Some gadgets that have been waiting for a long time, I really dislike. First of all, because when they come out, you have to tell bad things about them. It is possible and even necessary to criticize new technologies, but personally for me it is somehow unpleasant, because they are all good in something. Regardless, it’s time to write another article about a device that I already thought would not be released. It would be the lesser of evils, but fate, or rather the leadership Microsoft, ordered otherwise. It looks as if someone decided that they needed to take their place in the last car of the departing train, and did everything to formally be in trend. It just turned out funny.
Well, who needs it?
When will Microsoft Surface Duo come out
Microsoft quietly and more importantly, has officially confirmed the price and release date of its first foldable device Android – the Surface Duo. Everything would be fine, and I am even very positive about the idea of folding devices, but what I did Microsoft I call a pathetic attempt to show the whole world something like “we can do that too”. But not so …
We've been teased with a book-like device for quite some time now. For the first time they started talking about it last year, but since then we have not seen the coveted gadget. Now the company has officially confirmed that the release is very close. This came from a Surface IT Pro blog post that revealed several other key specs of the device as well.
Well, you must admit that it's so-so …
The message has confirmed that Microsoft Surface Duo will be released on September 10, and its price will be as much as $ 1,399. Thus, the company will manage to surpass even Samsung in its optimism about the cost of new devices. But Koreans at least really have something new for the money, not a silly use of a hinge. Even if the price is justified in terms of production costs (the cost of components and the “expensive” hinge), the question is whether it was worth it to produce for that kind of money and how many units of the new gadget the company can sell. I don't think it will become a bestseller.
What is Microsoft Surface Duo
If you are not yet in the subject, why I am so indignant, I will tell you more about the device. It consists of two 5.6-inch displays, which when folded out will essentially become one large 8.1-inch PixelSense Fusion display. Unlike the first wave of foldable devices Android, the Surface Duo features a 360-degree hinge that allows displays to be placed on opposite sides. In some ways, this can be compared with notebooks of the Lenovo Yoga series.
The company makes us understand that the gadget presented today and going on sale on September 10 (there is no other way to call it) represents a new wave of mobile productivity, inspiring people to rethink the possibilities of what lies in their pockets. Surface Duo is the easiest way to multitask on the go. It combines the capabilities of Microsoft 365 and a complete ecosystem of mobile apps Android.
The displays of the novelty can be used in two versions. It can be a tablet-replacement device with one large 8.1-inch display, or a smaller 5.6-inch device. But in the second case, the screen will be on both sides. Why it is necessary and in what conditions it will be possible to use it, I do not presume to say. If only watching a movie from one device for those who are embarrassed to sit next to. There are no more normal explanations, because even working on such a screen will hardly be more convenient than on a folding smartphone, a regular tablet, and even more so a laptop.
The ability to use all applications Microsoft will probably be in the new device. They also made them free at least for some time when buying a gadget for $ 1399.
Surface Duo will ship with virtual desktop capabilities Windows, allowing you to run a full desktop operating system in the cloud. It can still be called a good function, but is it necessary to fence such a “Frankenstein” for it. Oddly enough, there was no mention of the characteristics of the device in the official documentation.
Foldable device from Microsoft
The foldable device is rumored to rely on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, which is already weird in 2020. Although, perhaps, by the release date, something will change and we will be offered a more adequate and new solution. If you want a top-end processor, put the Snapdragon 865. If you need something more affordable, it's better to choose the simpler, but new Snapdragon 76 5G. Although, what simplicity can we talk about at a price of $ 1,399?
It is also reported that, most likely, the new product will receive 6 GB of RAM and 64 or 256 GB of memory. Back in May, there were rumors that the battery capacity would be 3460 mAh, but, alas, there was no confirmation in the announcement.
The jumper on the screen is just a pain. The fold is much better.
Upon release Microsoft Surface, Duo will go on sale in several online and regular retail stores, as well as online at Microsoft Store. What's with sales in Russia is still unclear. We hope to find out more when the Surface Duo officially launches in the coming weeks. And I would also like to see the official presentation and see how this miracle will be praised from the stage. If you think that I am biased, tell me about it in the comments or in our Telegram chat.
At a time when manufacturers have already started making normal foldable smartphones, albeit with a fold on the screen, Microsoft decided to distinguish themselves and connect two screens with a terrible jumper between them. I already did something like this LG, but it didn’t work. It turns out that until you step on the rake yourself, you will not become smarter. I am with both hands for new gadgets and experiments, but not for these.