Though the tech giant had unveiled the design of Microsoft Surface Duo back in October, the company tried to keep the specs of the foldable smartphone secret. The dual-screen smartphone comprises of two separate 5.6-inch OLED displays with a 4:3 aspect ratio that connects together to make an 8.1-inch overall workspace with a 3:2 aspect ratio. Unlike other foldable like Samsung Galaxy Fold, the Surface Duo features genuine Gorilla Glass, and the displays are designed to operate in a comparable way to multiple monitors on a Windows PC.
The firm is claiming that the Surface Duo will transform the fashion creatives and experts work on the go, by presenting a dual-screen solution in a mobile device – one that matches a multi-monitor setup that you might see with a desktop PC.
Microsoft Surface Duo
One of the biggest concerns about the Surface Duo is supposed to be the camera. Microsoft is using an 11-megapixel f/2.0 camera, which will introduce auto modes for low light, HDR multi-frame captures, and a “superzoom” up to 7x. Both 4K and 1080p video recording will be supported at 30fps and 60fps, with electronic image stabilization. There’s only a single camera on the Surface Duo, which can be used both for video calls and as the main camera.
The basic Surface Duo hardware also consists of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, 6GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of storage. LTE is available on T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon, but sadly, there’s no 5G support at all.
Microsoft is also adding two batteries in the Surface Duo, divided underneath both displays. Overall there’s 3577mAh of capacity, which is comparatively more limited than the 4500mAh found on Samsung’s single-screen Note 20 Ultra and even the 4380mAh on the original Galaxy Fold. However, Microsoft is claiming all-day battery life at 16 hours of video playback and up to 27 hours of talk time.
Microsoft promises that any Android app will work on the Duo without any modification, thanks to the option of two separate displays. Microsoft is also using algorithms to predict how to open apps on separate displays. The Surface Duo includes two screens combined with a 360-degree hinge. It’s intended to be a flexible device: You can fold it up to use it as a regular smartphone, hold it open like a booklet.
Microsoft has confirmed its dual-screen Android phone with pre-orders on its website and is officially arriving on September 10th, with a starting price of $1,399.