After months of teasing, Microsoft finally announced a September 10 release date for the Surface Duo today. Preorders are already live at the Microsoft Store starting at $1,400, but it's also set to go on sale at AT&T and Best Buy. Best Buy preorders are already live, and now AT&T has revealed that Surface Duo preorders will begin at 9 p.m. PT / 12 a.m. ET tonight, August 12.
Surface Duo is Microsoft's bid to bring a dual-screen, productivity-focused Android device to market. The phone runs Android 10 and includes two 5.6-inch AMOLED displays. Here's a look at the full specs:
|Operating System||Android 10|
|Display||Single: 5.6 inch (1800x1350), 401 ppi, 4:3 aspect ratio
Opened: 8.1 inch (2700x1800), 401 ppi, 3:2 aspect ratio
Wide color gamut: 100% SRGB and 100% DCI-P3
Corning Gorilla Glass
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|Network||WiFi-5 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz)
LTE: 4x4 MIMO, Cat.18 DL / Cat 5 UL
|SIM||Nano SIM + eSIM (no eSIM on AT&T model)|
|Network Bands||FDD-LTE: 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,12,13,14,19 20,25,26,28,29,30,66
GSM/GPRS: GSM-850, E-GSM-900, DCS-1800, PCS-1900
|Storage||128GB or 256GB UFS 3.0|
|Camera||11MP, ƒ/2.0 1.0um, PDAF, 84.0° diagonal FOV
Optimized with AI for front and rear
Dual mic with noise suppression and echo cancellation
Qualcomm aptX Adaptive
|Ports||1x USB-C 3.1|
Up to 15.5 hours of Local Video Playback
Up to 10 days of Standby Time
Up to 27 hours of Talk Time
Fast Charging using 18W in-box power supply
|Pen||Surface Pen (not included)|
|Dimensions||Open: 145.2mm (H) x 186.9mm (W) x 4.8mm (T)
Closed: 145.2mm (H) x 93.3mm (W) x 9.9mm (T at hinge)
If you want to pull the trigger now, the Surface Duo is available in 128GB and 256GB options starting at $1,400 at the Microsoft Store. Orders from AT&T are set to go live tonight, and we'll presumably see them arrive at Best Buy soon as well. Note that, according to CNET, Microsoft is offering zero percent interest financing through its store, while AT&T will offer Duo on its Next Up program.
For those outside of the U.S., there's no word on when Microsoft plans to ship the Duo elsewhere around the world just yet.
Two screens are better than one.
Microsoft delves into the future of foldables with an ambitious dual-screen device, featuring two ultra-thin 5.6-inch AMOLED displays bound by a 360-degree hinge. This pocketable inking-enabled Android smartphone marks the latest in the Surface lineup, geared for mobile productivity.
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The options may be slim-pickings at the moment, but what can you really expect from a first-generation device like the Microsoft Surface Duo. This dual-screen wielding monster aims to make you more productive with a unique hinge system that we haven't seen elsewhere. But do yourself a favor, and get a case so that even a little bit of dust won't hinder your experience.