Microsoft has revealed more details about its first Android phone. The Surface Duo will be in stores on September 10 from $ 1,399. All specifications of the dual-screen device have also been announced.
Update August 13: Microsoft has released more details on pricing and specifications. We have adapted and republished this article.
Microsoft Surface Duo
Microsoft’s dual-screen phone, the Surface Duo, was announced on October 2, 2019, and is expected to hit the market around Christmas 2020. Now, Microsoft is posting on its blog that its foldable Android phone can be ordered in the United States. The 128 GB variant costs $ 1399.99 and the 256 GB version is priced at $ 1499.99.
For these prices, you don’t get a foldable screen, but a device with two screens connected to each other with a hinge. Microsoft calls it a PixelSense Fusion display: two 5.6-inch screens with a combined size of 8.1 inches. Both screens are connected via a so-called revolutionary 360-degree hinge, which allows you to use the screens separately.
Once unfolded, the device is 4.8mm thick. According to Microsoft, this is “the thinnest mobile device on the market.” If you fold the device you end up at 9.9 mm and that of course does not feel ‘thin’. The weight is 250 grams.
The Surface Duo runs on the Snapdragon 855 chipset which is Qualcomm’s chipset from last year and unfortunately, this has not affected the suggested retail price. Furthermore, we see two batteries of 3577 mAh with 18-watt fast charging, an 11 MP sensor with an f / 2.0 lens, mono speakers, Bluetooth 5.0, Android 10, and the apps Microsoft Teams and Skype in the list of specifications.
Security and MDM
Microsoft has provided the Surface Duo with extra protection, for the hardware, firmware and software. There is also the option to provide the Surface Duo with mobile device management (MDM) so that companies can manage the phone remotely. Microsoft Intune is of course a possible candidate. In addition, the phone can connect to a full Windows 10 cloud environment through Windows Virtual Desktop.
The Surface Duo is clearly intended for the business market and may also be an interesting device for the consumer. Unfortunately, it is not yet known whether the Microsoft Surface Duo will come to the Netherlands. You can read more about the Microsoft Surface Duo in this article and in this article.
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