Microsoft Surface Duo: Who is it really for?
Opinion post byHadlee Simons
When we first saw the Microsft Surface Duo last year it came as anything of a surprise.A tablet-phone-hybrid operating Android?That would've been enough of a shock, but Microsoft's resolution to adopt a dual-screen design in its place of jumping on board the foldable bandwagon made it even more interesting.It's taken ages, but Microsoft is now able to ship the Surface Duo beginning next month. However, the device we're in fact getting is a bit of confusing to say the least. The price, specs, and idea behind the Surface Duo have all polarized observers, which makes us wonder: who is that this "phone" basically for?
elite flagship phones and capsules. Instead, the Surface Duo sits roughly consistent with top-tier Android contraptions released in 2019.The Surface Duo's Snapdragon 855 processor continues to be a powerful piece of silicon for system performance, superior gaming, and perusing, but it's a iteration behind the Snapdragon 865 (or three if you are counting the Plus variants). You're also getting 6GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of fixed garage. The latter in all fairness ordinary, but most flagship Android phones — as a minimum those not made by Google — start at 8GB RAM and go up to a excellent 16GB in rare cases.The Surface Duo is as appealing as it is complicated.
It's when you delve into anything else of the spec sheet that the deficiencies become much more obvious, though. A 3,577mAh battery, maximum 18W wired charging, no NFC, no 5G, a single camera, and no microSD garage. Yikes.Some of those compromises like no microSD garage and slow wired charging aren't remarkable in the flagship space. There are other omissions too — like water resistance and instant charging — which are somewhat understandable for what's a primary-new release product.But it takes a lot of courage to ask $1,400 for a device that's missing some basics, is powered by last year's silicon, has a single camera, and a meager battery that's anticipated to power two OLED monitors.This does not seem to be a device for basic phone enthusiasts who want distinctive cameras, high refresh rates, the most recent high-end chipset, oodles of RAM, and other extras to justify the $1,000+ price tag.See also: The best Surface Pro deals
The hardware picture doesn't look great on paper, but Microsoft isn't advertising the Surface Duo as the main helpful mobile device the realm has ever seen.Instead, the Redmond giant hopes to — along the Surface Neo — usher in the age of twin-screen design and fundamentally change the best way we interact with our mobile devices.The basic idea is something we have seen before. Phones like 2017's ZTE Axon M and LG's recent flagships (with the help of a Dual Screen accessory) pull off the handy means to use one app across both displays or an app on each screen. So, if the Surface Duo's hardware isn't pushing the needle of innovation, that just leaves us with the software.We've seen a number of cases in the past where phone brands break out with charging a premium for a good software adventure baked into standard hardware. One of the more famous examples is Google's Pixel series.We've also seen Apple's less expensive iPhones offer little in the way in which of additional hardware, but providing comparatively cheap access to iOS and the Apple program environment at large.a rather cool watch in some cases, particularly seeing the Kindle app working more like a book.It's that last characteristic that splits app capability around the two displays that has the most advantage though.As an instance, Microsoft has shown that Surface Duo users may be in a position to check out photos in OneDrive, viewing the photo on one screen and anything else of the gallery on the second display.The Surface Duo appears to be a lot smarter than other dual-screen devices.There are a lot of ways app makers could use this capability. Imagine having your email inbox open on one screen and composing a message on any other, or touching up a photograph on one monitor while having all your enhancing tools on any other, or having a live stream feed on one screen and a chat window or screen share feed on any other.These are all practical solutions to multi-tasking issues that have plagued Android devices with larger monitors, especially pills.We'll have to wait to get our hands on the phone-tablet-hybrid to see what other particular application tweaks Microsoft has baked into its latest Surface product. However, it's pretty clear from what we've seen so far that the Surface Duo — like anything else of the Surface family — is aimed squarely at productiveness-concentrated specialists and creatives.Unfortunately, there's an alternate nascent form factor that's also searching to ensnare that very same user base: foldables.Huawei Mate XS and Samsung Galaxy Fold already offer a tablet-sized experience that will fast be folded into a cellphone-sized form factor when handy. In other words, you've got the core experience of the Surface Duo here in a very basic sense — albeit with one enormous screen and no hinge.Google has also worked hard to make Android 10 play nicely with foldable phones. More in particular, Android 10 will instantly resize the system UI and supported apps when going from phone to pill screen. Toss in Android's native split-screen aid with drag-and-drop aid for content and it seems like you've got a in a similar way helpful adventure as the Surface Duo that already has Google's backing for long run assist.
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In saying so, there are still a few kinks on the foldable front that the Surface Duo's design manages to stay away from. After the Fold launch debacle, durability is the large one. Samsung has outfitted the imminent Galaxy Z Fold 2 with ultra-thin glass to help matters, but in line with our event with the Galaxy Z Flip it's still no alternative for real glass. Current foldables aren't compatible with stylus pens just yet either, as a result of screen durability issues.Meanwhile, the Surface Duo's two displays are made from Gorilla Glass and the Duo is designed to work perfectly with the Surface Pen accessory.Time will tell if the Surface Duo's more purposeful ergonomics prove to be more productive than a higher wave of stylish, futuristic foldables."
Dated : 2020-10-23 12:49:02
Category : Opinions