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Windows Central Podcast 193: Surface Duo hands-on, Windows 10

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

We're back with another exciting episode of the Windows Central Podcast, and this week, Dan has a Surface Duo in hand and provides his impressions of the hardware while carefully skirting questions about software as he continues testing the new device. He and Zac also talk about Windows 10 20H2 build 19042.487 rolling out to the Beta and Release Channels.

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This episode of the Windows Central Podcast was recorded on August 28th 2020.

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Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

  • Don't have an hour right now to listen to the whole podcast, hoping my one question is answered. The header picture shows the slim pen laying on the Duo in a position that really suggests it sticks there, magnetically? Does it? The pen has a pretty stong magnet in it. Is there something to cling to on the Duo edge? Never mind. Found it here Darn it.
  • Pretty soon, I feel someone (probably Microsoft) would simply release bumpers for the surface Duo that come with a magnetic strip.. I don't think that's a difficult inclusion as the current bumpers (included in the box) stick on the device pretty darn good.
  • I guess they figured that, where this device will be stored, the Pen would get knocked off anyway. I can't really see any scenario where a full-size Surface Pen would be attached magnetically for any length of time without getting knocked off. The Duo isn't intended to sit out on a desk for long periods the way a Pro, Laptop or Book is. It might be a nice-to-have but I think that it would have had limited utility for most people.
  • For the most part you are probably right. If you believe this is a work device, sitting on your desk during the day, might well be customary. Grabbing it to head for a meeting, customary, and forgetting the pen, common. The way the slim pen looks in that picture seems ideal. Not a big deal, just an oh darn.
  • Mr. Rubino, I finally got a chance to listen to the podcast last night while out walking. It was fun listening to you essentially say "it's thin!" for 25 minutes because of the embargo restrictions. More seriously, the subtext was clear, the Surface Duo is one of the most significant mobile computing devices since the iPhone was released. Looking forward to the onslaught of reviews on and shortly after September 10th about how thin it is. About rumors about what Johny Ives thinks about how thin the Surface Duo is?