Take some time to watch the upcoming Surface Duo in action

Take some time to watch the upcoming Surface Duo in action
Microsoft embarked on a risky strategy last October when it gave a sneak preview of its dual-screened Surface Duo phone. The risk is that the device won't be properly unveiled and launched until later this year in time for it to be available during the 2020 holiday shopping season. Now we can't equate this to the zillions of dollars that Disney lost by not realizing what a big star Baby Yoda would be; after all, if the phone won't be ready until later this year, it won't be ready. What else could Microsoft do?

But the risk is that consumers who might have purchased the Duo late last year will end up spending their money on other fetching handsets like the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G which will be introduced officially by Samsung in two days. Those seeking an unconventional form factor might have already purchased a Galaxy Fold, a Galaxy Z Flip or a Motorola razr by the time the Duo launches. And there will also be the Dual Screen accessory for the LG V60 ThinQ. Did you even remember that this device will be released later this year? Judging from the comments left on YouTube for a video showing the Surface Duo in action, Microsoft might have no reason to worry.

Microsoft continues to refine the Duo which will officially be unveiled this October


The video shows that the device does have some issues with the touchscreen or the UI, but we are most certainly looking at a pre-production unit. And you can see from the clip that the Surface Duo is going to be thick. While technically not a foldable phone like the Galaxy Fold or the razr, the two 5.6-inch displays (each with a resolution of 1350 x 1800) can be used together to create an 8.3-inch screen. However, there is a border between each display making the experience less seamless than the foldables. Still, Microsoft will probably promote the Duo as a productivity tool (it will come with a stylus). We would hope that since software is the company's bread and butter, it has developed customized versions of its Office suite that are designed to take advantage of the dual screens. The firm has also been working with Google so that the latter could make the appropriate changes to Android.


The advanced hinge that Microsoft patented will automatically change the UI based on how the two screens are set. There are different options including laptop mode that has the Duo in landscape orientation with the bottom display used as a virtual QWERTY keyboard. Another mode, designed for the nightstand, allows the user to set the Duo in an inverted "V" position allowing it to be employed as a bedside alarm clock.



While the Surface Duo will be Microsoft's first Android phone, the company has been eating from the Android buffet for years. Thanks to some patents owned by the company, Microsoft earned much more money thanks to the popularity of the Android operating system than it could have ever hoped to make selling Windows Phone handsets. And after introducing the Surface Duo last October 2nd, Microsoft conceded that Android is the best mobile operating system.

Microsoft originally patented a dual-screen device back in January 2017. By December of that year, renders were created by David Breyer that strongly resemble the version of the device that Microsoft has built. Last summer, the company reportedly showed a video teaser of the Duo to employees at Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond.

There still is much about the Surface Duo that we don't know. The prototypes were powered by the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform, but by the end of the year, it would seem more appropriate for the Duo to be equipped with the Snapdragon 865 chipset. Microsoft plans on formally announcing the Surface Duo during this October's Surface Event.

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14 Comments

22. MikeG77

Posts: 430; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

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16. rsiders

Posts: 2068; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

For as long as Microsoft has taken to get this product to market I wanna wait for it but I feel like the price will be high and in my heart I know I'm more geared towards content creation than productivity. It looks so beautiful though and I really want one. I probably just don't need it and that breaks my heart a little. Life man.

10. Cat97

Posts: 2068; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I don't see the usefulness of that format. Anything that cannot work as a laptop is as useful as a simple smartphone.

12. jove39

Posts: 2153; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

It's not a device meant for mass consumer appeal. I am sure managers or anyone who wants to be productive on the go (travelling to & from work) will find some use of this device.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 23084; Member since: May 28, 2014

I am so stoked for this smartphone to be released! Can’t wait!

6. Pureviewuser1

Posts: 170; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

No windows phone means no purchase for me

7. Sam1ne

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 07, 2019

lol.. good luck using the pure view for the rest of your life then. yet another confirmation of the special kind of stupid windows fans are. makes sense, when you think about it.

8. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2577; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I would imagine Microsoft could do what Amazon did with the Fire tablets where they can create such a strong overlay that you would forget you’re running an Android device.

11. highwaysnobbery

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

I'm actually a bit surprised they haven't gone that route.

5. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2577; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The major difference between the concept that was originally announced and this seems to be the addition of a flash next to the camera at the top of the screen. This will mean there will be no external cameras on this device which can be smart to save money on not having to use multiple cameras, but it looks like there will only be one camera instead of a dual option. So they will have to pull off some Pixel level software tech to make that one camera work for them. This could always change and there may be a camera I’m not seeing. Overall cool concept and it looks like there is some usage for it.

2. tiz_meh

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

It'll be the best for NDS and 3DS emulators.

3. Bankz

Posts: 2555; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

This is the best looking mobile device on planet and I’d imagine it’ll look crazy in black. This is the only device that has me remotely interested in upgrading my current phone. Every current phone is basically a carbon replica of the other With little to nothing actually new or exciting. The UI, Microsoft’s build quality, Design, and dual screen usage scenario has me very intrigued. Can't wait till this is out ffs.. PS: I'm also excited about the Galaxy fold 2 but not nearly as much as the surface duo.

1. Abdbaas

Posts: 171; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

Microsoft, be clever with the pricing and you'll beat Samsung in sales

4. Blazers

Posts: 794; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

99% of the time, it’s all about marketing.

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