Microsoft Surface Duo Set to Arrive September 10 For $1,399

Microsoft will launch its Surface Duo dual-screen Android phone on September 10, with prices starting at $1,399. Pre-orders will begin today at AT&T, Best Buy, and the Microsoft online store.

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The Surface Duo features two 4:3 OLED displays that are connected side by side with a hinge. Each display is 5.6 inches in size, which results in a 3:2 8.1-inch overall tablet-style screen size.

You can hold the device like a book, using one side for one app and the other side for another app, or you can fold them up into a more traditional form factor. They can also be unfolded into a notebook shape if desired. The device has two batteries under each display with a total capacity of 3577mAh, which Microsoft says equates to an "all day battery life."

The Surface Duo has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, 6GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of storage. LTE is available on T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon, but there is no support for 5G. Surface Duo supports Microsoft's Surface pens and comes with a protective bumper cover.

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The device has a single 11-megapixel f/2.0 camera, which will include software modes for low light, HDR multi-frame captures, and a "super zoom" up to 7x. Both 4K and 1080p video recording are supported at 30fps and 60fps, with electronic image stabilization.

The Surface Duo runs a heavily skinned version of Android, and any Android app will run on the device without modification. Developers will be able to optimize the layout of their apps to take advantage of the dual displays. Microsoft is also using specifically-designed algorithms to instruct apps to open on the correct display depending on the user's needs.

The Surface Duo was unveiled in October 2019, alongside its larger sibling, the Surface Neo. The release date of the Surface Neo, Microsoft's larger tablet-sized foldable device with a similar design to the Duo, is as yet unknown. The Surface Neo is expected to run Windows 10X, a new custom software based on Windows 10, but designed for dual display devices.

MacRumors videographer Dan was in attendance at the October event and saw both newly announced products. Watch an overview over on our YouTube channel.

Top Rated Comments

Rogifan Avatar
9 months ago
If Apple released something that looked just like this with these specs sites like the Verge would be crapping all over it. Apparently bezels are only a bad thing when they’re on an Apple device.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
yaxomoxay Avatar
9 months ago
I'll wait for the Trio.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jmausmuc Avatar
9 months ago
This will flop harder than Zune and Windows phone.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hypertoast Avatar
9 months ago
Ahha. This looks interesting!
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
1144557 Avatar
9 months ago
The price is TGH (too goddang high).

Not for a 855 and two 5.6" screens. Im not sure in what world a 3500mah battery driving 2 displays will be all day either. 6gb of RAM also sounds far too little in a modern Android device for a dual display device to be smooth all of the time

This isnt more than a $1000 device at the most.

It's cool looking, but an experimental toy at best. You mine as well get a LG phone with their dual display case; for under $1000.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
profets Avatar
9 months ago
Feels so weird to me that its a Microsoft device running Android.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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