The Biggest Microsoft Surface Duo Questions Answered

Among folding phones, the Microsoft Surface Duo stands out.

For starters, it kind of looks like a Nintendo DS—but for productivity. Unlike, say, the Samsung Galaxy Fold, it’s got two screens instead of a single one that folds in half. Microsoft’s Office 365 software is built-in and optimized for it. When Microsoft unveiled it and the Surface Neo last year, gadget and enterprise nerds rejoiced. Finally, a Microsoft phone that was interesting—and potentially revolutionary.

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But now that it’s here, how does it measure up to the hype? Folding phones are still a nascent category, and most of us have never had the chance to play around with one in person. Our resident mobile phone whiz, Sam Rutherford, however, has basically seen them all—including the Surface Duo. Which is why he patiently put up with all my dumb questions about this phone in particular.

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Will the Duo’s single 11-megapixel camera make me look like a potato? Is it awkward to hold when you’re trying to make calls? What can this particular dual-screen phone do that my regular single-screen phone can’t? How easily does Android 10 handle Microsoft’s dual-screen format? Do the middling specs hold up in everyday use? Most importantly, is it worth the moolah?

Sam’s pretty much covered all that in his excellent review, but in case you wanted to see how the Surface Duo works in action, we’ve got you covered too.

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Folding phones are still a nascent category, and most of us have never had the chance to play around with one in person.”

Some of us were paying attention and snagged new, unlocked ZTE Axon Ms for less than $200. That’s impulse buy pricing for me - so I pulled the trigger and have been enjoying using it as an extra folding tablet screen I tether off my S20U’s data plan. Now you can’t even find any new ones, but used ones are priced around $250+ (they were over$700 new, but no one bought them at the time). That’s still a decent price to scratch that itch of playing with a (last-gen) folding phone.

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