Microsoft has revealed the Surface Duo’s US release date via a new blog post. Their first android device is set to land in the US on 10 September, with a starting price of US$1,399 (~RM5,800).
The Surface Duo, which Microsoft claims to be the “thinnest mobile device on the market” when opened, features two PixelSense Fusion displays that combine to form an 8,1” screen. The device comes with a 360-degree hinge, as opposed to the more standard 180-degree hinge seen in other foldable phones. Each screen can be used “individually or together, across a variety of modes.” For those who like gaming, the Surface Duo can be paired with a supported Bluetooth controller to play titles on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
We had a look at the flexibility and convenience offered by the Surface Duo’s dual-screen in its intro video from 2019, and those aspects were touched on in the blog post. Microsoft noted that with the dual-screen, users can do things like watching a video while text chatting and comparing items on two different screens, and presumably a bunch of more important, work-related stuff. In addition, they promised to deliver “Microsoft 365 mobile experiences, every Android app in the Google Play store, and a seamless cross-device experience with your Windows 10 PC” via the Your Phone app.
The tech specs weren’t touched on in the blog post, but they were revealed in full previously. The Surface Duo comes with a 3,577mAh dual battery and an 11MP, f/2.0, 1.0 µm adaptive camera. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform and has 6GB of RAM along with an internal UFS 3.0 storage of 128GB or 256GB. The Surface Duo’s RAM amount is noticeably lower than the 8GB RAM offered by Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip and Xiaomi’s Mi 10 Ultra.
The Surface Duo can now be pre-ordered in the US via the Microsoft Store, AT&T, and BestBuy. In another blog post, Microsoft wrote that they will “share more information about market expansion at a later date".