The Surface Duo is not an attempt to reinvent the phone, instead it is a pocketable device with two screens that brings together the Microsoft 365 services, some of the familiarity of Windows 10, and the full library of Android mobile apps to help you be more productive on the go. The new device features two 5.6-inch OLED displays connected using a 360-degree hinge design that creates an 8.1-inch canvas, which you can also use individually or together, across a variety of modes. The displays are designed to work like a multiple monitor setup, which in theory should help you be more productive. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor with 6GB of memory and up to 256GB of storage. Also, there is a two-piece 3577mAh battery that sits behind the two screens, and according to the company, you’ll get up to 15.5 hours of video playback, up to 27 hours of talk time, and up to 10 days of standby battery.

Surface Duo specs list

Here’s the list of specs for the Surface Duo: Although the tech specs hardware should be enough to use the device as advertised, the Surface Duo includes a 3577mAh battery which is relatively small compared to the 4380mAh on the original Samsung Galaxy Fold. Also, the Duo does not include 5G or NFC support, and it only includes a single 11-megapixel camera. In addition to the hardware, Microsoft has also made a lot of tweaks to the version of Android that comes with the Duo. For instance, even though, it’s running Google’s mobile operating system, the interface has been tweaked to have a Windows-like feel with the taskbar at the bottom of the screen, desktop-like experience with shortcuts, square icons, and the ability to work with apps side-by-side. The main reason Microsoft went with Android is because of the app ecosystem in the Google Play Store, and it’s committed to support the device and apps with updates for three years, similar to other companies like Google and Samsung. The company has even created algorithms to predict how to open apps on different displays. For example, if you’re on one display, and you’re opening a link, it’ll fill the other display. You’ll also find other interesting features, such as an onboard keyboard that will appear on the screen with the input field that shrinks slightly to the edge, so the letters are within reach of your fingers. Also, there is a feature known as app groups that allows you to create custom shortcuts to launch a pair of apps together on each screen at the same time. Of course, the Office apps have been customized to help take advantage of the new layout. For instance, when using the Microsoft Edge browser, you can drag text to the other screen and drop it on Microsoft To Do to create a list. All these hardware and software ideas are not new, since we have heard and seen various attempt, but it appears that out of the collaboration between Microsoft and Google, the Surface Duo may just be the first device to pull it off. The new software implementation won’t be exclusive to the Surface Duo, since the company revealed that the tweaks have been implemented in the Android codebase, which means that they will be available for any company that wants to create similar experiences. The Surface Duo is the thinnest Surface that Microsoft has ever created, and you can order it now from the Microsoft Store, Best Buy, and AT&T.

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