“The Surface Duo is bringing Microsoft back to smartphones, and I'm ready for it.”
Microsoft surprised the world by showing off the device during the annual Surface October 2019 hardware event in New York City, where journalists expected to see new products – the Surface Buds – and updates to existing laptop lines, including the new Surface Pro 7 and the Surface Pro X. We’d even heard rumors that a dual-screen PC was coming, which Microsoft delivered with the Surface Neo. (Heck, just read our roundup of everything Microsoft announced at the Surface event.)
No one imagined there could be a new Microsoft phone. Yet here it is.
The Surface Duo is essentially two 5.6-inch joined by a 360-degree hinge that’s hidden behind a polished slip of metal a mere 4.8 millimeters thick. Aside from a volume button and a power button, thin strips that sit on the left side of the device, the Duo is unmarred by cut outs, bumps, or other modules that give reviewers and customers fits. The multi-camera hump on the back of the new iPhone 11 Pro? There’s nothing like that here.
I spent some time with the Duo, folding and unfolding it. The action was effortless.