Microsoft Duo Durability Test How Thin is too Thin Well, the Microsoft Surface duo. It’s been a while. Microsoft has released two cell phones. For years, actually. So it’s nice to see them come back suite with the dual-screen folding tablet of a smartphone.
Today, we’re going to durability test; Audible sponsors the surface duo right alongside this video. Let’s get started.
The surface duo cost about 1400 dollars. And before we get too mad at that massive price, it’s justified since it’s like two regular phones stuck together two screens too bad. So I won’t make fun of the price too much. The bumper case, however, does deserve whatever jokes come its way. It’s included in the box right alongside the 18-watt fast charger.
And don’t get me wrong, it was nice at Microsoft to include some protection. As you can tell, this phone is unlike anything else we’ve ever seen, with a full complete 360-degree hinge that can close like a book or run up and have the screen on the front and back. So designing a significant physically protective case for this gadget would be super complex. I want to attend the meeting, though, where someone suggested just taping rubber strips to decide. I mean, yeah, it’ll probably be useful and better than nothing. I see that one coming. Who knows how long it’ll stick to the side of the phone for, though, which makes this durability test all the more critical. The duo was shorter than my note 10 Plus and also a bit wider and incredibly thin. When folded shut, it’s still just about as thick as my phone is inside a case opened up though it feels more like an E-reader with glass on the front of the bell. It does feel more massive than it looks. And I honestly kind of like it.
The duo runs Android and acts just like any other Android phone would except for all this extra screen real estate. You can have Twitter open on one half of the phone, and Graham open on the other, so it’s easier to watch society collapse in real-time. Before we start the scratch test, let’s throw in Microsoft stylists. Now, this slim pin is sold separately but does work on the surface duo. And over $100. It’s got his exterior charging station. Not quite as streamlined as Apple’s Apple Pencil or the Samsung spin inside of the notes. Try to be fair. The slim pen also doesn’t snap in half relatively as easy as the others do.
I’ll start slicing through both the plastic sides of the pen. Then take a quick break to analyze the clicky bid up at the top, then all the plastics can be removed. To reveal a long internal metal housing with two magnets built into the sides, the magnets itself perch on the duo’s side. I’m not sure if that’s on purpose or not. It doesn’t seem like it would end up staying there very long. I’ll remove the two screws and open up the metal shell, and we get our first look at quite possibly the cutest battery we’ve ever seen; this little solar is a 15 milliamp-hour capacity cell made by Panasonic takes about 90 minutes to charge and operates the pin for about 14 hours, kind of fun. Now let’s get into the scratch test. The duo has dual 5.6-inch displays, which fold open to reveal an 8.1-inch screen overall with the hinge and bezel in the middle though it’s more like a second monitor than an extended display. I’ve always used multiple monitors on my desktop computers, though, so I get the appeal. The Microsoft duo uses Gorilla Glass five, which means it scratches that level with deeper grooves at a level seven. I’m strangely drawn to this device; weird phones have always appealed to me. My first phone was a Nokia 6800 with the keyboard on either half of the screen, but cameras are also necessary. And this has one front-facing camera, under the front glass, no camera bump or rear cameras, just the 111-megapixel little guy. There’s also only one speaker right here in the earpiece, the grill. Here, but one speaker is just not the same as the stereo. So the lack of cameras and lack of stereo speakers will probably be mostly what keeps me from switching to this phone. Also, very strangely for a 1400 dollar device. The frame is made from plastic.
The buttons, not a deal-breaker by itself, but the thinness of balance combined with the plastic frame, makes me nervous for the bend test. There is plastic along the top and the bottom, next to that USB C charging port. There is no headphone jack. The duo does have a useful tray but no expandable memory. There is no IP rating, but there is a little peek feature, which allows the time and date to pop up along the inside edge, almost like an always-on display but on the inside. The duo feels more elegant than a regular cell phone, almost like a book, more sophisticated. And you are speaking of sophistication. Audible for sponsoring this video audible is still giving families with children access to titles for free.
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Speaking of the plastic frame, though, I did already scratched the fingerprint scanner a bit on my way around with my razor blade. So as I try and set my fingerprint This time, it’s a real struggle getting a good read. But once my fingerprint is finally recognized, it does seem to unlock the phone every single time. The bumper case also has a cutout for the fingerprint sensor. It’s still a little bit funny that a piece of tape is the only thing holding the case to the phone, as for the burn test. Microsoft is using dual OLED displays on either half, and we can verify that by scientifically holding my lighter to the screen for about 12 seconds and watching the display turn white. We still don’t quite know why it does this yet, but we might find out why if we do it enough times.
Therefore, science. For the bend test, Microsoft has already done half of my job to try bends incredibly smoothly all the way around. The hinge is super simple and pretty much all exposed. We’ll take a closer look from the inside during the teardown. Since this bone is more comprehensive than most, it might not fit comfortably in most front pockets, and people who own it will be tempted to put it in their back pocket like a wallet, which means there’s a good chance, you will get sat on. And if it does get sat on, it’s probably going to do something like this and flex more than any other phone we’ve seen in recent history. When we open it up, though, surprisingly, it still turns on, even though there is a permanent curve to the phone now. The plastic frame is not helping much with integrity, but the metal hinge is holding its own and carrying the load bending it back the other direction. We can see that the phone is flexing quite a bit, but not along the hinge. The hinge mechanism is made from metal to rods running lengthwise down at the spine. Suppose the metal hinge was not there. This phone would be toast.
The middle is enough to keep the phone alive. So the Microsoft Surface duo passes my durability test. I still don’t recommend sitting on it, but it’s nice to know that the duo. Super fragile. Overall, I’m impressed to pop a few more nice cameras on the back, and I could very well see myself using version number two.