Microsoft finally announced price and availability details on its Surface Duo foldable smartphone. The retail price of the Android device is $1,399, and next month’s sales will end on September 10.
We also got other spec sheets, including two 5.6-inch FHD + OLED displays with an aspect ratio of 4:3, last year’s Snapdragon 855, and 3577mAh battery.
There is also an 11MP camera with F/2.0 aperture, which is located above the right display next to the LED flash. Microsoft is touting the “superzoom” feature with a fully digital 7x zoom. The camera can also record 4K video at 60fps with EIS.
The main selling point of Surface Duo is its multitasking capabilities. The system is supported by Android 10 and runs a custom interface. Microsoft believes this will change productivity on the go.
Microsoft has redesigned the Office and OneDrive Android apps for Duo, and third parties such as Amazon and Kindle have also joined them to make full use of the hardware.
The duo will also work with all existing Android apps, with its algorithm that can predict where you want to view content and how to open new apps side by side.
The 360-degree hinge provides multiple modes and uses cases, and both screens support Microsoft’s Surface Pen. The duo is also very slim, measuring only 9.6 mm when folded.
Although the 3577 mAh battery is very small, it can play 15.5 hours of local video and up to 27 hours of talk time. An 18W power adapter is included in the Duo box.
RAM is 6GB, and storage is 128GB or 256GB. The notable omission is 5G and NFC. There is also no IP rating, expandable memory, or stereo speakers.
Surface Duo will be listed on T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon in the United States. It supports nano-SIM + eSIM (there is no eSIM on AT&T models). International availability is not detailed.