The long-awaited Surface Duo is a dual-screen device that will be equipped with a pair of 5.6-inch AMOLED displays with a resolution of 1350 x1800. When fully opened, the user can use an 8.3-inch screen, despite a hinge in the middle.
Developers of Microsoft and Google and third-party applications have been optimizing Android for the device. The duo is expected to receive Android 11 within a few months after launch.
According to Windows Latest, one of the two adjustments allegedly made to Android phones will enhance the Microsoft Launcher experience in landscape mode. This will improve the transmitter’s working conditions in the horizontal direction, and it is said to take advantage of the extra screen size provided by Duo.
The second change is a new feature called “Application Group”, which allows users to launch two applications on the dual-screen with a single tap. Surface Duo users can pre-select a pair of apps that he or she often uses together. For multi-tasking Duo owners, this will be a good way to save time.
According to reports, Microsoft initially expected to launch during the 2020 holiday shopping season and is said to be working hard to launch the Surface Duo before the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 is announced on August 5. For those who always want to have the latest and greatest components on new phones, these specifications may be problematic. For example, Duo is expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 855 mobile platform.
The 7nm chip was widely used on last year’s flagship Android phone. Although many people may not think it is difficult, Surface Duo is considered a production-efficient device, and for phones with a generation of old chipsets, the price may be relatively high.
The duo is rumored to have 6GB memory and 64GB or 256GB storage space. A separate 11MP camera may be located above the screen on the right and can handle regular photos, videos, and selfies.
The duo may eventually disappoint those who want devices with longer battery life. There was a rumor that the 3460mAh battery capacity will allow you to spend a day, but you must remember that the battery can meet the power requirements of the two screens.
But it seems that the refresh rate will not be faster than the standard 60Hz, and there is no 5G power connection. After letting go of the handset, we will have to check whether the battery is fully charged.
If the previous patent application was prescient, then the hinge on Duo will be able to determine the position of the screens relative to each other, and the UI will be changed appropriately. For example, when the phone is in “tent mode” (like an inverted V), the hinge will know that the screen is in that position and change the UI to support the alarm clock on the bedside table.
In the “laptop mode”, the device is like a laptop, fixed in a landscape with two screens at a 90-degree angle. The bottom screen will display the virtual QWERTY keyboard.
Microsoft decided to use Android for its first phone for the first time in years, instead of returning to Windows Phone. Although the latter has its fans and is very smooth, the so-called “application gap” prevents the operating system from invading any market share owned by Android and iOS.
To some extent, this is a vicious circle; developers will not create a Windows Phone version of the application, because no one buys a mobile phone. And no one buys a mobile phone because the applications they use are not suitable for the platform.
Like the previous BlackBerry, Microsoft realized that all the worries related to the application gap disappeared after they abandoned their operating system and were replaced by Android.
It is believed that Microsoft has made the Surface Duo compatible with the Surface Pen, which may make it more suitable for corporate users than the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 or Galaxy Z Fold 2, while neither Samsung nor the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 include the S Pen.