Surface Duo is here, the reviews are out, and people have finally gotten their hands on Microsoft’s first dual-screen device. While the reception to the software was mixed as some bugs have yet to be ironed out, the hardware was heavily praised.
To better understand just how much effort and attention to detail went into building the hardware of Surface Duo, here’s a technical look inside the device and everything that makes it feel so premium in the hand.
The day has finally come. It’s Surface Duo launch day! The hype has been at an all-time high and now, and the moment of truth has arrived.
Surface Duo has been in the hands of reviewers for about 3 weeks, and they’ve been putting the device thought its paces. While unable to review the software, they could talk about the hardware, which they’ve had nothing but praise for.
Now, the embargo on the software has lifted and reviewers are free to critique and discuss every aspect of Surface Duo. Watch them do so in the video reviews below.
The day has come. It’s Surface Duo launch day! If you’re one of the lucky ones to have gotten your device already, I’ve put together this compilation of how-to’s and tips to help get you up and running and making the most of your Surface Duo.
The Surface Duo is now in the hands of know reviewers, and many of them have posted unboxing videos of the device, detailing what the hardware feels like. It ends there, though, as the software experience is under embargo till September 10th.
That said, Surface Duo units are currently on display at AT&T and BestBuy stores across the US, and anyone can walk it and test the devices out, without any limitations as to what they can show or talk about, including the software.
So here are some initial impressions from people who have done just that.
Now, as we inch closer to that release date, Microsoft has sent out Surface Duo review units to members of the press and allowed them to show off the hardware, while the software remains under embargo until sometime closer to release.
First impressions of the hardware have so far been extremely positive, with reviewers praising the build quality and industrial design. Watch their individual takes below.
The highly anticipated Surface Duo has finally launched, and while there is a lot of excitement around Microsoft’s first foray into foldable devices, fans and critics alike expressed concerns primarily about the spec sheet and the price Microsoft is demanding for it.
The Surface Duo will ship with a Snapdragon 855, 6GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, an 11MP camera, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5, a mono speaker, and a 3577 mAh battery. NFC, wireless charging, and 5G not included.
There’s no denying that these specs pale in comparison to the recently released flagships from Samsung, Google, and other Android OEMs. So, you can imagine people’s dismay when Microsoft announced that it would be charging $1399 for the base 128GB model, as customers could pick up a OnePlus 8 Pro, for example, with all of the latest specs for half the price. Or even the recently announced spec-laden Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G for about $100 less.
Social media erupted. “What exactly was Microsoft thinking?”. “Surface Duo is DOA”. “2019 specs for over $1000”. “No one will buy this”.
The Surface Duo is “officially” due to be released sometime during the Holiday 2020 season, but since Microsoft announced and showcased the foldable back in October 2019, employees testing the product don’t have to worry much about being caught using the device in public.
In fact, Microsoft executives have been actively teasing Surface Duo on their social media channels for some time now, and the frequency of these teases have sparked fresh rumors that a release may be sooner than initially planned.
In any case, while we wait for launch, here is a list of times Microsoft executives gave us a little peek of the Duo in action.
The newly announced Surface Go 2 is a versatile little machine, and has proven to be pretty capable despite its lower-end internals. But just how capable is it? Now that people have had the time to put it through its paces, I’ve put together a small list of reviews from those who use the machine for a range of different tasks.
When iFitIt got their hands on the original Surface Go, they gave it a lowly 1/10 score for repairability. The reason being a “terrifyingly” difficult display to remove – which is also necessary to replace any other internal part, the lack of upgradability, lack of modularity on highly used ports, and prominent use of adhesive.
Now, they’ve put the Surface Go 2 under the same process, and these are the results.