Last October, Microsoft unveiled its dual-screen all purpose phone named Surface Duo. Back then Microsoft was tight-lipped about most of the device's specs, price, and availability details. About a year later, the company has finally revealed the details.
You already know that the device got the name from its dual displays. The phone combines two 5.6-inches OLED screen with 1800 x 1350 pixel resolution, and 4:3 aspect ratio each. This gives a total 8.1-inch 2700 x 1800 canvas with a 3:2 aspect ratio. There is Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the screens.
Surface Duo sports one camera. Just an 11MP f/2.0 sensor for every intents and purpose. It features auto modes for low light, HDR multi-frame captures, up to 7x "super zoom", FHD and 4K video recording at 30/60fps, with EIS.
Processor & Memory
Surface duo has a Snapdragon 855 chip. This 7nm processor features four Kryo 485 Silver high-efficiency cores operating at 1.8 GHz along with three high performance Kryo 485 Gold operating at 2.42 GHz and another higher performance Kryo 485 Gold core operating at 2.84 GHz. This is coupled with 6GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage.
The Surface duo gets its juices from a 3577mAh battery. And surprisingly Microsoft claims an all-day battery life out of it.
In terms of connectivity, the Surface Duo is said to feature a single USB-C port and a nanoSIM slot. It'll also be compatible with a Surface Pen.
Price and Availability
As of now, Microsoft is launching the Surface Duo in the US. It will be available from September at $1399, which is just a little more than ₹100K.
Microsoft has worked closely with Google to ensure Android runs smoothly on this new hardware format. The Windows-maker has also cooked APIs for dual-screen apps and added them to Android codebase so that 3rd party manufacturers and devs can benefit.
Microsoft leads with its own apps and has also contrived an algorithm that predicts the app opening behaviors. For instance, if you click a link within an email, the device will auto open the new site/page on the other screen (the one you are currently not on). Similarly, you can read Amazon Kindle books like an actual book; Open Teams on one screen, and PowerPoint slides on the other.
Clearly, Microsoft isn't just proposing a new Surface product but also anchoring the broader growth of dual-screens and foldable devices.