What reviewers are saying about the new Microsoft Duo device

It’s here. Microsoft is not only pushing with new ideas in hardware, but it’s doing it without the software, that’s right, Microsoft has built hardware that runs Android instead of Windows. This isn’t your Dad’s Microsoft anymore.

The Microsoft Duo is the future, or some of its design is. The two-screen idea is a much better option than a folding screen, and for many reasons. Also, the two-screen design allows for existing applications to be opened on a single screen side-by-side with another application without any modifications to them.

This is a big deal; people will be able to take advantage of the new device format without waiting for developers to release new versions of their apps to take advantage of the dual-screen layout.

What others are saying about this device?

MICROSOFT SURFACE DUO REVIEW: DOUBLE TROUBLES

All the right ideas — but spoiled by buggy software and a bad camera

By Dieter Bohn @backlon
The Verge

Microsoft Surface Duo review

A beautiful, expensive work in progress

Brian Heater @bheater
TechCrunch

Review: Microsoft Surface Duo

The company’s first dual-screen phone points to a future for mobile technology that is both exciting and disappointing.

Julian Chokkattu
Wired

Most reviews are pretty neutral; some really like the design and agree on the quality of the hardware, while others seem to be disappointed with the quality of the camera and the high price. Folks, this is something new, something refreshing, and reviewers who experienced some bugs probably tested an earlier version of the software as the latest updates seem to have fixed most of these… It’s a work in progress, and it’s exciting.

I don’t disagree with these reviews, but the new Microsoft Duo is essentially setting up a new foundation for mobile devices. In my opinion, the dual-screen will be a success, and many other manufacturers are going to follow suit – and this is a good position for Microsoft to be in.

The Microsoft Duo is, for now, a device for reviewers and early-adopters. The price is high and unaffordable for most people out there. Still, with time, I am sure Microsoft and other manufacturers will perfect the new dual-screen design, and then competition might bring the prices down and increase the quality of the hardware and software. Let’s hope that this is what happens.

Tech Specs

Dimensions:
Open: 145.2 mm (H) x 186.9 mm (W) x 4.8 mm (T)
Closed: 145.2 mm (H) x 93.3 mm (W) x 9.9 mm (T at hinge)

Processor:
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform optimized for the dual-screen experience

Weight: 250 grams

Display:
Dual PixelSense™ Fusion Displays open: 8.1” AMOLED, 2700×1800 (3:2), 401 PPI
Single PixelSense™ Display: 5.6” AMOLED, 1800×1350 (4:3), 401 PPI
Display Material: Corning® Gorilla® Glass

Battery Life:
Up to 15.5 hours of Local Video Playback2
Up to 10 days of Standby Time
Up to 27 hours of Talk Time

Camera:
Adaptive camera 11MP, f/2.0, 1.0 µm, PDAF and 84.0° diagonal FOV optimized with AI for front and rear

Network and Connectivity:
WiFi: WiFi-5 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz)
Bluetooth: Bluetooth® 5.0
LTE: 4×4 MIMO, Cat.18 DL / Cat 5 UL, 5CA, LAA. Up to 1.2Gbps Download / Up to 150Mbps Upload

Connections:
USB-C® 3.1

Storage and Memory:
128GB or 256GB UFS 3.0 of internal storage
6GB DRAM

Author: Ricardo Sanchez

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