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Microsoft’s Surface Duo preorder is open, here is all info about the device

The Surface Duo device is yet another attempt by Microsoft to enter the smartphone market. Surface Duo is the dual-screen, foldable Android device. Today, Microsoft has opened pre-orders for the device, and revealed its pricing, specs, apps, and much more information about the smartphone.

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Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer of Windows + Devices, said the following about Surface Duo in today's announcement:

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"When we created Surface seven years ago, we wanted to challenge convention by redefining expectations for what a productivity device should be, and what it should do. Put simply; we wanted to help people get things done. We didn't set out to combine two existing devices – the tablet and the laptop. We had a vision for how we could take the best elements of each to create something entirely new. To find that perfect intersection of hardware and software that unlocks a more intuitive way to work and create. We faced some skepticism, but ultimately a new category was born that drove growth for the PC industry. More than that, behaviors started to change. People's eyes were opened to the idea that touch shouldn't be just for tablets and phones. And the ability to get things done shouldn't be limited to just when you were sitting in front of a traditional PC."

"Today, as we look ahead to the next wave of mobile productivity and creativity, we see that same opportunity to create something new with Surface Duo – not to reinvent the phone, but to inspire people to rethink how they want to use the device in their pocket. Available for preorder in the US starting today, Surface Duo brings together the power of Microsoft 365 experiences and the full ecosystem of Android mobile apps into one device, with two screens that you can take anywhere."

There are no specific details about accessories, carrier support, and retail availability in the blog post. Microsoft may publish more details soon.

Price

Microsoft will start shipping Surface Duo on September 10, 2020. The starting price of $1,399 for the 128GB model.  You can also get the 256GB device for $1,499. It is possible to pre-order it from Microsoft Store, Best Buy, and AT&T. The latter one sells it with a payment plan and some additional software.

Software

The device is running a customized Android 10 version with its own Duo UI shell.

Microsoft Surface Duo UI core features:

  • Dual screen windowing
  • Adaptive modes
  • App Groups
  • Microsoft 365 Feed
  • Dynamic dock
  • Universal Search
  • Adaptive Camera
  • Microsoft SwiftKey Adaptive Keyboard
  • Your Phone Companion - Link to Windows

Pre-installed apps

The list of pre-installed apps include

  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Microsoft OneNote
  • Microsoft To Do
  • Microsoft News
  • Microsoft Authenticator
  • Microsoft Bing Search
  • Intune Company Portal
  • LinkedIn
  • Microsoft Solitaire Collection
  • Surface Audio
  • Spotify

Also, it includes the following Google apps:

  • Google Search
  • Google Assistant
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Google Drive
  • Google Duo
  • Google Photos
  • Google Play Movies & TV
  • Google Play Store
  • Google Maps
  • Chrome
  • Gmail
  • YouTube
  • YouTube Music
  • Contacts
  • Messages
  • Phones
  • Files
  • Clock
  • Calculator
  • Sound recorder

Finally, the AT&T version of the device includes extra apps from the seller.

  • HBO MAX (AT&T)
  • AT&T TV (AT&T)
  • My AT&T (AT&T)
  • Call Protect (AT&T)
  • Amazon Shopping (AT&T)
  • NBA (AT&T)
Dimensions Open:

145.2 mm (H) x 186.9 mm (W) x 4.8 mm (T)

 

Closed:

145.2 mm (H) x 93.3 mm (W) x 9.9 mm (T at hinge)

Weight250 grams
DisplayDual PixelSense™ Fusion Displays open: 8.1” AMOLED, 2700x1800 (3:2), 401 PPI

Single PixelSense™ Display: 5.6” AMOLED, 1800x1350 (4:3), 401 PPI

Display Material: Corning® Gorilla® Glass

Battery LifeUp to 15.5 hours of Local Video Playback

Up to 10 days of Standby Time

Up to 27 hours of Talk Time

Battery Capacity3577mAh (typical) dual battery
Battery chargingBattery charging using 18W in box power supply
Camera and video recordingAdaptive camera 11MP, f/2.0, 1.0 µm, PDAF and 84.0° diagonal FOV optimized with AI for front and rear

 

Photos:

Auto mode with low-light & HDR multi-frame photo capture and dynamic range scene detection

Super resolution zoom, and super zoom up to 7x

Portrait mode with adjustable depth control

Panorama mode

Burst mode

 

Video recording:

4K video recording at 30 fps and 60 fps

1080p video recording at 30 fps and 60 fps

HEVC and H.264 video recording formats

Gyro-based digital video stabilization

Video conferencingMicrosoft Teams and Skype video conferencing up to 1080p at 30fps

High CRI LED Flash for both front and world facing photo and video scenarios

Countries, carriers, and compatibility Countries: U.S.

 

Unlocked device: AT&T, T-Mobile

 

Locked device: AT&T

Network and connectivity WiFi: WiFi-5 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz)

 

Bluetooth: Bluetooth® 5.0

 

LTE: 4x4 MIMO, Cat.18 DL / Cat 5 UL, 5CA, LAA. Up to 1.2Gbps Download / Up to 150Mbps Upload

 

Bands Supported:

FDD-LTE: 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,12,13,14,19,20,25,26,28,29,30,66

TD-LTE: 38,39,40,41,46

WCDMA: 1,2,5,8

GSM/GPRS: GSM-850, E-GSM-900, DCS-1800, PCS-1900

Location: GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou, QZSS

SIMOne eSIM and one Nano SIM

 

Note: AT&T locked device will not support eSIM

ProcessorQualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform optimized for the dual-screen experience
ConnectionsUSB-C® 3.1
Storage and memory128GB or 256GB UFS 3.0 of internal storage

 

6GB DRAM

AudioMono speaker, Dual Mic noise suppression and echo cancellation optimized for productive use in all postures

 

Best-in-class Full Duplex communication for voice calls in hands-free mode

 

Audio formats supported: 3GP, MP3, MP4, MKV, WAV, OGG, M4A, AAC, TS, AMR, FLAC, MID, MIDI, RTTL, RTX, OTA, IMY

 

Qualcomm® aptX™ Adaptive

SensorsDual Accelerometer

Dual Gyroscope

Dual Magnetometer

Dual Ambient Light Sensor

Proximity Sensor

Hall Sensor

Fingerprint Sensor

Video playbackVideo Playback Formats: MKV, MOV, MP4, H.265(HEVC), AVI, WMV, TS, 3GP, FLV, WEBM

 

Wireless: Chromecast support

 

Wired: DisplayPort over USB-C®. Supports video out when connecting via HDMI Adapter

ExteriorExterior Material: Corning® Gorilla® Glass

 

Color: Glacier

Security and authenticationBiometric lock type: Fingerprint reader (1:100K FAR <3% FRR)

Lock type: Swipe, PIN, password

 

Security applications pre-loaded on device: Microsoft Authenticator

Language supportAll supported languages (Android™ 10)
Pen and inkingSupports all in market generations of Surface Slim Pen, Surface Pen and Surface Hub 2 Pen

Simultaneous Pen and touch are supported

Besides the Surface Duo device, the package box includes Surface Duo bumper (Color: Glacier), Surface Duo USB-C® Power Supply (18w), Quick Start Guide, Warranty and Compliance Guide, and SIM Ejector tool.

Source: Microsoft

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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