Microsoft's Surface Duo Android smartphone comes in September for $ 1,399

For the time being, it is reserved for the US market. Above all, Microsoft emphasizes the productivity advantages of the dual-screen device. With 6 GB of RAM and Snapdragon 855, the configuration is rather reserved for a premium device.

Microsoft is now taking pre-orders for his first AndroidSurfaceDevice. However, the Surface Duo equipped with two screens is only available in the US. It will go on sale on September 10th for a price of $ 1,399.

The most important feature of the Surface Duo are the two internal displays. They are each 5.6 inches tall and have a resolution of 1800 by 1350 pixels. Microsoft has installed two AMOLED panels under a protective glass made of Corning Gorilla Glass, which when opened gives an 8.1-inch screen. When folded down, the Surface Duo offers two external displays.

Surface Duo (Image: Microsoft)The Surface Duo is also flexible when it comes to using the two screens: Applications can either be used side by side or so that they fill both screens. Both modes are also available in portrait and landscape format.

The case is quite large for a smartphone. At 93.3 millimeters, it is above all significantly wider than today’s devices. The height of 145.2 millimeters, on the other hand, can be described as compact. When closed, the Surface Duo measures 9.9 millimeters, around two millimeters more than, for example, that Samsung Galaxy S20.

The camera is integrated into the frame of one half of the display. It serves as the main and selfie camera. Your sensor has a resolution of 11 megapixels. The lens provides an angle of view of 84 degrees, which corresponds to a focal length of 24 millimeters in small format. It offers a low-light and an HDR mode and records 4K videos at up to 60 frames per second.

Additional features include WLAN 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, LTE and GPS. The internal memory is either 128 or 256 GB and uses UFS 3.0. It is supported by 6 GB of RAM. The housing also has a USB-C 3.1 port and a slot for a nano SIM card. An eSIM can also be configured, but the providers can switch off.

The Surface Duo is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. This is Qualcomm’s flagship SoC of 2019. The battery doesn’t seem to be particularly generous with a capacity of 3577 mAh. Microsoft also relies on Android 10 – how quickly an update to Android 11 can be expected after the market launch, Microsoft left open.

In a blog entry, Microsoft highlights advantages in the area of ​​productivity. To this end, the Surface Duo also supports operation with the Surface Pen. “We know that devices with two screens not only help people complete complex tasks more quickly, but also require less cognitive effort, so they are more useful for productivity tasks in general are preferred, ”writes Microsoft.

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