Source: Windows Central
The Microsoft Surface Duo is fast approaching. Announced in October 2019 as Microsoft’s first Android phone, the Surface Duo is a unique take on the foldable form factor, featuring two displays joined together by a 360-degree hinge in a modern design that fits in your pocket. Microsoft is focused on creating the most productive pocket PC with Surface Duo, but the company is yet to share many details about the device itself.
Fear not, we have you covered. This is our round-up of all the leaks and information we know about the Surface Duo so far, including its release date, specs, latest news, and more. Check back here often for new information as it becomes available.
Microsoft Surface Duo release date
In fact, I’m hearing that Surface Duo is now in production and will start shipping to customers during the week of August 24. That’s less than one month away, which means we’re close to Surface Duo being available to buy.
Latest Surface Duo news
Surface Duo passes through FCC
Announced as a holiday 2020 device, we believe Surface Duo will actually launch ahead of schedule, sometime this summer, meaning the product should be ready for pre-orders in a few short weeks. It now appears the Surface Duo is passing through the FCC, if Droid-Life’s excellent sleuthing is anything to go by.
A closer look at Android running on Surface Duo
Microsoft’s Surface Duo is coming soon, and the company has been working hard on finalizing the version of Android that will be shipping on Surface Duo later this year. Microsoft has released several emulation builds over the last few months, with each one progressing with new changes, bug fixes, and overall polish.
Microsoft Surface Duo specs and hardware
I’m also told that Surface Duo will ship with a 3460mAh battery, which contacts have said is able to get Surface Duo through the day, but don’t expect an endurance champ. It’ll feature USB-C fast charging, but I hear that current test units do not have wireless charging or NFC capabilities. It also won’t support 5G, maxing out at 4G LTE speeds instead.
|Operating System||Android 10|
|Display||2x 5.6 inch, 4:3 aspect ratio, 1800×1350 (401 ppi) resolution, AMOLED|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|Camera||11MP, ƒ/2.0 1.12um|
Microsoft Surface Duo design
Surface Duo has had a long, hard journey internally. Microsoft started working on it back in 2016 under the codename Andromeda, and the plan was for Surface Duo to be one of the first products to ship with Windows Core OS. Under those plans, the product was supposed to launch in 2018, but that changed when Microsoft dumped Windows for Android instead. That’s not even touching on the original Microsoft Courier vision.
Because of this, the hardware has essentially been ready to go for two years, with only iterative changes being made to the device since. This might explain why Surface Duo doesn’t have slim bezels or multiple camera sensors. These were only just starting to be a thing on smartphones launching in 2018. In 2020, thin bezels, 5G, and multiple cameras are pretty much the norm.
Microsoft Surface Duo size and dimensions
- Width: 92.525mm
- Height: 145.17mm
- Thickness: 9.60mm
This makes Surface Duo an interesting size, something that we’ve not really seen before in the smartphone market. It’s wider than a normal smartphone, but also considerably shorter. I understand that Surface Duo feels great to type on in single-screen mode when using both hands, but some might struggle to use it one-handed.
When folded out, Surface Duo’s width equates to a mammoth 185.05mm, which is definitely two-hand territory. That said, it’s also incredibly thin when folded out, with either side being no thicker than 4.80mm, which is thinner than most smartphones.
The good news is that when closed, Surface Duo should fit in most people’s pockets. The short height, paired with the relatively thin dimensions even when closed, makes Surface Duo a pocketable foldable phone.
Microsoft Surface Duo expected price
While I don’t know this for sure, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Surface Duo starting at $999 and going up with more storage. But that’s just a guess at this time. Considering Surface Duo will be shipping with last year’s specs, it may surprise us with a cheaper starting price.
Preorders usually open a couple of weeks before general availability, and I’m told general availability should be sometime during the week of August 24th.
What are your thoughts?
That’s everything we know about Surface Duo so far. Are you excited for this device? Let us know in the comments.