Following the announcement in October, Microsoft yesterday fully detailed the Surface Duo. In addition to the specifications, it opened pre-orders for Android Foldable. The company today shared a 35-minute demo video it gave to members of the press as part of its field for the Surface Duo.
Chief Product Officer Panos Panay is offering Microsoft the vision for “best” mobile productivity. The target audience cited includes “Surface Fans”, people who “love” Office / Teams / Outlook, and Android users.
I’m not trying to recreate the phone, but I believe this is a better way to do things, a better way to create, and a better way to connect to a mobile device.
While a controlled demonstration, the video offers a good look at the Surface Duo in action. There is a good overview of display modes and first-party applications that support it. A special feature is the Amazon Kindle app and page views from both sides. It̵7;s like reading a paper book, and Microsoft calls having an app on two “stretched” screens.
On the productivity front, Panay says:
… When you see things side by side, when you are working with two screens connected side by side, the brain turns on in a very different way. It lights up, it magnifies. You are able to achieve more, you are able to see more, to collect more.
After all, there is a short section where the design team talks about the equipment. There are “ultra-thin wires between two screens that carry data, power and control signals.” We also see the internal layout of the two batteries and other key components.
Overall, there is nothing new from October on this video demo, and the user interface / experience seems consistent, though this should absolutely be expected as the Surface Duo will ship in less than a month.
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