Microsoft took the wraps off Surface Duo in all its glory. Running Google’s Android operating system, the Surface Duo is Microsoft’s answer to existing dual-screen foldable devices out there such as Samsung Galaxy Gold, Samsung Galaxy Z, Motorola Razr, Huawei Mate X, among others.
Foldable devices as a consumer electronics category are still in their early days. Will the Surface Duo live up to the hype or not is a debate for another day. For now, let’s see what Microsoft’s latest addition to its Surface line-up looks like.
Microsoft Surface Duo unveiled
In his official blog post, Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer of Microsoft wrote:
“Available for preorder in the U.S. starting today, Surface Duo brings together the power of Microsoft 365 experiences and the full ecosystem of Android mobile apps into one device, with two screens that you can take anywhere.”
Some of the major attractions in Surface Duo are two screens and a 360-degree rotating hinge. Having two screens on a single device means one thing: You can easily view two apps side-by-side at once. It also significantly enhances the multitasking capabilities.
There’s a fingerprint reader for security, in addition to PixelSense Fusion Displays, USB-C 3.1 connectivity, among other offerings. When folded, Surface Duo measures 9.9 mm in thickness.
Key specifications of Microsoft Surface Duo
|Display||5.6-inch (folded) or 8.1-inch (unfolded) AMOLED, Corning Gorilla Glass Protection, 401 PPI|
|Camera||11MP, f/2.0, PDAF|
|Wi-Fi||Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth version 5.0|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|Graphics||Qualcomm Adreno 640|
|Storage||128GB or 256GB|
|Operating System||Android 10|
Microsoft Surface Duo: Price and availability
Microsoft Surface Duo costs $1,399 and $1,499 for 128GB and 256GB variants, respectively. Surface Duo is up for preorder in the U.S via Microsoft Online Store, AT&T, and BestBuy.
Microsoft Surface Duo will be up for grabs in offline and online stores starting September 10, 2020.