Why the Microsoft Surface Duo already worries me as an Android user

    The Microsoft Surface Duo is a smartphone I haven’t examined but—however primarily based on what I do know, it already has me anxious. It’s considerably like the brand new crop of foldable telephones in that it may well fold and flip, and it runs Android 10 similar to the Galaxy Fold. It additionally calls for a sky-high worth just like the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Galaxy Z Flip

    But whereas folding telephones are pushing the boundaries of what a show can do, and charging costs to match, you’re not getting that with the Surface Duo. Instead you’re getting a dual-screened machine with big bezels that’s operating a model of Android overlaid with a heavy coating of Windows. That’s wonderful—a lot of Android telephones have customized skins—however the Duo is a Surface machine first and an Android one second, which is regarding. 

    Compared to a equally priced flagship machine just like the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, the Surface Duo already isn’t stacking up. If it’s a Surface, why doesn’t it have the most recent processor? If it’s a cellphone, why can’t you utilize it with one hand? Let’s look extra carefully on the issues I’m already seeing in specs, design, and capabilities.


    The Surface Duo could fold, nevertheless it’s not a foldable.

    Surface Duo specs: Falling brief

    The issues begin with the specs, evaluating them to the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Even on paper, Surface Duo isn’t trying so good:

    Surface Duo

    Dimensions (folded): 145.2 x 93.3 x 9.9mm
    Display: Dual 5.6-inch PixelSense Fusion AMOLED, 1800×1350, 401 PPI
    Processor: Snapdragon 855
    RAM: 6GB
    Storage: 128GB/256GB
    Camera: 11MP, f/2.0
    Battery: 3577mAh

    Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

    Dimensions: 166.9 x 76.0 x 8.8mm
    Display: 6.9-inch WQHD, 3200×1440, 120Hz, 496ppi
    Processor: Snapdragon 865
    RAM: 12GB LPDDR5
    Storage: 128GB/512GB
    Front digital camera: 40MP, f/2.2
    Rear digital camera: 12MP ultra-wide, f/2.2 + 108MP large, f/1.8, OIS, + 48MP telephoto, f/3.5
    Battery: 5,000mAh

    The Note 20 Ultra isn’t simply across-the-board higher than the Surface Duo, it’s additionally $100 cheaper. Plus, you get 5G, NFC, Wi-Fi 6, and wi-fi charging, none of which can be found on the Surface Duo. And if you wish to use the Surface Slim Pen to take notes, it’ll price you an extra $145. That’s an awfully excessive bar for entry right into a world that is nowhere close to innovative.

    surface duo two apps Microsoft

    The Surface Duo can run apps aspect by aspect, however a variety of Android telephones can try this.

    Surface Duo design: Feeling awkward

    The Surface Duo’s design is actually fairly. It has an impressively skinny glass-and-metal development that appears like a sturdy pocket book, and a 360-degree hinge that appears extraordinarily sturdy.

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