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Microsoft reveals dual screen device. And it's good

Dale Davies |
The Surface Duo is a two-screen folding phone and features two 5.6in screens resolution of 1800×1350 each joined together with a hinge that folds a full 360 degrees.


Essentially, the phone opens up like a book, but can then fold all the way round. It supports Surface Pen, and that the device itself is 4.8mm thin. Microsoft has previously pitched the Surface Duo as having the benefits of a phone, but also a computer on which you can do more because it has two screens. The Surface Duo is something between a folding phone and the interactive whiteboard of the Surface but it will be running Android rather than Windows 10.

The Surface Duo is expected to ship with a Snapdragon 855, as well as a tiny 6GB RAM, 64GB or 256GB storage option. There is a single 11MP camera sensor above the right display that will be used for both front and rear-facing photos and videos, Windows Central reported. The displays themselves are AMOLED panels with a pixel density of 401. Battery wise, the Surface Duo will come with a 3460mAh battery, which according to Windows Central sources is enough to get Surface Duo through the day.

Other features include USB C fast charging and a fingerprint scanner, but there will no wireless charging or NFC capabilities. A fingerprint sensor will provide users with a biometric method of accessing the device. The Duo has two 5.6-inch displays, almost equivalent to two iPhone XS screens, both with 1800x1350 resolution with 401 pixels per inch lower than the XS' 458 ppi. The Surface Duo will be powered by a 3460mAh battery. Some observers might have expected a more powerful battery as well as a more recent version of the Snapdragon line, the 865.

But Snapdragon 865 specs require a companion 5G chip, an element Microsoft could not accommodate without delaying production and overhauling the Surface Duo's layout. Two advantages of using the older Snapdragon 855, however, are lower power consumption and lower cost. A single 11MP camera will serve dual functions for both front and rear facing photography. The Surface Duo is expected to launch this summer. This is the first dueal screen device worth looking and buying.


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