Microsoft’s foldable Surface Duo makes me never want to go back to using a smartphone with just one screen, but it has some serious drawbacks

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Microsoft’s $1,400 Surface Duo phone stands out for its flexible design, long battery life, and useful multitasking features.
The Surface Duo consists of two 5.6-inch screens joined by a 360-degree hinge, which makes it more versatile than competing foldable smartphones from Samsung or Motorola.
That means you can use it in a variety of modes, such as holding it open like a book when reading, or propping it up like a tent on your table when using it as a second screen.
But, for the price, it falls short in certain areas where more traditional smartphones excel, such as the camera.

Microsoft’s original Surface popularized the idea that a tablet computer could replace the traditional laptop following its 2012 launch.

Now, the tech giant is hoping to make similar waves in the smartphone market with the launch of its Surface Duo, a $1,400 Android smartphone that, as its name implies, has two screens. It’s available starting September 10.

The Surface Duo is Microsoft’s take on the foldable phone, a trend that smartphone giants like Samsung, Huawei, and Motorola spearheaded in 2019. The Duo consists of two 5.6-inch displays that form one giant 8.1-inch display when combined.

Microsoft is betting that the ability to switch between phone mode and tablet mode will appeal to consumers that lean on their mobile devices for productivity and entertainment — and prioritize extra screen real estate over portability.

For the most part, Microsoft succeeds at this with the Surface Duo. The company has clearly thought about how to best optimize those dual screens in the most useful way rather than just doubling the size of your phone’s display.

The way certain apps, like Microsoft News and the Edge browser, are tailored to work intelligently across both screens make me optimistic about Microsoft’s re-entry into the mobile market and the potential for foldable phones.

But, at the same time, I’ve always felt that laptop-tablet hybrid devices are only worth it when they can successfully replace both of those devices. The same should hold true for gadgets that seek to replace your smartphone and tablet, too. On that front, the Surface Duo excels in some ways but falls short in others.

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Here’s a closer look at what it’s been like to use Microsoft’s Surface Duo.

Table of Contents: StaticMicrosoft Surface Duo specs

Display: 5.6-inch AMOLED display with 1,800 x 1,350 (single screen); 8.1-inch AMOLED display with 2,700 x 1,800 resolution (both screens)

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

Camera: 11-megapixel (front and rear)

Battery capacity: 3,577 mAh

Memory: 6GB DRAM

Storage: 128GB or 256GB

Design and display

It’s no understatement to say the Surface Duo looks unlike any smartphone I’ve seen before. It opens and closes like a book, with an exterior coated in Corning Gorilla Glass with Microsoft’s logo stamped right in the center of its cover. Opening the device reveals two identical AMOLED touch screens that each measure 5.6-inches and together turn into an 8.1-inch display.

Those two displays, which have a resolution of 1,800 x 1,350 individually and 2,700 x 1,800 when combined, offer rich, colorful visuals on par with that of the iPhone 11 …read more

Source:: Business Insider – Tech

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