On October 2, 2019, Microsoft unexpectedly revealed the mythical Surface phone, now known as the Surface Duo. The Duo combines two screens with an incredible hinged assembly, allowing for 360 degrees of rotation. The device runs Android, complete with the Google Play Store and support from Google itself. The Duo is expected to begin shipping September 10, 2020, with a starting price of $1,399.
Review: Surface Duo is exciting and promising, but it's not quite ready
The Surface Duo promises to change how we can work when mobile, and for the most part, it holds up. With better than expected battery life and a unique dual-screen experience, Surface Duo has promise. But the OS has too many bugs, performance limitations, and hardware drawbacks, making it difficult to recommend to anyone who isn't a hardcore Surface fan.
Surface Duo FAQ: All the details you need to know
The Microsoft Surface Duo arrives on September 10th in the United States. There's a lot that is unique about Microsoft's first dual-screen Surface, and first attempt at Android. We put together all the frequently asked questions (FAQ) about this new productivity device, including price, OS, display tech, LTE bands, carriers, and pre-installed apps.
Four tips to make Surface Duo feel smoother for navigation
Since Surface Duo runs Android 10, there are multiple ways to customize it and improve it to your liking. Here are four simple tips that change how the OS feels and may even make it all feel smoother. All it takes is 3 minutes.
Reattach the bumper for Surface Duo as often as you want for $5
If you thought about removing the bumper for Surface Duo and worry about reattaching it - or having to buy a new one - this $5 trick will fix you right up.
The Surface Duo is scratched, bent, and burned, all in the name of science
The Surface Duo gets burned, scratched, cut, and bent in JerryRigEverything's latest teardown. Here's how Microsoft's folding device stands up to the torture.
Project Andromeda: The secret history of Windows on Surface Duo
Here at Windows Central, we've been following Microsoft's Surface Duo project for quite some time. We first wrote about Microsoft's dual-screen pocket PC efforts under the codename Andromeda in 2017, and I had started hearing about the project a considerable time before then. It was originally going to be a Windows device, and kickstart Microsoft's mobile efforts with a brand new,...
Here's how Microsoft News got transformed for the Surface Duo
Microsoft Garage interns spent several months working together to optimize the Microsoft News app for the Surface Duo. The team performed studies and experiments to determine the best ways to utilize the displays of the Surface Duo.
The Barnes & Noble Nook app's two-column mode works great with Surface Duo
We're slowly seeing more apps adopt support for Surface Duo since its launch, and the latest is the official Nook reader app from Barnes & Noble. Like Amazon's Kindle app, Nook lets you treat Duo like a book with page-flipping animations across its two screens.
Microsoft Garage project Sketch 360 comes to Surface Duo
Sketch 360, a Microsoft Garage app, originally made its debut on Windows 10. Now it's available and optimized for Surface Duo, letting you create 360-degree panoramic sketches.
How to use handwriting recognition with Surface Duo and Gboard
Although most people will opt to type on Surface Duo, for those who enjoy true "notetaking" and want to use a Surface Pen, you can with Google Gboard. Here is how to set it up and see it in action.
Kensington Belt Holster for Surface Duo review: It gets the job done
If you work outdoors, wear gloves, or can't access your pockets due to equipment, the $35 Kensington Belt Holster for Surface Duo is an excellent solution. While regular consumers won't like the design, those who want a pragmatic industrial solution to carrying Microsoft's dual-screen mobile device around will appreciate what it can do.
Battleship on Surface Duo is kind of brilliant
Surface Duo doesn't have to be all work and no play. A developer has built a web-based version of Battleship that takes advantage of the new Surface's dual displays, and it's kind of brilliant.
Google Maps now plays nice with Surface Duo's dual screens
The Surface Duo's hinge is no longer a barrier to navigating with Google Maps. The latest update to Maps brings support for Duo's dual screens, adjusting maps and information to work around the hinge.
Need a Surface Duo skin? SopiGuard has you covered.
If you want to add a little more flair to your Surface Duo, a skin can go a long way. SopiGuard has a ton of different skin designs available and shipping right now.
Take a closer look at the Surface Duo with Microsoft Mechanics
Microsoft Mechanics shares how the company overcame challenges to create the Surface Duo in a new video. The video runs through the creation of the Surface Duo's hardware and software.
Surface Duo, Xbox xCloud, and Stadia make for a hell of a co-op contraption
Surface Duo is very much aimed at productivity, but no one said you can't have a little fun along the way. A Reddit user has shown off their Duo running both Xbox Cloud Streaming and Google Stadia at the same time, opening up some interesting (albeit ridiculous) possibilities for co-op gameplay on the go.
Surface Duo bumpers appear at Best Buy in rainbow of colors
It looks like you'll soon be able to get your hands on new Surface Duo bumper colors. Best Buy has posted listings for Ember, Ice Blue, and Graphite colored bumpers, but they're shown as "sold out" right now.
Buying a Surface Duo? These are the best accessories (so far)
A revolutionary form factor requires new accessories. Enhance your dual-screen Microsoft Surface Duo experience with these must-have add-ons for early buyers.