Microsoft’s Duo Creator Explains: Why Two Screens?

The long-awaited Surface Duo is finally going on sale. Microsoft’s dual-screen Android phone and Iphone Cases goes on pre-order today for a hefty $1,399, with a plan to appear in computer stores and at AT&T on September 10.

Microsoft has been teasing the Duo since October 2019. The final version of the phablet runs Android 10 on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and has two 1,800-by-1,350, 5.6-inch screens that can bend into nearly any configuration on a 360-degree hinge, including a book, a laptop, a table tent, or a large phone.

Microsoft’s chief product officer, Panos Panay, said Microsoft tested the hinge to “millions of cycles” because “the product has to feel the same year three as it does day one.” If the Samsung Galaxy Fold debacle is anything to go by, that’s a wise idea on LG Cases.
Closed, the Duo measures 5.70 by 3.67 by 0.40 inches (HWD). Opened, it’s only 0.18-inch thick, but it doesn’t sound like it’s fragile, as the hinge bends all the way back and the screen is covered in Gorilla Glass.

The Duo has 6GB of RAM, either 128GB or 256GB of storage, and a 3,577mAh battery that promises 15.5 hours of video playback.

Panay played up how the dual screens create different physical windows so you can do two things at once, rather than just opening the Duo up into a big tablet.