15 October 2020
About 10 months ago, Microsoft first introduced us to Surface Duo, its first-ever Android-powered foldable device. It has finally revealed all the crucial details about the much-awaited device along with pricing and availability information. It is safe to say that all those rumors about a sooner than expected launch have turned out to be true.
The Surface Duo sports dual 5.6-inch OLED display with 1800 x 1350 pixels resolution and 4:3 aspect ratio. These over a combined real estate of 8.1-inch with 2700 x 1800 pixels and 3:2 aspect ratio. Both of these display panels are on the inside which means once you fold the device, you can't use any of the two.
In terms of performance, Microsoft has opted for Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor which is a flagship chipset. There is a single configuration variant featuring 6GB RAM and 256GB onboard storage. It has a single 11-megapixel camera with a f/2.0 aperture that is meant to be used for both front and rear camera purposes. The camera comes with various features/modes like low-light mode, HDR support, up to 7x super zoom, and 4K/1080p video recording.
There is a 3,577mAh battery claimed to offer an "all-day battery life" on a single charge. As mentioned above, it will run the Android operating system out of the box. It will come with optimized Micorosft apps like OneNote and Office suite that will make most of the dual displays.
Microsoft has officially confirmed that Surface Duo will go on sale starting September 10th. The pricing has been set at $1,399 with pre-orders available via Best Buy, AT&T, and Microsoft's online store.