The Microsoft Surface Duo. [credit:
The Microsoft Surface Duo, Microsoft’s first-ever Android phone (we’re not counting the Nokia X), was announced almost a year ago. There have been official images and even live photos of the dual-screen phone floating around for most of the year, and Microsoft has just been quietly developing it. Today, the company is finally ready to talk specs, release date, and price. The phone is up for pre-order now, it ships September 10, and the price—wait for it—is $1,399.
Before we dig into the details, a quick spec rundown: The phone comes with two 5.6-inch, 1800×1350 (4:3), 60Hz OLED panels joined by a 360-degree hinge. A Snapdragon 855 powers the phone, with 6GB of RAM, 128 or 256GB of storage, and a 3577mAh battery. There is one 11MP camera above the right screen that doubles as the front and rear camera, thanks to the hinge. The device comes with a USB-C port on the bottom, a single speaker, a fingerprint reader, Android 10, and support for Surface pen input. Sales seem to be US-only for now, and besides being sold unlocked, the phone is also for sale at AT&T.
It’s somewhat exciting to see Microsoft’s first Android phone, especially when it has such a unique form factor and sports the company’s premium “Surface” brand. But $1,400 is a lot of money to ask for this device, especially when the spec sheet has so many deficiencies in it. I haven’t tried the phone yet, but I have a lot of concerns about the Surface Duo.