Microsoft Surface Duo pre-order starts today at $1,399

Surface Duo phone

I remember my exact feeling of excitement the day Microsoft
announced its phone after they discontinued Windows Phones.
Almost a year after the official announcement, Microsoft says
the pre-order of the Surface Duo will start later today and
it’s priced at $1,399.

The phone comes with dual 5.6-inch screens, but when unfolded,
it can be used as an 8.1-inch PixelSense display device. The
two screens are connected by a revolutionary 360-degree hinge,
which allows you to use each 5.6″ display individually or
together.

As we expected, the specs of the Surface Duo are pretty
mid-range. It includes Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855, which is one
year old now, and it has 6GB of RAM.

The storage tiers are 128GB and 256GB. For now, it appears that
there are no plans for a cheaper 64GB variant.

Surface Duo official render

Surface Duo features a single 11MP f/2.0 sensor, which
can capture 4K 60fps video, as rumoured previously.

As we know, Surface Duo comes with the full 360 degrees
rotation support for a front-to-back viewing mode. In fact, the
Surface Duo resembles another dual-screen device called
‘Surface Neo’, which was announced during the October 2019
event, but the key difference between the two devices is the
operating system.

Microsoft’s dual-screen Android phone will start at $1,399, so
basically, the Surface Duo is more of a rival to the Galaxy Z
Flip, at least in terms of the pricing and interesting form
factor.

Surface Duo two screens

Microsoft has implemented built-in protection at every layer of
the Surface Duo, including the hardware itself, firmware, and
software to keep your data secure.

Surface Duo uses Microsoft’s custom-engineered Unified
Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), which enables full
control over firmware components. This also allows Microsoft to
deliver enterprise-grade security to Surface Duo and the
company is responsible for every line of firmware code.

You’ll be able to pre-order the Surface Duo later today and the
device will begin shipping on September 10.

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