ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley provides all of the details of the new Microsoft Surface Duo, including its $1,400 entry price and availability in early September. As an engineer and mobile enthusiast, I am intrigued by what Microsoft is offering and am considering the Surface Duo for my own testing just like I did with the first Samsung Galaxy Fold that I later sold off.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold offered some amazing innovation in mobile technology in a commercially released form factor we hadn't seen before. The Surface Duo offers a dual screen experience similar to what LG has been offering for more than a year and improving with each release.
I was expecting more from Microsoft, in terms of software innovation, and maybe we will see more in this area with further evaluation and testing of the device. As of now, it looks like a fairly stock Android experience on two large displays with a high price and older specifications.
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As Mary Jo stated, the Microsoft Surface Duo may only be an attractive option for "Surface superfans." For everyone else, here are several ways the LG Velvet or LG V60 trump the Surface Duo.
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There may be more advantages to the LG Dual Screen solution, such as the IP68 rating and MIL-STD-810G drop/shock resistance, but we will have to wait for more details from Microsoft to verify these differences.
The Microsoft Surface Duo has stylus support and we will have to check out that functionality in more detail. The LG Velvet and V60 have advanced stylus support, making the LG devices some of the best for mobile phone stylus use.
There are some software enhancements Microsoft is offering for its suite of products and also a customized Kindle app from Amazon. I would love to see Amazon offer the same for devices like the LG Velvet or V60 too, but an app or two isn't enough justification to buy a less capable device.