Samsung is readying the second generation of its foldable
Galaxy Z Flip with better hardware, but Surface Duo is still
the most practical solution to multi-tasking problems that have
plagued Android devices with larger screens, especially
Surface Duo consists of two 5.6-inch screens, joined by
360-degree hinges. Together, the Duo expands to an 8.1-inch
panel with a hinge still running down the middle.
Microsoft’s first-ever Android device is incredibly slim and
it’s only 4.8 mm thick when opened or 9.9 mm when closed. For
comparison, the original Galaxy Fold is 15.5 mm when closed up
or 6.9 mm when opened flat.
Samsung hasn’t shared the details of the Galaxy Fold 2 yet, but
it’s also expected to be as thick as the first-generation
Thanks to a new photo shared by YouTuber MKBHD,
we now have an early glimpse of the Surface Duo that helps
highlight why Microsoft’s solution is special. As you can see
in the photo below, Surface Duo is only slightly thicker than
the Samsung Note 20 Ultra’s camera bump.
To achieve this ultra-thin form factor, Microsoft had to split
the battery across two packs, one in each half of the device.
The 3,577 mAh battery is squeezed inside the incredibly thin
body of the Duo.
Microsoft has also created its smallest 360-degree hinge to
support the design of the Surface Duo.
The result is dual-screen hardware that’s definitely skinny and
sleeker than other foldable phones. Unfortunately, this
ultra-thin design demanded some compromises. For example,
Microsoft was forced to use a single camera module because
there isn’t space in there for multiple cameras.
While the phone comes with only one 11-megapixel camera module,
the camera performance is not at all terrible.
The Surface Duo goes on sale in the second week of September
and it’s priced at $1,399 but
you can get it for $1,299 if you pre-order the device from Best