Watch Microsoft’s Panos Panay make a case for the Surface Duo

Watch Microsoft’s Panos Panay make a case for the Surface Duo

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At the Surface event in October last year, Microsoft first unveiled the Surface Duo — a dual-screen Android smartphone. The company had originally planned on launching the device during the Holiday season later this year, but the launch timeline was sped up and the device was officially announced earlier this week. The device features flagship hardware from early 2019, including Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chip, 6GB of RAM, up to 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage, and two 5.6-inch AMOLED displays, which have the chunkiest bezels that I’ve seen in quite a while.

On the surface, Microsoft’s first foldable Android device looks a bit dated and might turn away a lot of potential buyers. This is why Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer, Panos Panay, has released a new video making a case for the unique software experience offered with the Surface Duo and how it may change the way you use your smartphone.

In the video, Panay highlights all of the unique features that set the Surface Duo apart and how the software experience seamlessly adapts to your needs. The video addresses some of the major customizations Microsoft has made on its Android skin for the Surface Duo, like a gesture which lets you span an app across the two screens, the device’s ability to open links/other apps on the second screen to maintain the flow, app groups that let you open two apps simultaneously, keyboard customizations for different orientations, and much more. Check out the full video linked above to see how the Surface Duo aims to change the game, despite the older hardware.

In case the video manages to convince you to purchase the Microsoft Surface Duo, you can go ahead and pre-order it from the Microsoft Store, Best Buy or AT&T in the US. The device will set you back $1,399 for the 6GB/128GB base variant, and it will go on open sale starting September 10th.