Microsoft Mechanics dives deep into Surface Duo (video)

Surface Duo
Surface Duo (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • A new video from Microsoft Mechanics runs through the design process of the Surface Duo.
  • The video goes over the creation of the device's software and hardware.
  • Microsoft had to overcome several challenges caused by the Surface Duo's unique form factor.

Microsoft shares a deeper look into its Surface Duo in a recent video by Microsoft Mechanics. Vineet Thuvara, Senior Director of Program Management for the Surface team, runs through the Surface Duo's hardware and software alongside host Jeremy Chapman.

Thuvara explains how people from around the world worked together to deliver the device's software and hardware. The dual-screen form factor is quite unique, and Thuvara explains how Microsoft utilized that form factor with the Android operating system.

The video has timestamps from Microsoft, so you can easily jump to a specific segment:

  • 00:00 - Introduction
  • 00:23 - Check out all the 'firsts' Microsoft Duo represents
  • 01:46 - Dual screen
  • 02:44 - Device postures: book mode, pen and inking, and tent mode
  • 04:53 - Engineering challenges: thickness, dual topology, and posture aware
  • 07:57 - Specs of Duo
  • 08:46 - Battery life
  • 09:07 - Hinge design
  • 10:07 - Manageability and Security
  • 11:20 - Learn more links

Making the Surface Duo required Microsoft to re-engineer its manufacturing process, optimize its apps, and design an experience that would work across the device's form factor. Around the 5 minute mark, the video goes through some of the engineering challenges required to make the Surface Duo, including making its asymmetric batteries work together.

The unique form factor also challenges case makers; even the best Surface Duo cases require more engineering than standard device cases. Several of them have to flip, fold, and rotate to match the unique form factor of the Surface Duo.

Microsoft Surface Duo


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  • Reading and watching this on the right screen on my Surface Duo while reading Daniel Rubino's Twitter reply on the left screen. "lol, gawd my hair" Indeed, time does fly, especially when you are hanging fun.
  • And I see that you are using Swiftkey. :D Have in there! ;)
  • Swiftly is the best keyboard on the fiddle play store, bat bone.
  • I guess you're trying to make a point but I just swiped the sentence you appear to be mocking on SwiftKey and it got everything exactly right. Maybe some people just can't type very well.
  • SwiftKey is hit and misses.
  • Hardware is not the issue with the Duo (well not counting the anemic RAM). Too bad the software is half baked right now.
  • It's definitely not half baked.. It's honestly 90% baked. It needs a few more tweaks, regarding optimizations and BT compatibility, but other that that it runs very well. You can use it all day without one issue. It's a totally fine working device, and it's literally more stable and polished than my Note9 was when it first came out. Of course, reviewers got a much worse impression of it because Microsoft sent it out with a less polished build, so that's why everyone thinks it's bad.. But, that last update obviously fixed a lot, because all of us members in the Surface Duo Central Facebook group are having a very enjoyable experience with it. This first generation Duo is already an awesome device. I think it can still get better with a few updates. I agree with the RAM part. It should've been at least 8gb of ram, just to insure no issues. (typed on my Surface Duo, of course)
  • it's not bad as the reviewers made it. they only had a good build like 3-4 days before release date. and by then they had already written their reviews and moved on to the other devices they have to review. the people who actually bought the device have had multiple updates already and it works really well. the only major bug I can see is regarding the screen rotation lock feature. it's broken. it only locks apps in the portrait mode. not the mode you choose. so if you to rotate the Surface Duo so that one screen is on top and the other screen is below, you'll get the keyboard on the bottom screen. at which point, depending on how you move your arms, the screens might rotate. so you would think that if you hit rotation lock, you can keep this position. but no.... when you hit rotation lock, the app rotates to portrait mode and the keyboard goes to portrait mode on the other screen.
  • Microsoft Surface Scribe
  • I think the name “Surface Scribe” would have helped with the buggy software.
  • My Surface Duo arrived today to Poland and it works great, so far have not experienced any mishaps. RAM ok, it might be a bit more but still works nice! 😁