Duo-take: Here's what the media is saying about Surface Duo
When Microsoft announced the price and release date ($1,400 and September 10) of the new Surface Duo earlier this week, reactions among Microsoft fans generally ranged from disappointed to incredibly excited. On one hand, Microsoft is bringing its familiar Surface design prowess to a new type of mobile productivity device. On the other, Surface Duo is a first-generation smartphone that's lacking in some key areas.
Among a lot of the media, there's been a decidedly optimistic tone when it comes to Surface Duo, despite its shortfalls. While Microsoft's new flagship might not stand up to something like the Galaxy Z Fold 2 in terms of raw specs, it's a decidedly focused product intended to deliver a very particular experience. And, for the most part, it's receiving kudos from the tech sphere for trying something new.
If you haven't had a chance to skim through the tens of thousands of words that have been written on it this week, here's a look at just some of the reactions from the media in the wake of the Surface Duo's launch.
Sam Rutherford, writing for Gizmodo:
JR Raphael, writing for Computerworld:
Cherlynn Low, Engadget:
Tom Warren, writing for The Verge:
Harry McCracken, writing for Fast Company
David Ruddock, Android Police:
Raymond Wong, writing for Input:
Mary Jo Foley, writing for ZDNet:
Emil Protalinski, writing for VentureBeat:
Ian Sherr, writing for CNET:
Michael Fisher (aka MrMobile):
Lisa Gade, MobileTechReview:
The Surface Duo certainly has many avenues for improvement in further iterations, but it will be interesting to see whether Microsoft's first-generation device can live up to its lofty goals. For now, if you're intrigued and want to get your hands on a Surface Duo, it's available to preorder starting at $1,400 at Microsoft, Best Buy, and AT&T.