Surface Duo Discussion Thread

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  1. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    They just keep announcing things! At the 2019 MS October Event, Panos Panay previewed a folding tablet that can make phone calls. Like a .. Surface Phone?? Except it runs Android!! :confused: The Surface Duo demo starts at 1:20:40 in the event video. Specs at the bottom of this post.

    Main features: two 5.6" (4:3) displays, 3:2 aspect when opened
    Android 10 at launch
    Super thin at under 4.8mm per panel
    Inking support (stylus not included)

    Available Holiday Season 2020, like the larger Surface Neo (Windows 10X)

    Update: well it's not the Holidays just yet, but the Surface Duo can be pre-ordered, and will be available in stores September 10, 2020. Full details on the official Store page.

    Jump to page 78 to start reading comments since the preorder page was made available, months after the announcement.

    Jump to page 163 to start reading early reviews and impressions.


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    it's the one on the left..

    Specifications from the store page:

    Dimensions:
    Open: 145.2 mm (H) x 186.9 mm (W) x 4.8 mm (T)
    Closed: 145.2 mm (H) x 93.3 mm (W) x 9.9 mm (T at hinge)

    Weight: 250 grams

    Display
    Combined: 8.1” AMOLED, 2700x1800 (3:2), 401 PPI
    Single: 5.6” AMOLED, 1800x1350 (4:3), 401 PPI

    Battery Life
    Up to 15.5 hours of Local Video Playback
    Up to 10 days of Standby Time
    Up to 27 hours of Talk Time
    Battery Capacity: 3577mAh (typical) dual battery

    Camera: Adaptive camera 11MP, f/2.0, 1.0 µm, PDAF

    Network and connectivity
    WiFi: WiFi-5 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz)
    Bluetooth 5.0
    LTE: 4x4 MIMO, Cat.18 DL / Cat 5 UL, 5CA, LAA
    One eSIM5 and one Nano SIM

    Ports: USB-C 3.1, supports DisplayPort over USB-C

    Processor: Snapdragon 855

    Storage and memory:
    128GB or 256GB UFS 3.0
    6GB DRAM

    Audio: Mono speaker, Dual Mic noise suppression

    Biometrics: Fingerprint reader
     
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  2. excalibur1814

    excalibur1814 Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Looks... Interesting. Not sure about the keyboard.

    Edit: Crappo thought this was the other thing/device.


    OMG! If I didn't have a Mate 20 x then this would be MINE! (Might still be)
     
  3. metalsiren

    metalsiren Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Daddy wants one :)
     
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  4. jhoff80

    jhoff80 Pen Pro - Senior Member Senior Member

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    Doesn't look to have any camera on the back, and just a tiny little front-facing one. Presumably if it had pen support they'd have shown that too, so I'd guess not. Not having an actual good camera on a phone is honestly a deal-breaker for me and many others these days so I'd hope I'm wrong.

    Both these folding devices looked more fully baked than I expected (and the phone was a surprise)... but I'm still most likely not interested in either.
     
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    efjay Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Wonder if they'll continue to give iOS preferential treatment after releasing this.

    Sent from my SM-N960F using Tapatalk
     
  6. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    Hmm... good point, since it's a Surface device I assumed it would have pen support. I'm still hopeful it does, but I agree, odd that they wouldn't mention it.

    Edit: it does support inking, see a few posts down
     
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  7. excalibur1814

    excalibur1814 Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    "Each display can also run two different apps at the same time, or the Duo can be turned into landscape mode, allowing the second display to be used as a keyboard or game controller."

    I would imagine that a lot of phone oems are now bricking themselves over this news. Such a simple idea, to run two apps side by side, or a second display being used as a keyboard/controller.

    If they can slap in a good camera... job done. Nearly an instant buy (When it hits £600 after a few months).
     
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  8. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    The Surface Duo demo starts at 1:20:40 in the event video.
     
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  9. Azzart

    Azzart Late night illustrator Senior Member

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    Shows pen usage at 1:37 circa.
     
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  10. Cuberdon75

    Cuberdon75 Scribbler - Standard Member

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    The product announcement video shows a pen being used at the end.

    Frankly it wouldn't make much sense without one.

    (Galaxy Fold needs an S-Pen STAT)
     
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