Microsoft Surface Duo can provide six operating modes to meet the needs of users in different postures

Grecia Vasquez

Grecia Vasquez

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September 5th 2020

According to foreign media WindowsCentral reported today, Microsoft Surface Duo provides six preset modes to meet the needs of users in most postures.

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The operating mode on Microsoft Surface Duo is related to its hardware structure and screen experience. Its six preset modes can adapt to the user's needs for different holding (positioning) postures, spatial positioning and multiple operation modes of the device.

Reading mode: double reading, double happiness

One of the best dual-screen display modes of Microsoft Surface Duo is the "reading (book) mode", in which users can turn pages just like reading ordinary paper books, and two adjacent pages are displayed on both sides of the screen. This mode provides a general experience similar to traditional paperback books.

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This is the default posture for normal users after they get started with the device, and is suitable for apps that are displayed side by side on two screens. It supports two apps to display different content separately, and is also suitable for apps optimized for dual-screen "spanning" functions.

This mode is suitable for: using two apps at the same time, reading, taking notes and consulting documents.

Writing Mode: Resurrection of Pocket PC

Compose mode means that Surface Duo will be used vertically, displaying a virtual keyboard on the lower screen to complete the input work. This mode can be seen as turning the Surface Duo into an ultra-portable notebook computer, which can provide the pleasure of keyboard typing and increase the immersive experience in disguise. The user can enable this mode by pushing the app up to the top and holding the keyboard down.

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It is worth mentioning that the full screen mode of the virtual keyboard will be triggered after it is extended to a screen (the keyboard will occupy the entire 5.6-inch screen), so it is suitable for processing long emails or documents. Microsoft said that this mode has reference to ergonomics and is the most comfortable input mode on Duo.

This mode is suitable for: writing long emails, documents and regular typing.

Double-horizontal screen mode: Isn't this the normal phone operation?

Microsoft Surface Duo also allows a single App to bridge two screens to provide a full-screen experience, which is equivalent to a normal 8.1-inch mobile phone .

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The report pointed out that the double-horizontal screen mode is suitable for various apps, especially for viewing long web pages or endless scrolling information streams (similar to Weibo). IT Home has learned that Microsoft has previously shown apps that match this model, such as Instagram.

This mode is suitable for: web browsing, social apps and viewing other content.

Single-screen mode: return to the basics and forget the fact that this is a dual-screen phone

Microsoft Surface Duo has a 360° hinge, which allows users to fit half of the screen behind the other half. Through this mode, users can convert Microsoft Surface Duo into an ordinary single-screen phone, which can improve the ease of use with one hand.

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Single-screen mode may affect some of the functions of Surface Duo, but it is very important for some App interactions. Because it is almost impossible for ordinary people to type, take selfies, and answer calls on dual-screen devices with one hand, Microsoft believes that this simple mode of operation is very valuable in daily life.

This mode is suitable for: taking pictures, making phone calls, and using with one hand.

Stand mode (tent mode): make full use of the hinge structure

This mode allows users to stand the Surface Duo on the desktop in a V-shaped posture, which is suitable for lazy people, and saves users the trouble of buying a mobile phone holder or smashing the face caused by an unstable mobile phone.

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This mode is suitable for entertainment scenarios, such as various video playback or cloud games. Of course, video conferencing is also possible.

Anti-peeping mode: check notifications

When Microsoft Surface Duo is locked and partially opened, the device will automatically enter the "anti-peeping mode". This feature provides a slender and vertical information bar on the right screen, containing time, App notifications, and other key information. If users want to activate this mode, they need to turn on the device until the black and white status preview information appears.

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Anti-peeping mode is an integrated function of Android. You can view system notifications without turning on the device. It may not be as convenient as an external monitor, but it provides the next best solution for the hardware.

This mode is suitable for: Quickly check time and notification

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