Microsoft Surface Duo


Microsoft Surface Duo
Microsoft Surface Duo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 8 x 2.8 GHz, Cortex-A76 / A55 (Kryo 485)
Graphics adapter
6144 MB 
8.10 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
128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash, 128 GB 
, or 256GB
1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: Dual Accelerometer, Dual Gyroscope, Dual Magnetometer, Dual Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Hall Sensor, USB-C
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
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
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
250 g ( = 8.82 oz / 0.55 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
1400 Euro



Average Score: 65.22% - average
Average of 9 scores (from 30 reviews)
price: 58%, performance: - %, features: 65%, display: 83% mobility: 69%, workmanship: 93%, ergonomy: 90%, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Microsoft Surface Duo

I don't like Microsoft's Surface Duo as a phone, but would love it as a tablet
Source: English
As I box up the Duo and wait to get my $1,500 back, I'm left feeling hopeful about the second or third generation Duo. Microsoft has found a way to bring the ease of pairing devices like a Surface Pen, and a seamless audio experience with the Surface Earbuds to a non-Windows device, and it's doing so with a completely novel design.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/05/2020
Microsoft Surface Duo Review: A dual-screen phone to love, if you give it a chance
Source: On MSFT English
3,000 words later, and this is what I have to say. Yes, the Surface Duo isn’t perfect. It has its bugs and is far from the monster smartphone, but if you give a chance, you’ll love it. Sure, the camera isn’t the best, but the real use cases for the Duo are with it’s dual-screens. It changes the way you use your phone.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/05/2020
Microsoft Duo Teardown - We lost a good one....
Source: JerryRigEverything English
Today we'll take apart the newest dual screened phone from Microsoft, and see how it works from the inside. The Duo has 2 screens, 2 batteries, but only 1 camera and one loud speaker... I wish there was more! Would you ever buy a dual screen phone?
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/30/2020
Microsoft Surface Duo took me on a roller coaster of emotions
Source: CNet English
Phones are like lifeboats, now. iPads ($270 at Back Market) and Chromebooks are classrooms. VR is my escape pod. Every device in my house has taken on a special purpose, connecting to schools, work, and everywhere else in some sort of insane clockwork dance. I pick my tools carefully. Experimentation happens, of course, but things need to work. This is the life of gadgets in our overburdened virtualized world, 2020.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/21/2020
Microsoft Duo Durability Test! - How Thin is too Thin?!
Source: JerryRigEverything English
As soon as I got this phone out of the box, I know I really, really liked it. Two screens for the price of... two? Perfect. Lets see if the Microsoft Surface Duo can handle the stress of every day life. The halves of this phone are super thin. When folded shut, it becomes as thick as a normal phone. We'll start off the durability test by opening up the Slim Pen. Then we'll scratch test the Duo along with the normal fire and bend tests. Should be fun!
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/18/2020
I bought a Microsoft Surface Duo – my thoughts (review)
Source: Ultrabook Review English
I can’t say it’s been a blast trying this gadget out. Normally I’m all over new ground-breaking technology, as I was first in line for the Asus Transformer tablet and AiO and have been part of dozens of Kickstarter campaigns in the past. But that’s the thing – this feels like I got something from a Kickstarter, but paid premium prices for it.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/17/2020
The Microsoft Surface Duo is Really Bad
Source: Droid Life English
I hate doing write-ups like these because I see the potential with Surface Duo. In fact, when I’m chillin’ on the couch at night and need only to watch Twitch or YouTube TV or browse Twitter or look at Instagram or catch-up on news, it’s pretty great. Having two screens this close to one another that move around with a really cool hinge system is an experience I could totally get used to. Using it to cook this weekend was fun, letting my kid play games and watch shows on it in play forts he had built all weekend was cool, and whipping it out just to fold and unfold is satisfying in ways a pen click will never top.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/14/2020
Surface Duo: Microsoft's dual-screen foldable Android smartphone draws mixed reviews
Source: International Business Times English
It might be too early to gauge how well the Surface Duo performs from a sales perspective, but it is one of the more unique products available right now. The handset is compatible with the Surface Pen stylus and the package includes a protective bumper. Microsoft has one more dual-screen device called the Surface Neo, which might likely be released in 2021.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/14/2020
Microsoft Surface Duo Review
Source: Mobile Tech Review English
Lisa Gade reviews the Microsoft Surface Duo, a dual screen folding Android phone that’s more innovative and enjoyable than you might expect. The Duo has 360 degree hinges and 2 OLED PixelSense 5.6” 1800 x 1350 displays that can be used individually or open as an 8.1” tablet. You can use 2 apps at a time and flick them front one screen to another, or span both displays. This is the thinnest smartphone on the market at 4.8mm (9.9mm closed). It works with the Surface Pen and Surface Slim pen and uses MPP (aka N-Trig) technology, so the Galaxy Note isn’t the only active pen smartphone option anymore. It has an 11MP camera, 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0 and a GPS. It runs Android 10 on the Snapdragon 855 and is available with 128 or 256GB storage. It’s compatible with AT&T, T-Mobile (and thus Sprint) and Verizon. Microsoft sells it unlocked and there’s an AT&T locked model. Pricing starts at $1,399, and like Samsung and Apple, Microsoft has a trade in program to help offset the price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/13/2020
Microsoft’s first Android device: Surface Duo!
Source: English
We cannot call the Microsoft Surface Duo a revolutionary product as similar devices are available in the market and the functionalities are somewhat similar like the LG Velvet and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. It is best to keep it on time to tell which formula among these is the winning formula for the future of smartphones.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/12/2020
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
Surface Duo Review: Double Trouble
Source: MrMobile English
What if a Microsoft Surface could fit in your pocket? That’s the question Microsoft has been asking (in some form or another) since well before the Surface brand ever hit the mainstream. From a marketing perspective, it’s a good narrative – better to lean on one of the company’s most successful consumer brands than risk invoking the dreaded carcass of “Windows Phone.” And enough companies have dipped their toe in the waters between smartphone and laptop over the years to suggest that maybe there’s some potential there – Samsung’s recent experiments with foldables being the most obvious example.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/10/2020
Microsoft Surface Duo review: An exciting, expensive, erratic affair
Source: Engadget English
Microsoft's Surface Duo is the first phone we've seen from the company in a while, and it's a strange device. Sleek and stylish, the Surface Duo looks like nothing so much as two phones stuck together, folding with a visible hinge down the middle, and that's essentially how it feels. The seam makes the Duo questionable as a tablet - most apps that span both screens don't format properly or have gaps - but the Duo makes using two apps at once a breeze. Tasks like emailing while updating your calendar, watching video while scrolling twitter, or making a video call while taking notes make you wonder how you ever managed with a single screen.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/10/2020
50% Microsoft Surface Duo
Source: PC Mag English
Microsoft's Surface popularized a new category: the 2-in-1 PC. Now Microsoft is hoping to do the same thing on a smaller scale with the Surface Duo, a $1,399 phone-tablet that tries to enable those multitasking, productive workflows that never quite happen on your single-screen handset. It's ambitious, certainly, but it's not entirely successful, with bugs and ergonomic issues that sometimes make the Duo confusing and frustrating to use. While it costs even more, the $1,999 Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is a much more successful example of a folding phone.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/10/2020
Rating: Total score: 50%
60% Microsoft Surface Duo review: Hot mess
Source: Android Central English
The Surface Duo is an ambitious, flawed first-generation product that showcases what's possible with new form factors without fully realizing them.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/10/2020
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% Microsoft Surface Duo review: A beautiful, bewildering $1,400 phone
Source: Tom's Guide English
The Microsoft Surface Duo feels truly innovative in how it’s built to help you get things done, but its myriad software inconsistencies, outdated hardware and subpar camera — all for an exorbitant price — betray its inspired design.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/10/2020
Rating: Total score: 60%
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

78% Surface Duo im Test: Microsofts gewagter Neustart mit Android und Dual-Display
Source: Computerbild German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/02/2020
Rating: Total score: 78%
Das Urproblem des Smartphones ist gelöst
Source: Windows United DE German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/28/2020
Source: Andrea Galeazzi Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/31/2020
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 65% display: 85% mobility: 68% workmanship: 96%
58% Recensione Microsoft Surface Duo
Source: Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/20/2020
Rating: Total score: 58% price: 50% features: 65% display: 80% mobility: 70% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 90%
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
Trên tay nhanh Surface Duo: Smartphone hai màn hình độc đáo của Microsoft, giá 50 triệu đồng
Source: Cell Phones VN→EN
Positive: Impressive design; solid workmanship; light weight; nice camera. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/18/2020
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


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.


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 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).

65.22%: 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)