In October 2019, Microsoft held an event to announce the Surface Duo, an Android device with dual displays, as well as the Surface Neo dual display foldable PC running Windows 10X. While the Surface Neo is said to be arriving later this year, the Microsoft today confirmed through a blog post that the sales of the Surface Duo will begin on September 10th in the US.
The Surface Duo is the first device from Microsoft to run Android. It comes with a two equally-sized displays connected to each other by means of a 360-degree hinge. The device can be opened like a book. The dual-screen device offers enterprise-level security.
Microsoft Surface Duo specifications and features
The Surface Duo measures 142.5 x 186.9 x 4.8mm when opened. The metal and glass bodied device weighs 250 grams. It features a pair of 5.6-inch PixelSense AMOLED displays that offer a combined resolution of 2,700 x 1,800 pixels along with an aspect ratio of 3:2. The dual displays come with Corning Gorilla Glass protection.
The Snapdragon 855 mobile platform that powered several Android flagships in the first half of 2019 is present at the helm of the Surface Duo. The device comes with 6GB of RAM and it comes in 128GB and 256GB UFS 3.0 storage choices. It lacks support for microSD card slot.
The device runs Android 10 that is overlaid with Surface Duo UI. It comes with a wide range of apps from Microsoft and Google. It has a single camera of 11-megapixels that offers features such as 84-degree field-of-view, PDAF, multi-frame HDR, portrait mode, and up to 4K 60 fps video recording with EIS.
The Surface Duo is backed by a 3,755mAh dual-cell battery that supports 18W fast charging. On the connectivity front, the Surface Duo supports LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, and USB-C. Lastly, it is equipped with a side-mounted fingerprint reader.
Microsoft Surface Duo pricing and availability
The 128GB Surface Duo is priced at $1,399 (~Rs 104,600), and the 256GB edition costs $1,499 (~Rs 112,100). It comes in a single Glacier colour. The device is now up for pre-orders in the US and its sales will begin on September 10th. It appears that Microsoft is testing the waters by releasing the Surface Duo in the US first. The company said that it will share more details on releasing the Surface Duo in other markets at a later date.