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Microsoft Surface Duo

Specifications

Microsoft Surface Duo
Microsoft Surface Duo
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 8 x 2.8 GHz, Cortex-A76 / A55 (Kryo 485)
Graphics adapter
Memory
6144 MB 
Display
8.1 inch 3:2, 2700 x 1800 pixel 401 PPI, Capacitive, native pen support, AMOLED, Single PixelSense™ Display: 5.6” 1800x1350 (4:3), 401 PPI, Corning Gorilla Glass, glossy: yes
Storage
128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash, 128 GB 
, or 256GB
Connections
1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: Dual Accelerometer, Dual Gyroscope, Dual Magnetometer, Dual Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Hall Sensor, USB-C
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, GSM, CDMA, UMTS, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 4.8 x 145.2 x 186.9 ( = 0.19 x 5.72 x 7.36 in)
Operating System
Android 10
Camera
Primary Camera: 11 MPix f/2.0, 1.0 µm, PDAF and 84.0° diagonal FOV optimized with AI
Additional features
Speakers: Mono, Keyboard: Virtual
Weight
250 g ( = 8.82 oz / 0.55 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
1400 Euro

 

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Average Score: 67% - average
Average of 3 scores (from 10 reviews)

Reviews for the Microsoft Surface Duo

71% Microsoft Surface Duo review: An exciting, expensive, erratic affair
Source: Engadget English
The Surface Duo is decent as a phone, quite bad as a tablet, and somewhat functional as everything in between. That is, when the software works as promised. But bugs and app incompatibility plague this $1,399 device, which will need monthly updates from Microsoft to fix its numerous issues.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/10/2020
Rating: Total score: 71%
60% Microsoft Surface Duo Review: Double Troubles
Source: The Verge English
Microsoft has gotten knocked out of the pocketable device games at least four times before — from WinCE to PocketPC to Windows Mobile to Windows Phone, this company is intimately familiar with failure. But in the Duo, I can see Microsoft learning from all those mistakes, and I’m glad to see the company back in the fight again. I hope that this first Surface Duo isn’t its last round.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/10/2020
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% Microsoft Surface Duo review
Source: Laptop Mag English
The Duo doesn’t know whether it’s a phone, tablet, high-tech Kindle alternative or a pocket-friendly computer, but that’s what makes the Surface Duo so endearing. The Duo challenges conventional thinking — does the Duo really need to fit into a box? The Duo’s “identity,” in my opinion, is being a funky foldable that doesn’t want to be pigeonholed.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/10/2020
Rating: Total score: 70%
Microsoft Surface Duo review: A two-screen Android phone that could change everything
Source: Yahoo English
At $1,399 and still buggy, the Surface Duo feels more like a demonstration of what Microsoft plans for its smartphone future. It’s similar to what the company did with its original Surface line, getting the idea out there, perfecting it over time, and finally, releasing a damn good product that rivals anything else on the market.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/10/2020
Unboxing Microsoft's Surface Duo: Here's what comes with the dual-screen phone
Source: CNet English
The Microsoft Surface Duo may be one of Microsoft's most unusual experiments. It's a dual-screened Android phone. And I have one. But for now, I'm just looking inside the box. A full review of the Duo is coming soon, but in the meantime I opened it up to see what's inside. I got a look at a see-through version of the Duo to peek at its circuits a few weeks ago, but didn't have the retail boxed device. We don't know the international price of the Duo yet, but its $1,399 price tag converts to about £1,070 or AU$1,960.
Hands-On, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/06/2020
Surface Duo: Windows and Android, together at last
Source: Engadget English
Dual-screen devices have always been held back by their software. From the Kyocera Echo and the Samsung Henessy, to the ZTE Axon M and Lenovo’s Yoga Book, companies have come close to delivering a physical design that might work. But in the real-world, these multi-display devices have failed to deliver. They’ve typically run a tweaked version of Android that has been woefully inadequate at making use of bigger screens, not to mention extra panels. Yet, Microsoft chose Android 10 to power its dual-screen debut, the Surface Duo.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/13/2020
Microsoft Surface Duo drops in September for $1399
Source: Engadget English
Almost a year ago Microsoft teased a pair of folding devices, the Windows-powered Surface Neo, and the Android-based Surface Duo. Since then we've heard little from the company about its foldable plans, but Microsoft just announced the smaller Surface Duo is available for preorder and will for sale on September 10th.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/12/2020
Would You Buy a Microsoft Surface Duo?
Source: Pocketnow English
On Pocketnow Daily, we have some deals on the 16in MacBook Pro, LG phones and more. Google just rolled out a bunch of updates to help you work and study from home. We have some quarter results for smartphone sales in the US and it looks like mid-rangers are on the rise. Foxconn says that they won’t be considering China as their global factory going forward. Apple’s supply chain just stated that the wide-angle lenses for the iPhone 12 won’t cause any delays. Finally, Microsoft FINALLY announced the Surface Duo.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/12/2020

Foreign Reviews

Surface Duo: двухэкранный Android-смартфон Microsoft за $1399
Source: Hitech Vesti RU→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high performance; decent autonomy. Negative: No NFC.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/12/2020
Microsoft chính thức bán ra Surface Duo: Màn hình kép OLED, Snapdragon 855, camera đơn, giá 1399 USD, lên kệ ngày 10/9
Source: Genk VN→EN
Positive: Nice dual display; decent processor; impressive design; great cameras.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/12/2020

Comment

Qualcomm Adreno 640: Graphics chip for smartphones and tablets that is intergrated within the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC. Qualcomm claims that it is 20% faster than the Adreno 630 in the Snapdragon 845 SoC and offers 50% more compute units (ALUs).

Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


SD 855: High-end SoC for smartphones that was introduced in late 2018 and manufactured in 7 nm at TSMC. Integrates one “Prime Core” based on a modified ARM Cortex-A76 architecture clocked at up to 2.84 GHz. Three more performance cores are also based on the A76 but clock up to 2.42 GHz. Furthermore, four energy saving cores are integrated that are based on the ARM Cortex-A55 architecture and clock at up to 1.8 GHz. In addition to the processor cores, the SoC integrates a X24 LTE modem (up to 2 Gigbit download), a new Wi-Fi modem (Wi-Fi 6 ready, 60 GHz mmWave), Hexagon 690 DSP with new Tensor cores for AI processing, a Spectra 380 ISP with an integrated computer vision engine and an integrated LPDDR4x memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


8.1":

This display diagonal is quite small for tablets.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


0.25 kg:

This weight is typical for smartphones.


Microsoft:

Microsoft smartphones and tablets have been tested since 2012. There are many reviews with average ratings. The reader's interest is quite given, but the market share is not big enough for the Top 5 smartphone manufacturers (as of 2016).


67%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

 

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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2020-09- 1)