even if the design does not actually take advantage of them. Microsoft has also created dual-screen apps APIs to function in the Android codebase, and plans to upstream them for use by other manufacturers and third parties.

  It’s not much larger than your average glass slab phone yet it offers a lot more versatility and productivity. This helps you to work and not stop. Any need to avoid switching apps or close an app for copying and pasting, or even switching apps to open a connection. On the second screen it simply lets you open it. LG has attempted to make a dual-screen system but there is still scope for development in key areas even after several attempts. The program was just not there, the case of the dual-screen felt bulky and the dual-screen felt like an afterthought. The Surface Duo solves all of these problems.

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However, that phone isn’t for everyone. It’s a phone for Surface and Office fans as Microsoft told us. It has no fancy high refresh rate monitor, quad-camera system or crazy fast charging. This was only designed to take the Surface look Microsoft has been working on and introduce it to phones for years.

It is just a Windows computer, so it’s not a bad thing by any means.  This just means that not everyone ‘s going to opt for this device, and that’s cool. Microsoft knows for whom this phone is intended and to whom it will sell. It’s not early adopters or Android lovers but Surface fans.

Microsoft Surface Duo: Availability and Pricing

The Surface Duo is  available for pre-order in the US. For the 128GB/6 GB model base the phone will cost $1,399. This will also be available in a model of 256GB/6 GB. You can buy it in advance from Microsoft Store, Best Buy, or AT&T. The phone will be available online and in-store from 10 September 2020. It comes just in one colour, Glacier. It comes with an Unlocked edition and a locked AT&T model as well. The unlocked model is eSIM while the AT&T edition is not.

Anyways, Microsoft is not providing any pre-order bonuses with the device, but you’ll get a bumper cover in the box.

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