The Microsoft Surface Duo has gone through a thorough disassembly to allow us to take a closer look at what’s inside the dual-screen device.
The foldable tablet unique hinge design that can be used as a phone does not help the Microsoft Surface Duo gain much in repairability points. iFixit gave the phone a dismal 2 points on a scale of 10.
iFixit stated that “screens and rear glass covers can be replaced without removing any other components”. He also pointed to a few issues that make repair difficult. For example, batteries are attached and must be thoroughly disassembled during maintenance.
“The USB-C port is soldered directly to the motherboard. Uncommon three-point screws fix essential components. Sensitive OLED panels are not well protected from accidental peeping but should be removed for most repairs. The stubborn adhesive at all entry points makes any repair attempts difficult, ”he added.
Applied disassembly to the dual-screen device. iFixit gave us a glimpse of what’s inside the dual-screen device by taking apart a Microsoft Surface Duo. One of the team’s most notable findings is that the Duo has a “refreshingly simple hinge design” compared to those found in foldable devices on the market today. iFixit says this is a “360-degree miniature laptop hinge”.
Surface Duo has a Good Design
To be honest, the Duo has two screens, while devices like the Galaxy Fold and the new Motorola Razr really have screens that can be folded and probably need a more sophisticated hinge design. Samsung had to delay the launch of the original Fold to figure out how to make the device more durable and keep dust away from the mechanism.
The iFixit team also noted that one of the two batteries is twice the size of the other, but Microsoft made it difficult to replace it using a large number of adhesives and screws. These batteries aren’t the only components that are difficult to replace. The team found that the only parts that were difficult to remove were the screen and back glass covers.
As we mentioned in our review, it’s the best dual-screen hardware on the market, but it’s still annoyed by the buggy software. iFixit also highlighted the problem by revealing that it needs to deal with crashes and flickering screens when trying to load web pages on the device.
The Surface Duo has two 5.6-inch OLED displays with a 4: 3 aspect ratio. The two screens present a large 8.1-inch PixelSense Fusion screen when turned on.
145.2mm (H) x 186.9mm (W) x 4.8mm (T)
145.2mm (H) x 93.3mm (W) x 9.9mm (T at the hinge)
-Weight: 250 grams
-Battery Capacity: 3577 mAh (typical) dual batteries
-Processor: Qualcomm®-Snapdragon ™ 855 Mobile Platform optimized for the dual-screen experience
-Storage and memory: 128GB or 256GB UFS 3.0 internal storage 6GB DRAM
-Language support: All languages supported (Android ™ 10)
Microsoft built-in apps:
-Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Office Lens, PDF Reader, and more
-Microsoft To Do
-Microsoft Bing Search
-Intune Company Portal
-Microsoft Solitaire Collection
Microsoft Surface Duo UI key features:
-Double screen windowing
-Microsoft 365 Broadcast
-Microsoft SwiftKey Adaptive Keyboard
-Your Phone Companion – Link to Windows