Unfortunately, the Duo did not survive.
What you need to know
- YouTuber JerryRigEverything recently tore down the Surface Duo to get a look at how its hinge works.
- The hinge mechanism is surprisingly simple.
- The Duo, unfortunately, did not survive. RIP.
We’ve previously seen the Surface Duo get torn down by the folks at iFixit, showing just how difficult it is to repair. Now, YouTuber JerryRigEverything has done his own Surface Duo teardown with a different goal in mind: getting to that hinge. If you’re sensitive to seeing smartphone guts torn apart, you may want to avert your eyes on this one.
Just to get it out of the way now: The Surface Duo does not survive this procedure. As it turns out, the foldable phone is very hard to open up without causing any damage, and the screen gets damaged nearly right away. However, by the end of the teardown, we get a look at the Surface Duo’s surprisingly simple hinge.
As JerryRigEverything notes, the hinge largely made up of two metal pieces that don’t have any moving parts. This keeps bits of debris from getting inside of the hinge and gumming things up, which was a major downside to Samsung’s first Galaxy Fold.
If you want to check out a Surface Duo for yourself — presumably without ripping it apart — it’s available to order now starting at $1,400.
Now available (in the U.S.)
Microsoft Surface Duo
Two screens are better than one.
Microsoft delves into the future of foldables with an ambitious dual-screen device, featuring two ultra-thin 5.6-inch AMOLED displays bound by a 360-degree hinge. This pocketable inking-enabled Android smartphone marks the latest in the Surface lineup, geared for mobile productivity.