I don’t think anyone expected an impressively thin device with two displays to be more repairable than smartphones with one screen and iFixit ‘s Microsoft’s demolition of the new Surface Duo confirms that it is. The takeaway is that while the displays and the rear window can be swapped out without also stressful of replacing everything else will be a lengthy, risky process.
As part of the tear-off process, iFixit received this very cool X-ray of the Surface Duo. The innards of the left half resemble an iPad or a modern tablet, but iFixit says the right side “looks like nothing we can remember ̵
But getting into that thing is a chore. Like most other phone manufacturers, Microsoft used a ton of glue to seal the Surface Duo, and iFixit warns that if you don’t do things correctly, a number of fragile cables and connectors can be damaged. Even then there are no guarantees.
Replacing the dual battery system requires almost complete disassembly of the entire device. As our review says, the Surface Duo’s battery life is not a problem. After a year of intense multitasking, your $ 1,400 productivity machine may not have the same stamina. Microsoft offers the extended warranty “Microsoft Complete” for Duo. This might not be a bad idea given the risk factor for trying to fix the problem yourself.
The demolition of iFixit shows that the two OLED screens are made by LG Display. You’ll also take a close look at the “simple” hinge mechanism, which is one of the most impressive aspects of Microsoft’s latest hardware.