Microsoft Surface Duo: Microsoft have just shown with this new device that there are multiple ways to get a dual display to work as one. In fact, the new Surface Duo might just be the most efficient dual screen we have seen so far.
What is Microsoft Surface Duo
The Surface Duo, also known as the Microsoft Surface Duo, is a foldable device released by Microsoft’s that runs Android 10. This device (phone) is made in such a way that it has two different screens that actually works together with ease. One of the interesting feature of this foldable device is that it’s hinges can rotate 360° without issues.
The device will work as a smaller more handy and pocket friendly version of the Microsoft Surface Neo, that runs on Windows 10X, which is also product of Microsoft.
About The Microsoft Surface Duo
This device is a flagship device and it comes with all the features of flagship phones. The new Surface Duo is so good that Samsung and other foldable device manufacturers should probably be scared.
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Let us show you some of the features of this new Surface Duo device from Microsoft and maybe then you’ll understand why other companies needs improvement.
The surface duo comes with a distinct dual screen that actually works together. Imagine having a device with one screen at the left and another at the right but you can drag an App from the left screen to the right screen and vice versa. If you think this is cool it gets even better.
You can also use one screen for task and use the other to check options of that App. Take for example Netflix. With the surface duo, you can be watching movies with one screen while using the second screen to navigate through other movie options. But it doesn’t even end there.
When typing, sending messages or chatting, you can use one screen to view chat and use the second screen as your keyboard. It’s just incredible. These features are cool and so are the software and chipset that powers this phone.
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The surface duo runs Android 10 and it comes with a Qualcomm SOC, the Snapdragon 855 chipset. This is a flagship chipset from Qualcomm and it’s a very powerful chipset.
Microsoft Surface Duo can shoot 4K videos, comes with other interesting camera and video features like gyro-EIS and stable video mode.
There is fingerprint sensor for security, comes with 3577mAh dual battery with 18W fast charge, uses one eSIM and one Nano SIM and it comes with Corning Gorilla Glass screen.
Below is the complete specifications of the device
Complete Specifications of Microsoft Surface Duo
Technology: GSM / HSPA / WCDMA / LTE
2G Network: GSM-850, E-GSM-900, DCS-1800, PCS-1900
4G LTE: Yes
Download Speed: Up to 1.2Gbps Download / Up to 150Mbps Upload
Dimension: Open: 145.2 mm (H) x 186.9 mm (W) x 4.8 mm (T)
Dimension: Closed: 145.2 mm (H) x 93.3 mm (W) x 9.9 mm (T at hinge)
Weight: 250 grams
Display Material: Corning® Gorilla® Glass
SIM: One eSIM5 and one Nano SIM Note: AT&T locked device will not support eSIM
Type: AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size: Dual PixelSense™ Fusion Displays open: 8.1” AMOLED
Size: Single PixelSense™ Display: 5.6” AMOLED
Dual Resolution: 2700×1800 (3:2), 401 PPI
Dual Resolution: 1800×1350 (4:3), 401 PPI
Protection: Corning® Gorilla® Glass
Features: 400 nits typ. brightness (advertised)
OS (Operating System): Android™ 10
Chipset (Processor): Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform optimized for the dual-screen experience
CPU Cores: Qualcomm® Kryo™ 485 CPU, Octa-core CPU, Up to 2.96 GHz
GPU: Qualcomm® Adreno™ 640 GPU
Software: Microsoft preloaded applications: Microsoft suite and related applications
Microsoft Surface Duo UI core features: Dual screen windowing, Adaptive modes, App Groups, Microsoft 365 Feed, Dynamic dock, Universal Search, Adaptive Camera, Microsoft SwiftKey Adaptive Keyboard, Your Phone Companion – Link to Windows
Internal Storage: 128GB or 256GB UFS 3.0 of internal storage6 6GB DRAM
Single Lens: Adaptive camera 11MP, f/2.0, 1.0 µm, PDAF
Features: LED flash, HDR, panorama, OIS, gyro-EIS
Video: 4K video recording at 30 fps and 60 fps, 1080p video recording at 30 fps and 60 fps. HEVC and H.264 video recording formats. Gyro-based digital video stabilization.
Photos: Auto mode with low-light & HDR multi-frame photo capture and dynamic range scene detection, Super resolution zoom, and super zoom up to 7x Portrait mode with adjustable depth control, Panorama mode, Burst mode.
Single Camera: 84.0° diagonal FOV optimized with AI for front
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Video conferencing: Microsoft Teams and Skype video conferencing up to 1080p at 30fps, High CRI LED Flash for both front and world facing photo and video scenarios
Loudspeaker: Mono speaker, Dual Mic noise suppression and echo cancellation optimized for productive use in all postures Best-in-class Full Duplex communication for voice calls in hands-free mode.
Audio: Audio formats supported: 3GP, MP3, MP4, MKV, WAV, OGG, M4A, AAC, TS, AMR, FLAC, MID, MIDI, RTTL, RTX, OTA, IMY Qualcomm® aptX™ Adaptive.
Video playback: Video Playback Formats8: MKV, MOV, MP4, H.265(HEVC), AVI, WMV, TS, 3GP, FLV, WEBM Wireless: Chromecast support Wired: DisplayPort over USB-C®. Supports video out when connecting via HDMI Adapter*
WLAN: WiFi-5 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz)
Bluetooth: Bluetooth® 5.0
GPS: Yes, GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou, QZSS
USB: USB-C® 3.1
Sensors: Dual Accelerometer, Dual Gyroscope, Dual Magnetometer, Dual Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Hall Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor
Security and authentication: Biometric lock type: Fingerprint reader (1:100K FAR <3% FRR), Lock type: Swipe, PIN, password, Security applications pre-loaded on device: Microsoft Authenticator
Pen and inking: Supports all in market generations of Surface Slim Pen, Surface Pen and Surface Hub 2 Pen*Simultaneous Pen and touch are supported.
Battery: 3577mAh (typical) dual battery
Charging: Battery charging using 18W in box power supply
Battery Life: Up to 15.5 hours of Local Video Playback
Battery Life: Up to 10 days of Standby Time
Battery Life: Up to 27 hours of Talk Time
Language support: All supported languages (Android™ 10)
Countries, carriers, and compatibility: Countries: U.S, Unlocked device: AT&T, T-Mobile***, Locked device: AT&T
Games: Yes, Downloadable from Google Play store
Warranty: 1-year limited hardware warranty
The Microsoft Store Promise for Surface: 60-day return policy90 days of free technical phone supportFree virtual workshops and training
Price: About $1,400, 540,000 Naira
The new foldable or more fittingly Duo screen device from Microsoft is really something to look out for. This phone might just share the way we see foldable phones.
The Microsoft Surface Duo price starts at $1,400, 540,000 Naira and it’s now in pre-order stage. Visit Microsoft Site to know more about the pre-order.
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