Here’s our another look at the Microsoft Surface Duo

Surface Duo early look

Microsoft’s Surface Duo is like no other smartphone on the
market today. It’s more practical and durable than the Galaxy
Fold or Flip, and it is one of the most interesting phones of
2020.

Microsoft has partnered with Google to ensure a seamless and
fluid dual-screen Android experience. Both Google and Microsoft
have optimized the key apps to ensure stable dual-screen
experience and make Surface Duo a pretty conventional version
of foldable hardware.

While Surface Duo is still a few weeks away, scheduled to
launch on September 10 in the United States, some users
managed
to get their hands on the Surface Duo sample.

Surface Duo exterior

As you can see in the pictures above, this is a retail sample
of the Surface Duo without any limitations. These new photos
showcase Surface Duo’s glass exterior, how thin it is, and
the elegant design.

If you’re still unsure whether to pick up a Surface Duo for
yourself, Microsoft says customers can head to the nearest
AT&T and Best Buy stores later this month and get their
hands on a retail sample.

Surface Duo front panel

As we mentioned, Surface Duo is an Android phone and you can
download whatever you want from Google’s Play Store. By
default,
Surface Duo will come preinstalled with all Google apps and
an extensive list of productivity-centric Microsoft apps or
services, including Office, Outlook, OneDrive and Edge.

Surface Duo is largely an experimental product designed to test
the waters for potential dual-screen hardware. Traditionally,
those types of devices don’t receive major Android updates, but
Microsoft says its fully committed to this handset’s long-term
software support.

Surface Duo folded

Microsoft has already confirmed that it plans to support Duo
with OS and security updates for at least three years.

While that wouldn’t be an impressive support timeline by
Windows 10 Mobile standards, given that Microsoft supported all
Windows Phones for more than 5 years, it appears that
three-year update commitment is the new standard for Android
phones.

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