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Microsoft Surface Duo Review Rundown

MicrosoftPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 23 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Microsoft Surface Duo Foldable Tablet
Neoscore* 68%
  • Dual-screen design makes it easy to work with two screens
  • Two-day battery life
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

Microsoft's folding Surface Duo phone tries to redefine foldable smartphone, but it stumbles on usability. Depending on who you are, it is a phone, tablet, high-tech Kindle alternative, or a pocket-friendly computer. Microsoft preloaded the Surface Duo with the full Office Suite, and once you dive into these apps, the utility of the second screen becomes clear.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 66%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
Microsoft's Surface Duo is 4.8mm thin, a little more half the size of that new Galaxy. A continuous torque system lets you fold the device 360 degrees into any position. The Duo is the first device I've ever seen that's aware of how you're holding it.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful two-screen design
  • Dual-screen support
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

expertreviews[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
Microsoft Surface Duo runs a Microsoft-badged version of Android 10. The screens are essentially ‘inside only’ for most operations. There's a single front-facing camera above the right-hand screen. When you fold the screens back you can point the camera towards the object and view the image on the screen facing you.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Superb dual-screen operation
  • Two-screen design
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Screen size isn't ideal for stylus operation

laptopmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from Laptopmag have found the following[***]:
Microsoft's Surface Duo has two 5.6-inch screens that expand into an 8.1-inch tablet. While the side bezel is relatively slim, the top and bottom bezels are large. The Duo's 11-megapixel camera doesn't have industry-leading specs, but it's good.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous dual-screen design
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Two-year warranty
Cons[**]
  • Lackluster performance
  • Poor battery life

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 47%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Surface Duo runs Android 10, but it's highly customized in a partnership between Microsoft and Google. Using a window spanned over both screens, I still got 391.3 on Basemark Web and 757/2,809 with Geekbench. The Duo has the worst outward-facing camera of any phone I've ever tested.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful two-screen design
  • Good for reading books and looking at web pages
  • Very good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Small, spanning screen
  • Battery life could be better

techradar[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Microsoft Surface Duo is available September 10, starting at $1,399 (about £1,075, AU$1,930) You'll only be able to buy the Surface Duo in the US, however. Right now, the device is only supported on AT&T and T-Mobile. Microsoft refuses to include a Surface Pen even with its Surface Pro lineup.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Elegant design
  • Beautiful dual-screen display
  • Sleek design
Cons[**]
  • Not compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile

tomsguide[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 56%
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
For such a slim phone, the Surface Duo feels remarkably sturdy and balanced. It's one of a small yet growing number of Android phones that support both Link to Windows and phone screen mirroring via Windows 10's Your Phone app. Microsoft has punched up its own Android apps, like Outlook, OneDrive and OneNote, to take advantage of its unique form factor.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Slim, compact design
  • Two 5.6-inch AMOLED screens
  • Dual-display design is great for multitasking
Cons[**]
  • Screen mirroring is laggy and low-resolution
  • Battery life could be better

references

  1. 1. ^ Microsoft Surface Duo review: The future of smartphones is a work in progress. Digitaltrends. 10 September 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ Microsoft Surface Duo review: An innovative idea, imperfectly executed – and coming to the UK soon. Expertreviews. 01 February 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ Microsoft Surface Duo review. Laptopmag. 10 September 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ Microsoft Surface Duo Review. Pcmag. 10 September 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. 5. ^ Microsoft Surface Duo review. Techradar. 10 September 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  6. 6. ^ Microsoft Surface Duo review: A beautiful, bewildering $1,400 phone. Tomsguide. 09 February 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  7. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  8. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  9. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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