However, as intrigued as I am, I can already see some potential issues with the Surface Duo. For one, typing can be a little annoying in certain orientations. If you click a text field on the left screen in booklet mode, you will get a one-handed keyboard, which matches the left finger. This seems like a good idea, but I can not imagine pressing too much with a single finger, and it seems very difficult to tilt with the right hand. Instead, you will need to turn the Duo all around in landscape mode to get a large keyboard suitable for both fingers. You can also use any Surface Pen to take notes, but this is something you will have to buy separately and keep in your pocket, as there is no way to attach it to the Duo.
Microsoft is going directly against the multi-camera smartphone trend. The Surface Duo has only a single 11-megapixel shooter mounted on its proper display. It looks like a typical front lens – to use it as a rear camera, you just have to fold the screen back. While Microsoft says the Duo has portrait mode and can shoot multi-frame HDR photos, it’s all software-based. Will not be able to take advantage of different lens lengths like other premium smartphones. No night shooting modes are mentioned, so you can probably forget about good low light performance. While Microsoft could still end up surprising us with the camera, the specifications do not give me much hope.
The Surface Duo may also seem a bit odd now that Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Z Fold 2, its third attempt to make the phones work flexibly. But Panay, always the man of the company, thinks there is a very clear reason why Microsoft decided to build devices with two separate screens, connected by hinges. “I believe in windows,” he said. “I believe in winding.” The company has found that users have many different tasks when they can organize their work on two separate screens, instead of a single screen. And of course, it also helps the Duo to be much cheaper than the original Galaxy Z Fold, which costs well over $ 2,000 (we still don’t know the price of the Z Fold 2). The $ 1,380 Galaxy Z Flip is a bit more reasonable, but the smaller screen is not as useful as that of the Surface Duo.
You can pre-order the Surface Duo at the Microsoft Store, AT&T and Best Buy. It will also work on T-Mobile and Verizon networks if you use a disconnected model.