Microsoftâ€™s Surface Duo phone-tablet thingy just showed up on our doorstep. Weâ€™re pretty stoked to see the companyâ€™s new vision for a phone, years after it abandoned its own hardware and operating system. But almost equally interesting to Microsoftâ€™s take on Android is the hardware, sporting two independent displays versus the bendable single-screened foldable devices weâ€™ve become accustomed to seeing.
Weâ€™re not able to show you the software experience just yet. But youâ€™re probably wondering, what exactly do you get inside that $1,400 box? Take a look in our Microsoft Surface Duo unboxing.
As mentioned above, the Microsoft Surface Duo has some of the most unique hardware weâ€™ve seen in a while. This phone is wicked thin, coming in at just 4.8mm when unfolded, or about 9.6mm when folded up. Compare that with any other phone, especially a foldable phone like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, and itâ€™s clear Microsoft put a lot of work into making this thing as streamlined as possible.
Equally jarring is how wide this phone is. Even when put into a single-screen orientation, itâ€™s about a third wider than most phones youâ€™re probably used to. Youâ€™ll have to have your hands spread pretty wide to hold it, but itâ€™s clear that Microsoft wants you to use this phone with two hands, like a book. I can see why the company is hesitant to call it a phone since it feels more like a tablet. At the end of the day, it still does most of the things a standard Android phone would do.
Youâ€™ve got a single USB-C port on the bottom, a side-mounted fingerprint reader, a power button, and volume rockers on the right. The top is devoid of any buttons or ports. The hinge sits on the left. Microsoft spent a lot of time designing this hinge, and its one of the smoothest hinges Iâ€™ve used. Thereâ€™s just enough force required to swing it around, and it can rotate a full 360 degrees, stopping anywhere in between. This means you can use it in a variety of orientations, like a laptop or a tent.
The Surface Duoâ€™s screens are 5.6-inch AMOLED panels, with hefty bezels on the top and bottom. Thereâ€™s also a single 5MP camera with a flash on the right display. Microsoft said the camera wasnâ€™t a priority for this device, but weâ€™ll have to see how it fares for daily use.
The phone is made almost completely out of glass and metal, which makes it feel super premium. I really like this, but it does make me worry that it would shatter pretty easily if dropped. Thatâ€™s probably why Microsoft included a silicon bumper in the box.
Microsoft Surface Duo accessories
Inside the box, thereâ€™s an 18W fast charger with a USB-C to USB-C cable and a silicone bumper case. The bumper case uses adhesive, which is a bummer considering the device looks much nicer without it. Youâ€™ll ruin it if you want to take it off. I would love to see a leather case made for this thing, specifically because it looks like a book.
Besides that, thereâ€™s not a lot going on here. This is obviously an extremely unique device, but my real interest comes in the software. Weâ€™re not allowed to discuss that just yet, but Iâ€™m curious to see how Microsoft handles Android across two displays.
Thereâ€™s more to come after this quick Microsoft Surface Duo unboxing! Have any questions about the Surface Duo? Let us know in the comments down below and weâ€™ll be sure to answer them in our full review coming soon.