Announcing the specifications and when the Surface Duo will be on the market – folding in the style of Microsoft
News unit EMGblog.com: less than a year ago in October 2019 , the company Microsoft along with introducing two Windows tablets and the third generation of Surface laptops, two folding devices called Surface Neo and Surface Duo to displayed The first one was in the field of laptops with an Intel processor and a variant of the Windows operating system, and Duo also reported Microsoft’s approach to the field of Android folding phones. Last October, Microsoft announced little information about the Duo and postponed the presentation of more information until the presence of this device in the market. As the date of Surface Duo is approaching To the market, complete information is now available, which confirms many previous speculations.
By showing the first pictures of Surface Duo’s pointed criticism was aimed at Microsoft’s design team from the very beginning; A product that despite many claims about efficiency and productivity different from normal devices, practically even by the standards of a year ago, it did not have much to say at least in terms of design and in the presence of much more attractive examples such as Samsung Galaxy Fold and especially Huawei Mate X (with a composition almost similar to Duo), clearly in It was in a lower position. The use of two completely separate screens that are connected to each other with a hinge in the center, together with the thick borders at the top and bottom of the screen, gives this model an old and conservative form, which gives a small chance to choose this product compared to full-screen folding models with bendable screens.
One positive thing about this device, which was mentioned at the beginning, is its small thickness even when closed, which still provides a good condition even compared to today’s folding devices; The thickness of this model when open is only 4.8 mm, and when the two screens are placed on top of each other and the phone is closed, it reaches a maximum of 9.9 mm (at the hinge location). The width of the device when closed is 93.3 mm, which reaches 186.9 mm after opening. The length of the phone is 145.2 mm. According to the mentioned dimensions, it is clear that we are dealing with a very large product, which will probably have a very high weight; In practice, however, the weight of Duo has not increased much due to the use of small screens and of course its small battery volume, and it has been announced as 250 grams.
Duo uses two 5.6-inch full HD+ screens (1350×1800 pixels) of the AMOLED type, which use a strange aspect ratio of 4:3, and by being placed together in open mode, something Similar to an 8.1-inch panel with a ratio of 3:2 and a resolution of 1800 x 2700 pixels. An unannounced version of Gorilla Glass is used on these two screens, which protects them from damage and scratches. This cover is also repeated in the external part of the device. A special feature of this device is its 360-degree rotation, which creates new uses for it, and the support of both screens of the Surface Pen is also interesting.
The main camera of the device is an 11-megapixel model equipped with phase detection autofocus and f/2.0 aperture, which has relatively small 1-micron pixels and digital ROM up to 7 times, HDR capability and 1080p and 4K video recording. It supports 30 and 60 frames per second. This camera, which is the only camera in this phone, also has digital stabilization or EIS, and due to the possibility of rotating the screen, it can also be used as a selfie camera.
One of the most controversial points about Duo is its processing part, where with the presence of Qualcomm’s three-generation processor, that is Snapdragon 855 Not much is expected from this series compared to its competitors . Microsoft has no desire to be among the big names in terms of RAM memory, and its 6 GB of RAM seems very small even by last year’s standards, especially considering the multitasking use of the device. Two different 128 GB or 256 GB memories are considered for Duo, both of which are UFS 3.0 type.
In the communication options section of this model, as you can easily guess, there is no news of 5G and there is no other choice but to rely on 4G LTE. The maximum speed of SIM card exchanges of this model under LTE Cat.18 reaches 1.2 Gbps in download and 150 Mbps in upload with Cat.5. Dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5 and GPS/Galileo/GLONASS/BeiDou/QZSS routers make up the device’s other means of communication, and apart from the absence of a headset jack, there is no NFC.
The battery of this product has a capacity of only 3,577 mAh, which does not seem so great for a device with two screens. The official times of this battery from Microsoft include 15.5 hours of video playback. From the internal memory, 10 days of stand-by operation and 27 hours of talk time are available, of course, all of them were recorded in laboratory conditions. This battery is charged through the USB-C port and with an 18-watt charger, and there is no mention of the charging speed.
Surface In the software department, Duo uses the Android 10 operating system and a personalized user interface, which, from Microsoft’s point of view, has a high capacity to change conditions in favor of this company in terms of efficiency and productivity. Microsoft has also announced a special API for dual-screen applications that will be available to developers in the future. In this model, programs such as the Office suite and OneDrive have been specially changed to fit the design of the device, and some programs from other developers, such as Amazon’s Kindle, have also been optimized for these two screens.
Microsoft Surface Duo is scheduled to be released on September 10 (September 20, 2019) through AT&T, T Mobile, and Verizon operators at a price of $1,399 in the US market, and information about its presence in global markets has not yet been published. Considering this very high price due to the old design, small screens with thick borders, not supporting 5G and NFC, a processor that is almost 2 years old, low RAM memory and finally the lack of stereo speakers, memory slots and IP resistance level. It leaves a big question mark in front of the future of this product and the goal of its designers. Microsoft, of course, seems quite satisfied with the result of its work, because Panos Panay (Panos Panay), responsible for the devices and Windows department at Microsoft, refers to the Duo as “one of the most attractive devices we have ever made”!