• Daniyar Kylyzhov

Microsoft Surface Duo tested for durability

On the YouTube channel JerryRigEverything, the Microsoft Surface Duo smartphone with two screens was tested for resistance to mechanical damage and subjected to various physical loads. The device was able to pass most of the tests without consequences.

On September 12, 2020, the Microsoft Surface Duo smartphone with two screens went on public sale in the United States at a price of $ 1399 for the 128 GB version and $ 1499 for the 256 GB version.


The Surface Duo features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and 6GB of RAM (SK Hynix DRAM). The manufacturer installs a 128 GB or 256 GB drive (Toshiba UFS 3.0 storage) in the gadget. The Surface Duo smartphone has two separate 5.6-inch OLED displays. The resolution of each display is 1800x1350 pixels (401 PPI), the aspect ratio is 4: 3. They are protected by Gorilla Glass. The weight of the device is 250 grams. The total capacity of the two batteries is 3577 mAh. The smartphone is equipped with one 11 megapixel camera. The gadget from Microsoft has no NFC, no support for 5G, and external memory cards. Also, the gadget does not have a minijack for wired headphones. External ports have one USB-C port. The smartphone runs on Android 10. It has a special shell from Microsoft.


Testing Microsoft Surface Duo for durability has shown that the smartphone is resistant to external damage. He is not afraid of body scratches. The protective glass of the screens withstands strong pressure from a special tool - it is between 6 and 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness and corresponds in protection to many current flagship models of smartphones from other manufacturers. Short-term thermal loads on a part of the screen do not affect the device's performance.


The smartphone does not have protruding parts or elements on the body, so blogger Zach Nelson, the creator of the JerryRigEverything channel, did not manage to break off something or knock it off during testing. There are several plastic elements around the perimeter and on the body of the smartphone, one of which is located near the USB-C port, which can be scratched. The buttons are also made of plastic. We managed to damage them with a knife and remove some plastic shavings, but the buttons themselves, as well as the protection of the only speaker in the device, could not be broken with a knife during the test.


In the closed position, the smartphone is almost impossible to bend with your hands due to the presence of hinges in the case. They are very durable, with their help, the device fully unfolds 360 degrees. Inside the hinges, there are gears to lock the gripper in different positions of the deployment system. After several attempts to deform the case, the device did not break.

As a result, Nelson explained that the smartphone from Microsoft with two screens passed his durability test.

Previously, the specialists of the iFixit portal also received the Microsoft Surface Duo at their disposal and were able to completely disassemble it. Upon completion of the process, they gave the smartphone 2 points out of 10 on the maintainability scale.

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