Microsoft gives us another look at the dual-screen Surface Duo

Surface Duo Android UI

Microsoft Surface Duo is getting ready for the market stage
faster than we thought and the dual-screen hardware has already
passed certifications in the US and Canada. Now, thanks to
another teaser posted by a Microsoft executive, we know that
the phablet will have a centred status bar.

The status bar icons will only be centred in the landscape
mode. The centred status bar will display a series of icons
that represent the status of certain settings, apps and also
services.

It’s also worth noting that only the display that is at the top
will render the icons for wireless connection, cellular
network, and notifications. It’s not yet clear whether
Microsoft will officially allow users to change the position of
the status bar, but you’ll be able to use third-party apps to
customize the experience.

Surface Duo bezels

As you can see in the above photo, Surface Duo comes with
chunky bezels and it’s apparently not because of the protective
cover.

When you eliminate the bezels, it would make a dual-screen
hinge-based device much harder to hold comfortably. While some
people hate large bezels, Surface Duo will be easier to hold,
multiple and also easier to unlock, thanks to the bezels.

Surface Duo is using AMOLED technology for two 5.6-inch
displays and it also includes an in-ear speaker for making
phone calls and a selfie camera on the right panel.

Surface Duo’s 360-degree hinge provides a number of use cases
and you can use both displays together as one large panel.

When you have to attend calls, the 360-degree hinge can simply
be opened entirely and unfolded outwards and the left display
will be deactivated.

Likewise, you can edit a Word document on the left screen while
working on your PowerPoint presentation on the right screen.
Thanks to Android’s built-in split-screen feature, you can also
run YouTube, Word, PowerPoint and WhatsApp simultaneously.

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