INTRO: Microsoft first revealed that it’s making an Android phone, that too a dual-screen one, at its Surface hardware event earlier last year. Now, after teasing the device on social media over the past few weeks, Microsoft today officially launched the much-awaited Surface Duo. It comes with an exorbitant $1,399 (~Rs. 1,04,999) tag and can continue sale ranging from 10th September.
Microsoft Duo: Specs and Features
The Redmond giant initially planned on launching the Surface Duo at the top of this year, during the vacation season. It seems to possess rushed the launch though to deliver what it believes to be the next-gen ‘mobile productivity’ experience.
“Surface Duo delivers the simplest thanks to multitask on the go, bringing together the facility of Microsoft 365 experiences and therefore the full ecosystem of Android mobile apps,” says Microsoft in an official blog post. The company only shared bits of specification and features info within the blog post, but we have already got an honest idea about it.
The highlight of the Surface Duo is that the two 5.6-inch screens, which are connected by a 360-degree hinge. These are AMOLED panels with a 4:3 aspect ratio and 1800 x 1350-pixels resolution. You can obviously see the large bezels at the highest and bottom of those displays.
When opened, the Surface Duo offers you an 8.1-inch ‘PixelSense Fusion display’ with a 3:2 aspect ratio and 2700 x 1800-pixels resolution. Microsoft boasts that the device is simply 4.8mm thick when opened, making it the thinnest Surface device so far . It does weigh more, around 250 grams, as compared to traditional phones.
The Surface Duo looks absolutely stunning and minimal in its closed state. There are no cameras on the outside to the mar the ‘Glacier White’ surface (pun intended!). You’ve only got one 11MP sensor above the display on the proper. The 360-degree hinge is going to enable you to use it as both the rear and selfie camera.
Under the hood, this device is powered by last year’s Snapdragon 855 chipset (not even the Snapdragon 865) and includes 6GB RAM, up to 256GB built-in storage, and a 3,460mAh battery pack with 18W fast-charging support. Microsoft is yet to verify the interior specs but we’ll double-check it once they are released and update the article to reflect any changes.
As for the software experience, Surface Duo runs Android 10 out-of-the-box but it has been tweaked to meet the needs of the dual-screen experience. You can read our hands-on with the Surface Duo emulator right here.