Microsoft has put its Surface Duo Android phone with two screens up for sale. Prices for the device start at $ 1,399.
The Surface Duo combines two 4: 3 OLED displays that are connected next to each other with a hinge. The two 5.6-inch displays result in a tablet-style screen size of 8.1 inches (3: 2).
The device can be held horizontally or vertically with the same app using the two screens or different apps showing on both screens. Alternatively, it can be set up like a tent to watch movies in landscape format on a screen. The 360 degree hinge also allows it to fold up into a more traditional form factor with a screen on either side, or it can be closed entirely like a book.
“Attend a Microsoft Teams meeting and see attendees on one screen while presenting your PowerPoint slides on another. Open the Amazon Kindle app and read a book like a book. Position the screen Surface Duo like a tent and watch a video hands-free on Surface Duo in create mode to quickly reply to an e-mail or flip it in portrait mode for more intense scrolling through web pages or photos. Pair your Surface Duo with a supported Bluetooth controller to play games on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or Surface Earbuds, available in graphite gray on September 10th, to listen to your favorite playlist or podcast, or mess around with that separately available Surface Slim Pen Notes.
The Surface Duo is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and has 6 GB DRAM, up to 256 GB storage, an 11 megapixel 1: 2.0 camera, Bluetooth 5.0, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, USB-C 3.1 and 3,577 mAh According to Microsoft, the battery offers “all day battery life”.
The device supports LTE on T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon networks, but 5G is not supported. The Duo works with Microsoft’s Surface Pens (sold separately) and comes with a protective bumper cover.
The Surface Duo runs a heavily skinned version of Android that can run any Android app without modification. Developers can optimize the layout of their apps to take advantage of the dual displays. Microsoft also uses specially designed algorithms to instruct apps to open on the correct display based on the user’s needs.
The Surface Duo was introduced together with the larger Surface Neo in October 2019. The release date and specific details of the Surface Neo are not yet known. However, it is expected to be running Windows 10X, a new custom software based on Windows 10 designed for devices with two displays.
Check out the video embedded above for MacRumor’s first look at the two devices at Microsoft’s October event.