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Microsoft's Surface Duo 2 could be a lot more durable than the original

Surface Duo 2020 Hinge
Surface Duo 2020 Hinge (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • A new patent from Microsoft shows an impact-resistant hinge.
  • The hinge in the patent could appear on an upcoming Surface Duo.
  • The patent was filed in August 2020 and published on April 8, 2021.

Microsoft's next Surface Duo could have a more durable hinge. A recently filed patent by Microsoft shows an impact-resistant hinge that could help absorb any bumps or knocks that the device receives (via WindowsUnited). If it improves the durability of the Surface Duo, it could work well with the best Surface Duo cases. The patent was initially filed in August 2020 and was publishe don April 8, 2021.

The description of one of the figures from the patent states:

A bumper 112 (e.g., a grommet) is located between the first portion 102 and the body 114 of the hinge 106. The bumper 112 may be made from an impact resistant material (e.g., rubber or silicone). Thus, if the body 114 of the hinge 106 contacts the bumper 112 (e.g., by an overextension of the hinge 106), the bumper 112 will absorb some or all of the energy from the impact. This may help to protect the relatively more fragile material of the first portion 102 from being damaged.

There aren't many details about a successor to the Surface Duo, but reports and rumors give us some glimpses of what it could look like. Early in March, a job listing by Microsoft suggested that an upcoming Surface Duo could support 5G and have an improved camera. It's worth noting, however, that Microsoft makes several Surface devices, so a person could improve the cameras of the Surface line of PCs without working on the Surface Duo.

Microsoft also appears to be hard at work improving the app experience on the Surface Duo. Microsoft worked with Google to improve Flutter-based apps on foldable devices like the Surface Duo.

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17 Comments
  • This could potentially be good news. The 2nd generation, if it sees the light of day, could be the Duo everyone who wanted a device like this is waiting for. Given the current Duo has had some updates to improve the user experience and make the UI smoother overall, there shouldn't be any huge hiccups with the Duo 2 user experience, if any. Minor improvements here and there. I just feel MS will have had enough time to vastly improve the software and people should enjoy their experience out the box and not have to wait for updates to improve things that should work out the box.
  • I thought this thing was cancelled?
  • Where did you hear that?
  • I think they're confusing it with the Neo.
  • Neo was pushed to 2022. MSFT is trying to get Windows 10X out the door and switched to single-screen laptop form factor to introduce Windows 10X--mostly for the enterprise/education market that needs a modern more secure OS. Now pushing a form factor one year and then 2 years down the road is effectively killing the device. But MSFT is working the Duo and the dula screen form factor.
  • He's Just Trolling 🙄
  • Duo could be amazing, with great apps. The hardware is impeccable and will improve w/ v2. It's an odd paradox that a giant software company like Microsoft is being held back by lack of software. While I like my duo, I always feel like that cliché that we are only using 10% of our brain capacity. I think that's def true w/ the Duo in terms of using both screens. I think they should focus on getting MS Office to hum on dual screens. They should also focus on using it as a digital journal/note taking. (It would also be cool if they could make compelling games.) Those are use cases that set this form factor apart from candy-bar and incidentally also highlight some of MSs key strengths. But they never asked me.
  • I think your apps spanning both screens expectations are a bit unrealistic. Same with gaming. First get the phone and device parts right. NFC, wireless charging, better and more cameras are all way more important. Just not enough volume to make this a big app target for now. Even for Office, though in yes.of MS apps I agree with you
  • I respect your opinion but disagree. I'm not suggesting apps should span both screens, per se. Apple's success can be attributed to focusing on user experience, not specs. Who is MS's target audience and how can you differentiate Duo from a single screen device? The combination of good hardware and apps that work together to get something useful done is the deal. Cool hardware that adds expense and little functionality will quickly flame out. I hope MS can pull a rabbit out of their hat in 2021 or the Duo line will die as there is simply no compelling use-case for the added cost. ...and frankly, having a Duo sized device has it's downsides (like one-handidness) so the upsides (like ease-of-use) have to compensate.
  • I believe that Apple success is not because are focusing just on the user experience,there is only one company that makes iOS devices,if you want an iPhone there is only one choice and for the price you pay they use the best hardware there is out there.
    Even if they don't have to.But in android world the buyer for a premium device has hundreds of choices.
    So hardware in android world do matter the most.
    So Microsoft surface Duo even if it brings somehow new user experience no one outside curious users or developers will buy something so expensive with so dated hardware compared to 2021 premium android devices.
  • I agree with your point to a degree. While better cameras and wireless charging would be a nice addition, it's not the most important aspect for this device. It was and is geared more towards business and enterprise. I think the issue is that many people see this device as a consumer device and that has never been the true focus of this device. Using Android was a good move for app purposes, though. I can agree that having a better camera would be nice and useful in business. With that said, with the Duo being a business focused device, NFC isn't necessarily going to be a focus. I don't think most people will, at least shouldn't be, adding their personal bank cards to a business issued phone. NFC for that purpose on a business focused device is moot, IMHO. ANY info you input into that device is subject to be recovered and viewed by the controlling party. Additionally, I'm not sure corporate cards, specifically government issued cards would allow it. I've had similar thoughts about this device initially, because my thought was, MS has to understand that the average consumer will want this device. But, having thought about why MS created this device, it had nothing to do with consumers, albeit, consumers will likely buy it.
  • I agree with your point to a degree. While better cameras and wireless charging would be a nice addition, it's not the most important aspect for this device. It was and is geared more towards business and enterprise. I think the issue is that many people see this device as a consumer device and that has never been the true focus of this device. Using Android was a good move for app purposes, though. I can agree that having a better camera would be nice and useful in business. With that said, with the Duo being a business focused device, NFC isn't necessarily going to be a focus. I don't think most people will, at least shouldn't be, adding their personal bank cards to a business issued phone. NFC for that purpose on a business focused device is moot, IMHO. ANY info you input into that device is subject to be recovered and viewed by the controlling party. Additionally, I'm not sure corporate cards, specifically government issued cards would allow it. I've had similar thoughts about this device initially, because my thought was, MS has to understand that the average consumer will want this device. But, having thought about why MS created this device, it h