Surface Duo 2: Can This Be Saved?

[Music] hey what's up mkbhd here so you remember the original surface duo the dual screen foldable android device from microsoft had a lot of potential and a lot of hype behind it we were hoping it would be great and then it just wasn't really that good at all disappointingly it had pretty weak performance the software was very buggy and uh the camera was trash but like the one nice thing about it was it had really nice sleek thin hardware and a great hinge but there was a lot to fix but now one year later we have the sequel the shiny new dark colored sequel the answer to microsoft's nightmares the surface duo 2. sweet so this isn't the full review i haven't had it for very long but i have some initial impressions on it which are that i think that this device and all microsoft has done to it has revealed that this idea may not really have a great feature it may be fundamentally flawed in the way it's used like microsoft went through and valiantly improved a ton of stuff about this especially versus the original they found a lot of flaws they made them all objectively better and yet some of that stuff still also made it worse see pretty much all the changes microsoft has made are objectively better than the last one so there's a bunch of stuff here they have all new high-end specs inside they've made the displays bigger and faster with thinner bezels and they added a set of real cameras on the back and there is much better software implementation to tie it all together but yet this surface duo has a completely new set of problems that this surface duo didn't have but then the cherry on top is this new one is now uh 14.99 1499 that's actually more expensive than the first one which started at 13.99 before it plummeted the whole year it was out i think it was eventually like 900 off or something like that so you might think wow that's a bold move making an even more expensive surface even when the first one flopped so hard but this was also clearly gonna cost more to make so you might remember when the first surface duo came out it had one-year-old slightly out-of-date specs this one's launching with the highest end chip it's a snapdragon triple eight is eight gigs of ram and up to half a terabyte of storage and they've done a lot with this new display here so first of all it's slightly bigger it's 8.3 inches corner to corner now with nearly the same size footprint because the bezels are smaller all the way around especially that top bezel no more flash needed since the main camera system is on the back now and this display is also now brighter up to 800 nits and it is higher fresh rate now it's a 90 hertz panel weirdly there is no option to change refresh rate anywhere in the display settings like you can't knock it down to 60hz if you want to but whatever everything is smoother especially while scrolling but the the main new thing here with this display is it curves over the edges in the middle near the hinge from both sides so it kind of gives this sort of subtle waterfall look and the dual screens now kind of have this effect of looking closer together almost like it's one giant folding screen and this definitely encourages you to span apps across both displays more often and yet treat it like one big display the only problem with that is when you do lots of those important pixels in the middle of the screen are now just spilling over that edge into being unreadable but also some are completely missing like you can't read whatever's supposed to be in those middle few pixels so any pictures or any text that are supposed to be in the middle of the screen are now just gone which is beyond annoying it's a it's a bit of a problem for any sort of reading and you can forget about spanning games horizontally imagine trying to aim something with the crosshairs missing now it's the surface duo so horizontal gaming isn't really a huge thing this is actually a great form factor for split gaming like this emulator games all that sort of stuff split screen top bottom gaming and that's actually one of the biggest i've had a little bit of time to play with this game passes on this device and it's a lot of fun but yeah the missing text in the middle of the screen uh not great but then the other big change to the hardware as you've already seen is it has real cameras on the back now it's got a whole triple camera system a 12 megapixel primary plus a 2x telephoto and a 16 megapixel ultra wide all stacked into this camera bump that has matte rails all the way around the outsides there's a flash next to it there's hdr portrait mode optical zoom like these cameras they're not amazing but they are way more capable than before so objectively if we just ignore the design for a second that's better like they've put better cameras on this phone device but you know obviously microsoft never really wanted to bolt cameras to the back and ruin their like perfectly clean sleek thin design that's why they didn't do it with the first one and they got the great hardware but then that meant to take pictures of stuff you'd have to flip it open and use the selfie camera like that and then this was just a webcam it was pretty bad so this time yeah there's a set of real cameras on the back they've caved and done it and i can confirm they're all better than the webcam was so having some optical zoom having the ability to take decent videos that's all nice i mean it's a 2x telephoto which isn't that great but it's something but now that they've made this change which a lot of people including me were wondering if they would do it or not it turns out that this is now a bit more annoying to use so obviously with this mesa sticking out the back you're now unable to fully open the surface duo to flat anymore so anytime you use it with one hand fold it back it's got to be slightly open like this just a few millimeters short of going flat which is enough to be easy to slip your finger in and like close it quickly but it is not as comfortable to use it for a while and hold it like this with one hand now i do admire that they've shaped this camera bump to match the exact angle that the back screen folds over and touches it so that it lays flush just a neat little little couple degree adjustment there it's nice it feels like there's also magnets in here to hold it against that camera bump but now as you've noticed that's covering the cameras which means anytime you want to take photos you have to swivel it down because closing it up covers the camera so now you have to have it open fully like this every time you take pictures i don't know maybe you do the viewfinder open at the top and then the photos populating at the bottom and that's cool enough when it works maybe that's more fun for some people for taking pictures but overall yeah that's it's physically less convenient especially when you just want to snap a quick photo real quick so you can see why this idea even though it's a really cool idea feels broken like microsoft found ways to make this objectively better especially on paper than the last one but yet it got more annoying it got worse to use and i think fundamentally i was thinking about all the different ways that they could maybe save this maybe they can fix this in some way maybe making it thicker maybe you know filling it in so that the camera bump isn't a bump what are the things that they could do i couldn't come up with any because i feel like the thing that is flawed about this is the lack of any outside display just this passport design like of course there's a ton of software optimization that's gone into making this ui work with two screens and that's super cool maybe making it a little bit thicker would give you some more battery to power these two screens for longer but that wouldn't really solve anything you know i thought a lot about the aspect ratio about the layout of everything but even the layouts better here too now the power button and fingerprint reader are combined into one believe it or not it wasn't on the first one and i really like the matte black rails and this new darker color it just feels much more professional it feels more my type to be honest but even in the software the software was buggy last time on the surface duo and it is buggy again this time too mainly i've been having touch responsiveness issues where it really doesn't like when i start a swipe action from off the display like if i swipe up from the bezel it constantly doesn't respond when i do that plus there's all kinds of missed button presses and momentary complete lapses of all responsiveness it's still really bad for a device of this price and you know i'd say i hope they can fix it with some software but you know there's been an issue for a full year now so i'm not exactly optimistic but the fundamental flaw is like there's no outside screen which means there's no usability when it's closed you have to open it to do anything so we've seen uh you know even the moto razer and samsung z flip 3 have decently usable outside screens and then of course the fold 3 just has a whole smartphone ui basically on the outside you can use it a whole bunch without ever even opening it now there's a lot of foldables that have all these different ways of using it without opening it but with this you have to open it and then unlock it and use it every time and it sounds like such a small thing just sounds i feel like i'm just like complaining and it seems really petty but when you actually use it it becomes a pretty big deal and this also means anytime you fully open it and fold it over flat you have just straight display glass now on the outside so if you were to put it in your pocket like this or put it down on a table like this that makes the glass pretty vulnerable to scratches and it's also just the the extra layer of having to open it unfold it unlock the phone and then get started with everything even for like the quickest little thing if you just want to snap a quick picture or you just take it out your pocket for a quick phone call every time that's a huge deal to me now you can view some quick things like the time and check your notifications by actually checking that curved over part of the display in the middle of the phone while it's closed which is more than nothing it is actually super cool that it curves over so much that you can actually see it and read it in there but you don't really interact with it at all and that's that's the absolute minimum in terms of functionality and also this is one just one more thing but this is minor if you try to place it down on a desk like this it works but with the camera bump now you cannot place it down on a desk on the other side or it's annoying i mean you can but it's very wobbly and annoying so it felt like an ambidextrous device before now you always have to remember to get it right so here's my question to you we've seen companies go back on things right like we just we just with apple saw them release the new macbook pro that we're all loving because they went back on a ton of the stuff that we've hated about the last couple years of macbook pros and now we're all over it again and so i wonder if there should be something considered with the surface duo like what do you think should microsoft give up on the outside screen form factor or should they do an outside screen or should surface do i would just stay the way it is for the people who like it the way it is and who will pay that price to use this as it exists today i don't know i'm curious let me know in your thoughts below in the comments section i'm very curious if anyone has any other ideas about surface duo but that's pretty much it anyway stay tuned to the next video where we have something that i'm a lot more excited about for sure much more positive video it's techtober there's a lot coming thanks for watching catch you guys the next one peace

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[MUSIC] >> Hello, everyone. Good morning, good afternoon, good evening wherever
you may be in the world. Thank you so much for
joining us today. Just a couple of months ago, we were here on this stage
together with you sharing the new vision for Windows 11 and the response
has been incredible. Thank you. I mean, I have to
say, the Windows Insiders, Devs, everyone, the fans
hosting Windows 11, it has been incredible. It's inspiring to all of

Are you kidding me? I mean, it really is something
that drives us. Now, Windows is a driving
force for innovation. It's an enduring platform for
each one of us to create. It's home for billions
to do their jobs, live their dreams, connect
with the people they love. Windows 11 gives you a
place that feels like home. It's an area of calm,
security, openness, and it's designed to be
centered around you. When you use it,
you'll feel that. You really will. But to
bring it to life, to use it, you have to put
it in your hands, and really, that's all
about the hardware. It's about the hardware completing that
magical experience. Now, you've seen, and hopefully you've seen some amazing Windows
11 devices. From ASUS, HP, Lenovo, and more coming soon from partners like Acer, and Dell, and Samsung. Each are critical. Each one of them critical to bringing Windows 11
to life and there are some amazing innovation
in these products. It's just awesome.

Now, today, we're
going to show you innovation across the
Surface product line. Now from the beginning, Surface has always
been a stage for software and hardware
to come together. For the last 10 years, it's been a force for
revolution in this industry, creating products that push the boundaries of
what's possible. With Surface and Windows, businesses have changed
the way they work.

People have moved the world forward with their ideas,
with their inventions. Poetry has been
written, games created, students have learned,
teachers have taught. People have connected
across countries, time zones, from their
homes, from their offices. For us, for me, isn't
that what it's all about? And it comes from how you feel
when you use our devices. When the technology disappears
into the background, helping you get into your flow, helping you get to that moment where your
inspiration strikes, where you can just create. And there shouldn't be,
and there's nothing between you and your ideas. We can see that
when your idea flows from your mind through your heart, out your hands. When your creation
comes out on that Canvas. We talk about products
being a reflection of the people who make
them and use them. In turn, what inspires
me is seeing how you change the world
with what you create. It's why every
single Surface is built to uniquely adapt
to each one of us. It's why every single
detail matters. From the tiniest hinge to every pixel you will
see on the display, to every piece of the experience that
flows across Windows 11.

All of it. Every part of it is designed to bring your
creations, your learnings, your music, your
visions to life through an elegant dance of the hardware and software
coming together. And today, we're going to
challenge convention yet again. Introducing you to eight
new devices and accessories that are all built
hand-in-hand with Windows 11. Lighting up amazing experiences
across Microsoft 365, Edge, Teams, Game Pass,
all your favorite apps. I can't tell you how pumped I am for you
to see these devices, for you to get your
hands on them. Seriously, they really,
they light the room up. We have a new Surface
Go for families, front-line workers, and
for amazing entertainment. We have a transformed
Surface Pro lineup. It brings you
incredible power and modern design and the
details throughout this product are surreal, resulting in a product
that feels magical.

It's got to be one of my
favorite Surfaces ever made. We'll also show you
what's next for our dual-screen devices and
apps with Surface Duo 2, critical for a changing world as we continue to see people every single day
needing to be more productive on their
mobile devices. Sometimes it's the
smallest details that can have the
biggest impact. You're going to see this with our brand new
Surface adaptive kit and our Oceans Plastic Mouse.

In fact, every
product you'll see today was designed
by a team thinking and focusing on
both accessibility and sustainability
to help all of us collectively rise to the
challenge of building an inclusive and
accessible future for all of us, for everyone. We crafted each product to
adjust to the way you work, learn, and play because Surface itself is
original by design. It is built for you. It's built for everyone. And actually, it's built for anyone who has the
future in mind. Now, to begin this
journey today, I want to introduce
you to Peter Kyriacou. He is here to tell you about the innovations in
our two-in-one line.

If you stick around
until the end, I'll have one more pretty cool product probably
to share with you. [MUSIC] >> I'm here in our
design studio on campus. In this room, we built the first generation
of Surface Pro, designed for
Windows with touch. Today, nine years later, we're pushing the
boundaries again. I'd like to introduce
the ultimate two-in-one, Surface Pro 8.

[MUSIC] This is Surface Pro 8. Purpose-built for Windows 11. This device combines a
powerful laptop with the flexibility of a tablet
and every angle in between. We're bringing the best of our Surface Pro
heritage to life in a new design built on
the Intel Evo Platform, with quad-core 11 Gen
Intel processing, and an innovative
thermal design. It keeps the device thin,
light, and productive, delivering over 43 percent
more compute power and 75 percent faster graphics
than Surface Pro 7. We're bringing up
to 32 gigs of RAM and high-speed Thunderbolt
4 connectivity. All this with 16 hours
of battery life. This makes Surface Pro 8 the most powerful 2-in-1
in the market. This innovation matters. It keeps you productive. It keeps you connected. With the iconic full
range kickstand and detachable keyboard, studio microphones, and
a front-facing camera, not on the side, but centered
right where it should be.

It lets you pick just the right angle to look and sound your best when you're on a
Teams call or a Zoom call. Dolby Atmos creates an
immersive sound that's nothing like you've heard
from a 2-in-1 before. Now, I want to talk to you
about this beautiful high resolution 13 inch
PixelSense display. The super thin bezels and
over 5.5 million pixels, Dolby Vision, 120
Hertz refresh rate, and for the first time we're bringing adaptive
color technology, which naturally adjust to
the color temperature, and lighting of
your environment. And it really shines
with Cloud gaming on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
Just grab your controller or use the touch controls and play Psychonauts 2 and over 100
console games from anywhere. Now, it's not just about
viewing and gaming, but the screen is also
about great pen and touch.

We're excited to announce
Surface Slim Pen 2. Magnetic storage and charging, your pen is always with you and it's always ready when you have that instant thought
or a moment of inspiration. When you pick up your pen, Windows 11 brings up a customizable pen menu that gets you inking and
into your flow quickly. Another big part of our product development includes
custom silicon. A processor we
call Microsoft G6. When your pen hits the canvas, the G6 processor and
Windows 11 come to life. For the first time
with digital ink, there's tiny
mechanical vibrations that mimic the feel
of pen on paper, sending tactile signals through the touch receptors
in your fingertips. It's a subtle interaction
that makes a huge difference. With our sharper pen tip, zero pressure force,
and ultra low latency, Surface Slim Pen 2 and Pro 8 bring your
exceptional accuracy, smoother flow, and
greater control. Ok, you can tell I really love
this pen and Surface Pro 8. I think the experiences
are incredible. Now, I want to introduce
you to an expert creator. Alexandria, thanks
for being here. >> Thanks, Pete.
As an illustrator, I'm honestly loving
the new Pro and Pen.

I spend a lot of time outdoors painting
with traditional tools, mostly watercolor, pastel. But it's a lot of setup.
So I've always wanted a portable digital
device that would allow me to start
paintings on the go, but then take them back into the studio to finalize them. The Pro is super
lightweight and portable. It feels like a sketch book or a journal that I would
normally carry with me. I also love how the
pen is always there, charged and ready,
so I won't lose it. Here is a nature journal
that I started working on the other day
in Adobe Fresco. The pen is smooth and accurate, there is no delays or lag, and the sharp tip feels really
precise and responsive. It's also, honestly, the most comfortable
digital pen that I've used. The tactile signals are
such a nice addition. I didn't even realize that when I use a paint
brush on paper, I actually get some feedback
from the brush itself.

That's how this feels. Its natural, subtle, and it helps me connect
with the painting like I would with
a brush on paper. When I'm not outdoors, I'm in studio creating
high-resolution images for children's books and games that sometimes have a ton of layers. So I need powerful
imaging software like Adobe Photoshop
or Blender. This is the first
portable device that I've used that can handle
my professional workflow.

It still runs like a
dream when I'm stressed testing images at 300 DPI
with hundreds of layers. The keyboard allows me to
use all the key binds that I've grown to rely on as
a professional artist. I can take this from
a casual tablet to a portable workstation
in seconds. The Surface Pro 8 and the Surface Slim Pen 2 save me time and help me stay
in my creative flow, and I'm excited to keep
building them into my process. >> Thanks, Alexandria. The
partnership between Microsoft and Adobe brings productivity
and creativity together, creating these truly
inspiring scenarios. We continue to push experiences
on pen to help people be more creative and also bring new ways
of communicating, being more thoughtful,
more engaged. The benefits of writing
with pen are incredible, from boosting memory to improving mental and
physical health. Surface Pro 8 is packed full of great features from the
display to the keyboard, the performance and
the power of the pen. This is the most powerful
Pro we've ever built. For those of you
who love Pro X, developers have been optimizing the apps specifically for ARM.

Sixty four bit
emulation is built in, so the apps you need
are ready for you. Now, the next product I want
to talk to you about is our most portable 2-in-1. I want to introduce
you to Surface Go 3. This is our fastest, most capable Go yet. Go 3 brings all the features
that matter in a 2-in-1. Now, with 10 Gen
Intel processing, Surface Go is 60 percent
faster than before. The best part, Windows 11
makes the experience great for everyone from
frontline workers to families.

To tell you more,
here is David. >> For the past eight years, I've lived and worked here
from my home in Minnesota. From here, my family
and I have fun, play games, watch shows, and plan our
adventures together. Today, I want to talk to you
about how Surface Go and Windows 11 light up together and some of the ways my family
has been using it. Windows 11 makes it easy for my nine-year-old to do
what he wants to do. My family has their
own account with their apps, settings, and data. With Windows Hello,
he can sign in instantly and securely. Launching apps is effortless
with touch and it's easy for him to put them
where he wants them with the Snap feature. Windows 11 adapts to
how he wants to use it. He can get everything set
up just the way he likes it and switch back
and forth with ease.

With Cloud gaming,
he can also play his favorite Xbox
Game Pass games. My seven-year-old
loves catching up with her cousins that
live in Ireland. With Microsoft Teams Chat
built into Windows 11, in one touch, she can connect with them
on a video call. >> How are you? >> When she's doing
school projects, Surface Go helps her
do her best work. She loves nature and
she's learning how plants make oxygen
for the planet. Surface Pen lets her
creativity shine.

Sometimes, though,
it can get busy at home and it can be hard
to be a good parent, especially when my
wife and I are both in meetings and the kids are
around during the day. With Windows 11
Family Safety Limits, the kids have the
freedom to explore online while I have
peace of mind. I love this Family
Safety widget. I can swipe in and
see if it's time for the kids to switch it up
and have them play outside. Microsoft Edge has
this great new feature we've been using
called Kids Mode. The kids can browse a
bunch of awesome sites in a kid-friendly environment
with built-in guardrails. When it's time to relax, we grab Surface Go to stream our favorite
movies together, like Luca in the
Disney Plus app.

The 10.5 inch display on Surface Go is tuned
for diagonal viewing, which is key when we're
watching together. With Dolby Audio, it
sounds great too. I do what I can to keep my kids safe,
happy, and healthy. Part of that means thinking about their future
on the planet. Microsoft's commitments
to sustainability make me proud to be part of the team that's investing in a
better future for them. Our vision isn't
achieved through the launch of a single
feature or product, but every step
matters, which is why, on behalf of the team, I'm delighted to announce the Microsoft Ocean
Plastic Mouse.

The shell of the
mouse is made up of 20 percent recycled
ocean plastic. The box is 100 percent recyclable and we
make it easy to ship back an old mouse for recycling through our
mail back program. I look for any opportunity I can to talk to my
kids about ways to protect the planet and this product helps start
that conversation. Thanks David. With Windows 11
and this new line up, everything you love about the 2-in-1 family
just got better. In addition to our desire
to build great products, we're also focused on
how we build them. With sustainable practices and materials like those you saw in the Ocean Plastic Mouse. We're focused on who
we build them for, making sure our products
are inclusive by design. To talk to you more about this, I'd like to introduce
you to our fantastic research team leader, Kris. >> Our mission at
Microsoft is to empower every person and
every organization on the planet to achieve more. It's this mission, that drives our dedication
to inclusive design.

As we build products, there is a belief
that drives us. When we don't intentionally include, we
unintentionally exclude. By working to try to understand the specific lived experiences of people with disabilities, we make better products. Products that are
accessible by design. Products like the Xbox
Adaptive Controller, which empowers gamers
with limited mobility to play and connect with other
gamers across the globe. But every day we're striving
to learn more as we work closely and partner with
people with disabilities. Today, we are excited to take the next
step on that journey. Now, I want to welcome my friend and
colleague, Dave Dame, to tell you more about
how accessible technology has empowered him in his life. >> I was born with
cerebral palsy and I use a power wheelchair. When I was born in 1971, my parents were told Dave may not live
past the age of 12, Dave may never be able
speak clearly if at all.

Even if he does, don't expect much because
there's not much that someone with Dave's condition can
do to have a full life. They actually advised my parents to put me in an institution. Luckily, my parents
chose a different path. When I was younger, I was constantly asking myself, what do I want to
be when I grew up? This year, when I turned
50, I started thinking, how do I want to leave the world when I'm
no longer here? I decided to pivot my career
and join Microsoft on their journey to enable people like me to leverage technology, to have their best lives, hopefully with a
lot less struggle than I had to endure.

I want to reflect to people the struggle
with the things that non-disabled people
have the privilege to take for granted. Like opening a device, setting up their screens, to create and be productive
while not compromising the esthetics in their devices, accessories, or software. It's not simply about creating
accessible technology, it's about what the
person can achieve and experience because
of that technology. >> Hi, hello how are you? >> Hey. Great to see you. >> I am excited to see you. We're here to talk about
the Surface adaptive kit. >> It's been quite a
journey for the team. >> Not just the internal teams, but our partners and occupational
therapists who we've worked with to really try to empower their
patients and them to find more effective
technology solutions. >> Right. Because
one of the goals of occupational
therapists is really to help their patients rediscover their
independence and using technology or
assistive technology. >> We have seen some
creative solutions. Everything from applying
glue dots to the key set so someone who is blind
can easily locate keys to our kickstand, having
a hole drilled in it so someone could apply a
lanyard just to open it up.

>> Believe it or not, I actually used
to use a fork to leverage to open up
my laptop screen. >> This is where we saw a
real opportunity to help. >> Well, let's quit talking
about it. Let's show it. >> Let's do it. >> What I love about this is even the packaging
is inclusive. What I mean is I get to experience unboxing
a new product. I'm able to open it up. I can use the lid that
instantly pulls all the cards out right away.
Here you go Kris. >> Thank you, Dave. You can apply these
stickers to your keyboard. It's raised so you can feel it, but also it's high contrast. >> The different shapes make them very distinguishable
from one another. >> Yeah. Taking you down
to the keycap labels. The keycap labels are really designed for
someone who's blind.

They fit perfectly on
the surface keyboards. The port labels are used for taking a label and
applying it to a cable and then applying the corresponding port
tab onto the device, and it just fit seamlessly
into the device. Then this tab is
a lanyard tab. We've attached it to the
kickstand so that this can be easily pulled out with the lanyard and
you're ready to go.

>> That's much more
elegant than using a fork. >> Exactly. >> It really allows people to easily, quickly
modify their device. They're spending more time using the device and less
time trying to set it up. What I like about
this is it allows me to have a product I can
use and be proud of. >> That was the intention
when we saw this as a real opportunity
to provide solutions that didn't feel like
people were being othered. >> Exactly because we're all going to be
disabled someday, just some of us beat you it. When you're designing for products for someone
like me today, we're actually building
for our future selves.

We're all going to lose
our ability at some point. None of us can predict
when that will happen. But when it does, I'm really glad that
we're going to have products and accessories that people can use whenever and
whatever they might need. >> Now, inclusive design is
critical to our mission. It's critical to our belief. Products are to reflect
the people that make them and the people
who use them. Creating accessible
products with and for people
with disabilities, it starts with creating for
one and extending to many. Now, we're going to continue
to push ourselves to reflect the more than
one billion people with disabilities in the world with every single product we make. Now, we've already
seen a lot today and we have a couple more awesome
products to show you. This next one, one of my favorites,
it's a mobile device, the pinnacle of productivity, designed to be the
perfect companion to your Windows 11 PC. I can't wait for you to see it. Shilpa is here to introduce
it to you. Enjoy. >> When we launched the
first Surface Duo last year, it was an introduction to an entirely new category
for mobile productivity.

Today, we are
incredibly excited to introduce you to
the next generation of Surface Duo for your life, your work, and your Surface. [MUSIC] Hello [MUSIC] >> This is Surface Duo 2, mobile productivity powered by two screens with virtually
unlimited postures. Having access to two things side-by-side helps
me do so much more. It's just like working
on my Windows PC, but with the flexibility of taking my phone wherever I go. We built this phone
for people who love power, speed, and beauty. >> Our team of incredible
product makers at Surface obsess over every aspect of hardware
and software design and continue to push the boundaries of
what is possible. That's exactly what we've
done with Surface Duo 2. Our team of engineers
have partnered closely with Qualcomm to build an incredibly fast and powerful
dual-screen device, all of this in a product
that has been meticulously crafted to become the
world's thinnest 5G device. We've enclosed all of this technology in beautifully
nanocoated 3D glass, and it's available in both
glacier and obsidian tones. When you unfold it, you'll find two beautiful
PixelSense fusion displays that expand to an even larger 8.3-inch display, with high refresh
rate of 90 hertz, perfectly synchronized
across both displays.

It's generating nearly half a billion
pixels per second. This makes browsing, scrolling, and writing feel
exceptionally smooth. The curved displays bring the two sides even
closer together, connected by the most precise and reliable
hinge mechanism we've ever engineered
at Surface. With the toughest
glass from Corning, protecting the
displays, you can write and draw on your Surface
Duo with confidence. To make sure that
your surface slim pen is always with you and charged, we're introducing Microsoft
Surface Duo 2 pen cover. To help you stay
in your moment and not worry about missing
anything important, we've designed Surface
Duo glance bar. You can glance to simply check time without opening your Duo, and the color-coded
badges will show you how many calls and
messages you've received, including Teams chat.

Beautiful and
subtle light glows show you incoming calls, incoming messages, and even show you how much
battery you have left. We've engineered truly
exceptional cameras with dual optical
image stabilization. Our intelligent
software algorithms and multiframe processing
will remove noise and bring out natural
textures and colors. The wide-angle camera
utilizes every pixel in the sensor for faster,
more accurate auto-focus. To make the auto-focus
performance even more consistent and faster in challenging low
light conditions, we've also added a
time-of-flight sensor. The ultra-wide camera uses intelligent lens
distortion correction to help you capture the
most natural pictures. You will love how easy it
is to capture dramatic, low-angle shots with the
unique hinge-on duo. The telephoto camera
has a focal length that professional
photographers use to capture beautiful portraits and our custom-built camera app will launch across
both displays, giving you an instant
preview of the shot that you just took so that your
next shot is even better. We placed all
editing controls on the left screen so
that you can see the changes to the photo
without covering it up.

You can quickly crop,
make some adjustments, press and hold to
see if you like the changes, and apply filters. You can write a personal
note and send it to your teammates by dragging it right into your Teams chat. The pictures and videos
that you can capture on Duo 2 are truly stunning, as are the range of
dual-screen experiences that only come to life
on Surface Duo 2. >> The experience on
the Surface Duo 2 is smooth, fast,
and responsive. I can quickly swipe to
access my Microsoft feed, where I can see my most
recently used documents, my tasks, my meetings, and my news all in one view.

I can also join my Teams
meeting with a single tap. Now, I like to
span my Teams app, which allows me to
see both the video of the attendees and the
content being presented. I can use my pen
to contribute to our shared whiteboard
session as well. I spend a lot of my
time in email and now I can set Duo to
auto-span Outlook. I can take advantage of
both these screens on my phone to triage
my email faster. For all r gamers out there, Game Pass delivers an
amazing experience on Surface Duo 2. We've got more than 50
games with touch controls, and more coming
all the time. Thanks to 5G and high refresh
rate fusion displays, you can effortlessly stream Xbox games from the Cloud or your own Xbox console right
here on your Surface Duo 2.

In partnership with Gameloft, we are today announcing three standalone
games which are completely optimized
for Surface Duo; Asphalt Legends 9, Modern Combat 5, and Dungeon Hunter 5. My Surface Duo 2 enables me to access all my phone content
right on my Windows PC. The newly redesigned, Your Phone app, puts my Surface Duo notifications
front and center. I can use all my Android apps from my phone
directly on my PC. I can multitask, I can open different phone apps each in their own window, and I can also pin
my favorite apps to my taskbar for easy access. It's easier than ever to move content
between my devices. I can copy paste content from my phone in to My
Apps on Windows 11. It's a seamless
way for me to stay productive between
both my devices.

Surface Duo 2 is for the
creator in each of us, and we can't wait to see how you make it your
own. Thank you. >> Duo 2 is awesome. It is
awesome. But there is still one last product I want to show you, and it's the most powerful
Surface we've ever made. We made it for Windows 11, we made it for creators, we made it for
this hybrid world. In essence, we made it
for you. Take a look. [MUSIC] I hope you love that video.

It brings me back to
the original studio, and it really just
starts to show you this incredible, incredible
product. With Surface Laptop Studio, we built on the heritage of both Surface Book
and Surface Studio, bringing you the
power of a desktop, but also that portability
needed in a laptop, then the creativity of
a studio, all in one. This is a product you
put on your desk, you pull it towards
you, and it starts to transform for creatives,
professionals, it transforms for developers, gamers, video editors, and that performance,
the power, everything you can take
out of this device. We are in a time right
now where we need to be able to move seamlessly
from home to work, from office to office, and everywhere in between.

It really is
incredibly simple to take your Surface Laptop Studio with you and then
let it adapt to you, let it work with you, take the power of it, take the simplicity of it, take it in any form, and really what
you can get done, what you can create,
it's quite immense. It's also gorgeous, which to me, the details
they really come to life. When you open this product, it's just better if
I'm showing you. I got to show you the
product, Chase can you? You always said you can move with me. How
about you move with me? I love this stage, but let me just grab a device. Brittany, do you mind
if I use your Surface? >> Okay.

>> I just want to
show the audience. Then Bob, can I use your table? >> You can use it. >> I want somehow
to step down here. Is the lighting okay
if I come down here? Should I use this camera, Paul? >> Camera B. >> Camera B. By the way, it's awesome back
here and it's so different than
being on the stage. It's so interesting.
This camera here? Take a look at the product. There's a couple
of things to think about, the hardware, Windows 11, all of it centers around you. When you get in, it's
unbelievably fast, instant on, Windows Hello 2.0
just logs you in 14.4 inch PixelSense display. It acts as a 15-inch
monitor to your eyes, and to your work, but it feels portable like a 13-inch device. You get both worlds of
just what you need. You look at it as a laptop. This is where it
starts, it is a laptop, so it has to type
incredibly well, and I think this is
the best keyboard I've put my hands on. It sounds amazing, it feels amazing,
the sound matters, then the track pad
itself is so precise, it is our first
haptic track pad.

Now, I'm going to show you stage mode, but
look how easy it is. Like anything, when you
pull it towards you, anything you love, you pull towards you,
it's emotional. I pull this product towards me and I get
excited, I love it. I'm in stage mode here. This is a mode
where you can now watch a movie, play a game, get on a call, and then
so quickly and so smooth, you just fold it down. I wonder if we can get
a shot from up top, if we can just
take a look at it. When you're in studio mode, there is so much that
can happen here. This is when you
want to be creative, but look, the pen is
underneath, I'll pull it out. It's charging, never gets
lost, always available. I open whiteboard. You
can see how fast it is.

When I draw, I can feel
the haptic feedback. It feels like I'm
drawing on paper, and I can get to that
precision that I want, then ultimately I can create, and then at anytime like
a normal pen and paper, I can erase and get through it. I think this itself brings you into the
product in different ways. Then it clicks in, then
pen goes underneath, you basically bring
it back up from studio mode into laptop mode, and you're back into a form
that you're so familiar with every day. Thank you
for letting me use it. >> I absolutely love how versatile this device is and
how versatile it can be. I have to tell you this
product is a powerhouse. It's the combination of desktop level CPU of Intel's 11 Gen
Quad-core processor, and NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti GPU. They come together
giving you power needed for whatever
you want to create. It's a laptop. How
amazing is that? Laptops are so essential today. They're essential to how
we work, how we play, how we create, and
most importantly, how we connect with each other.

Whether that's on Teams, Zoom, WhatsApp, laptops, Studio takes it to
the next level. Our new high-definition 1080p
camera creates brighter, sharper images, especially
in low light conditions. The experience
further enhanced by AI features developed
specifically for Surface in Windows 11. Like our Cloud
Class Base Tracker. It perfects exposure in
lighting for you on video calls recognizing and
enhancing your face in the toughest lighting
conditions no matter what you're wearing, whether it's a hat, sunglasses, a mask, doesn't matter. What did I just say? When using this camera, you look great
and that matters. Our new studio mics are
exactly what you need, with advanced echo
control and full-duplex, ensuring your
voice is perfectly crystal clear on every
single call you make. Even when two people
are talking at the same time or you're
in a noisy environment, nothing drops. It's just clear. This entire device there is so much that comes
together on it. I think you're
going to love it.

Now let me take a minute and talk to the devs out there. I want to tell you how powerful Surface Laptop Studio can
be specifically for you. I mean this laptop, it can compile code like
nobody's business. Our AI Dev Team created
that face tracker. They used the GPU power on this machine to prototype
out the neural network. The results, I mean
they are stunning. When you use it,
you will feel it. Microsoft loves developers. We always have and we
want to empower you with the best tools to create from
AI to web to native apps. With software like
Windows 11 and now the hardware like Surface
Laptop Studio, there is no limit
to what you could do, nothing, no ceiling. The best person to share that with you and
tell you more about it, one of my favorite devs, Scott. Hey, Scott. >> Hey, friends. During the day at Microsoft, I'm a manager and
a programmer and I work on open
source.NET, and C#.

But at night, I've
got a blog and a podcast and a YouTube channel and even a TikTok
that I work on. I'll go from coding and writing specs to recording
and editing videos. I have to multitask
pretty much all the time. I just love making stuff. This is the first
Surface hardware that I've been involved
in from the very start. Selfishly, I want a
laptop that's got a ton of CPU and a ton of RAM because
it all saves me time.

Of all the laptops that
I've used over the years, Laptop Studio is the only one that felt like it
could keep up with me. In fact, here I'm
in Visual Studio 2022 and I'm actually working
on my podcast website. I've even got
Windows Terminal and the Windows
subsystem for Linux. Here I'll go and do a
full build of my website. When I got hands-on with this device
for the first time, I realized that the
Surface team gave me some great features that I didn't really
know that I needed.

This display is 120 Hertz and it's smoother than any other
laptop I've used before. This glass precision touchpad, it feels great; it's the right size, it's
really responsive. People who know
me, they know that I like to customize things. I'm a proud member
of big mouse gang, so I've got a giant
green cursor, but I've also
customized my touchpad. I changed the haptic
feedback the way I like it. It feels really cool to click. When it comes to performance, Surface Laptop
Studio brings it. It builds source code
fast as my desktop. My desktop can build ASP.NET from source in
about a minute fourty-five. Laptop Studio does
it in a minute fifteen. It's got 32 gbs of RAM
and a super-fast SSD. It's built my website
in just eight seconds, the performance is bananas. Now I love that I
could be working anywhere while creating things. Then I can later
dock in and I can multi-task with
more screen space.

I'm going to go and
dock in my desk here. Look at that. Now that I'm fully
docked at my desk, I've two external 4K
displays connected to the Surface Dock or
with this device, I've got Thunderbolt with
even more options. Something I love doing
when I'm docked is to put the Laptop Studio
into stage mode. This way I can make
the most of it. It's come closer to
me and it's very natural for me to be
coding on my displays and then using my thumb
to scroll through a web page that I'm referring
to on Laptop Studio. I can even bring over my
big keyboard and mouse, or I can grab my Surface Slim Pen that's been snugly recharging under here.

I'm going to undock because sometimes I don't
find inspiration here, I'll find it somewhere else, keeps things
separate in my mind. What I'm want to do is also keep my virtual
desktop separate. Right now I'm in the development
desktop and I'll use a four-finger swipe
to switch over to the video editing
desktop. This is perfect. Now we can review the
latest cut and I can talk to someone and maybe
make some edits on the fly.

Now, I'm going to do
something non-typical. I'm going to edit
video with a pen. I'm going to move
the screen down into studio mode and look, the Windows 11 UI changes. Here in Premiere Pro Beta, it changes too, it's aware, it knows. Now I can use the Slim Pen to move the play head around. It's a really cool
way to do something that's traditionally
done with the mouse. Now as I start to wind
down for the night, I might close a few things
so I can have some fun. I can take the Laptop
Studio anywhere to game. On this trip, I brought my Xbox Elite Series
2 Controller.

Here's Forza Horizon 5, running at 60 frames a second
locally on high settings. This is a game-changer
product for me. It's the fastest Surface
I've ever owned, it's a great form factor. All this amazing hardware
plus Windows 11, it's a creator's dream. I hope you enjoy using the Surface Laptop Studio as much as I do.
Thank you very much. >> I hope you love
everything you saw today. All these products will
be available along with Windows 11 starting on
October 5th. I'm so pumped. I can't wait for you to
get your hands on these.

You can go ahead and
pre-order today. Now it took thousands of
people across Windows and Surface and Microsoft to pull these products
together for you. They put their heart, soul, their passion into it. These products
reflect this team. I'm so grateful
for what you do. We want to thank you. Nothing inspires us
more than watching you use products like these
to change the world. Here to say a few words, Satya.
Hey, Satya. >> Thank you so much,
Panos. The past 18 months have reminded us how essential
the PC is to work, life, learning, and connecting. With Windows 11, we
have renewed sense of the role Windows
plays in the world. It offers personal agency
and real choice to users. It's a stage for the
world's creation. It's a platform for
platform creators. With each new
generation of Windows, we also unlock the
next generation, of hardware innovation across
our entire ecosystem. With our Surface news
today and the new devices many of our OEM partners have announced in recent weeks, we are seeing this come
to life once again.

For us, Surface has always been a catalyst for innovation
across the entire ecosystem. Its pioneered new form factors, inspired new
interaction models, and created entirely new
categories of devices. Today, we're building
on that legacy, advancing the
two-in-one category, creating a new laptop category, and reimagining what you
can do with two screens. But when it comes
to innovation, we must advance both
the frontiers of technology and its
impact in the world. Technology for technology's
sake serves no one. If you're serious
about innovation, you must also be serious
about accessibility for everyone and the sustainability of our most finite
resource, our planet. To create a more
accessible future, we need advances that help the more than one
billion people with disabilities
around the globe. It's why we're working to make every device
more accessible without ever compromising
on form or function. To create a more
sustainable future, we are committed to
becoming carbon negative, zero waste, and water
positive by 2030.

You see this commitment
reflected across the value chain
from sourcing of our materials to the packaging. Finally, we believe
the Cloud and Edge AI together will define the
future of every application. Take the Laptop Studio, with the AI models running on the device combined with
the power of Teams, you're able to
optimize your voice, your video no matter your
background noise or lighting. These same advancements
also apply to applications people
use every day to create and connect
across our ecosystem, whether it's reframing
videos in Adobe Premiere, creating music with StaffPad, or even reviewing an ultrasound with GE Healthcare's Voluson. This is just the start. I've been using Windows 11 on many of the devices
you saw today, and I can't tell you how much of a game-changer
they have been for me. Ultimately though,
we build Windows for you so you have the tools to dream big and turn those
dreams into reality. We are so excited to see what each of you
will create with these new devices and
how together we will shape the next wave of
computing for everyone.

Thank you all so very much. [MUSIC] >>It all starts now [MUSIC].

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Surface Duo first look: Microsoft’s foldable Android phone

– Remember Windows Phone
from way back when? Well Microsoft is kind
of getting back into making smartphones. This is Surface Duo, and it runs Android. Not Windows or Windows Phone. That's right. Microsoft is making a
Surface phone with Android. If that sounds surprising, it's because it really is. But we'll get back into the Android side in a minute. Duo is part of two new futuristic dual-screen devices that
Microsoft announced today. And they're coming in Holiday 2020. Surface Duo has two 5.6 inch displays that fold out into an
8.3 inch device overall. And it's just 4.8 millimeters thin. It folds like many two-in-one laptops thanks to a 360 degrees hinge. And it's designed to
get more done on the go. It looks tiny for this type of device, and it felt kind of like a Galaxy Note in my pocket. Now, I wasn't allowed to play around with the software on this device, but it looks and feels
like a tiny pocket tablet that's also a phone. The difference between this and any other Android phone, except maybe the Galaxy Fold, is visually obvious.

But Microsoft thinks this is part of a new category of devices that allow people to do a lot more with tablets and phones
than they do today. As part of this idea, Microsoft also announced a
Surface Neo device today. Which has two larger 9 inch displays. The Duo and the Neo share a very similar design, but they don't share a
common operating system. Neo, the larger dual-screen device, runs Windows 10 X, and has all your familiar
desktop and tablet apps. The reason this isn't
running Windows Phone is because Microsoft gave up on that operating system years ago, when it couldn't convince developers to create apps for it's devices. Now we sat down with Microsoft's Chief Product Officer, Panos Panay, on the Vergecast this week, to talk about why Microsoft
chose Android this time for the Surface Duo.

– [Panay] Well because, those are the apps you want. I don't know how to answer it differently for you. Because there's hundreds
of thousands of apps and you want them. Asati and I talked about it, it's about meeting our
customers where they are. And I don't think the, you know, the mobile application platform's going anywhere any time soon, you need the apps. – So you'll get the apps you'd expect from a phone inside
the dual-screen device, but how is this different from any other smartphone? I mean it obviously looks different. And the main idea is making use of these two displays in ways we're only starting to see other Android phone makers explore. You could run a game on one side, and a game pad on the other, or multi-task by dragging
and dropping content between apps. Microsoft hasn't thought
of everything you'd do with the Surface Duo just yet, but that's why it's announcing it now so developers can fill in the gaps.

They're really aiming to introduce a new form factor here, and a way for a device to
adjust itself on the go, no matter the task. We've seen foldable devices from Huawei and Samsung, but the Duo has two separate displays that are made of glass, rather than foldable plastic. Which given the issues
with Samsung's Galaxy Fold, that might be a good choice right now. Microsoft has been
working on this hardware for three years, and Panos Panay tells us that this device won't change much by the time it debuts late next year.

The real key question will be whether Android app developers create the apps and
experiences that really take advantage of this dual-screen device. And whether consumers
want this type of hardware in a phone form factor in the first place. That's why Microsoft also has its largest Surface Neo device running Windows. And it really feels like the company wants to offer a Surface at every shape and size. Microsoft also seems to be implying that the operating system really doesn't matter for
Surface devices anymore.

And it's willing to partner
with Google and others to offer what makes sense. So does that means that
Android is the future for Microsoft? – [Panay] (clears throat)
No no no no no no. You want to give customers what they want in the form factor that they're using. We've learned this, you know, the right operating system
on the wrong product or the other way around, pick your words, but what's the right operating system for the form factor? And in this case, in mobile devices, Android's
the obvious choice. But anything above that, Windows is everything.

Superior for me. – So, will the Surface
Duo and the Surface Neo combine in the future? Will there be a smartphone
that turns into a tablet, that then turns into a laptop, then you dock and turns into a real PC? We're years away from anything even getting close to that. But it opens up the questions about where this dual-screen and foldable hardware is going exactly. And they're really hard
questions to answer right now. Microsoft will now need to convince app developers and consumers that these dual-screen devices are truly the new device category that we've
all been waiting for.

Wherever things end up, it looks like Microsoft want to be ready at every point with Surface. You want a phone that's a little bit more than a phone that
has an extra display? Surface Duo. You want a tablet that
transforms into a laptop? Surface Neo or Surface Pro. Microsoft is covering
every hardware base here, and it's leaving it up to you to decide what device you actually need.

– [Panay] You know, I think like anything, look at the product you think is most interesting to you and where you think you can be more creative, that's what I would push. And I think this products gonna be there next year. Not in a hurry, you know, hang out. Take photos or do whatever it is you do on your phone today
for a little bit longer and then, see if we can convince you that you can be more
creative on this product. – It's been a crazy day of Surface devices and there's a bunch of hands-on videos you should check out
on our YouTube channel.

Be sure to also definitely
check out the Vergecast, 'cause it has the full
interview with Panos Panay, and you don't wanna miss it..

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