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Watch Surface Duo get ripped apart to expose the simplicity of its hinge

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

What you need to know

  • YouTuber JerryRigEverything recently tore down the Surface Duo to get a look at how its hinge works.
  • The hinge mechanism is surprisingly simple.
  • The Duo, unfortunately, did not survive. RIP.

We've previously seen the Surface Duo get torn down by the folks at iFixit, showing just how difficult it is to repair. Now, YouTuber JerryRigEverything has done his own Surface Duo teardown with a different goal in mind: getting to that hinge. If you're sensitive to seeing smartphone guts torn apart, you may want to avert your eyes on this one.

Just to get it out of the way now: The Surface Duo does not survive this procedure. As it turns out, the foldable phone is very hard to open up without causing any damage, and the screen gets damaged nearly right away. However, by the end of the teardown, we get a look at the Surface Duo's surprisingly simple hinge.

As JerryRigEverything notes, the hinge largely made up of two metal pieces that don't have any moving parts. This keeps bits of debris from getting inside of the hinge and gumming things up, which was a major downside to Samsung's first Galaxy Fold.

If you want to check out a Surface Duo for yourself — presumably without ripping it apart — it's available to order now starting at $1,400.

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Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

8 Comments
  • Painful to watch.
  • That's just the stupidest thing I've ever seen even if he got the device for free (guessing) and if he got it free, it's the most disrespectful thing to do to the company that provided it. If he spent his money on it to do this then he must be loaded!
  • Umm, that's his entire channel/schtick is tearing down phones and gadgets to see how well they are built, easy to repair, and general insights about the hardware: "I review technology from the inside with smartphone durability tests and teardown videos!" He has over 6 million subscribers and, tbh, is quite entertaining.
  • His channel is about tear down and also added entertainment as well (if you find breaking devices entertaining is entirely personal preference). But the goal is to show how durable and easy to repair the products he reviews. I don't see any disrespect here. Products gets broken, torn apart, opened, and even worse than this video everyday, somewhere. If the products gets broken during the tear down procedure, careful or not, it shows how easy to repair it especially for non-professionals who will wish to do their own DIY repairs. Many watch it just curious what's inside. If he pays for it, then that's his money and with his subscribe count and maybe having day job, then that's not a problem for him.
  • I am surprised how simple the hinge actually appears to be given how well it works
  • Sometimes things don't need to be overengineered to works beautifully. Its actually a good thing here that the hinge works great despite its relative simple design compared on other foldable. It means they are very well thought out the design and found the most optimal solution. Also shows their precision as well.
  • "bUt ThERe iS a hINgE, MiCRoSofT bAd, fRuIT gOod"!
  • A picture is worth more than a thousand words and a video is worth more than a thousand pictures....Excellent teardown ….ten time better than iFixit…!
    The only thing he needs to improve is his fingers...perhaps his local manicure saloon can help...!