The weird dual screen smartphone includes two 5.6 inch OLED displays with a resolution of 1800 x 1350 and a 4:3 ratio each. They combine to form a 8.1 inch real estate with an effective 2700 x 1800 pixels and a 3:2 aspect ratio. It has a cool 360° hinge which you can use to fold the phone all the way to the back like some laptops.
Microsoft Surface Duo has mostly 2019 specs
It has mostly 2019 specifications, which were high end at the time. It runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chip, 6GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage. The battery is pretty small (3577mAh) which is way les than what we saw on the Galaxy Fold (4380mAh). Microsoft promises 15.5 hours of video playback, 27 hours of talk time and up to 10 days of standby time. It also features a fingerprint reader for authentication.
The Microsoft Surface Duo has only a single 11MP camera with a f/2.0 aperture. This camera can shoot 4K videos upto 60fps and it is stabilized using gyro based digital means.
Microsoft is marketing this device as a productivity workhorse. They want people to use the two screens as a way to multitask more efficiently between apps. In this photo for example, Microsoft shows how you can video chat while working on PowerPoint slides on the side. It also has pen support so you can treat it like a mini iPad while working on your documents on the go.
Since this is a Microsoft phone, it is preloaded with a lot of Microsoft apps. This include their Office apps, Outlook,, OneDrive, Edge, One Note, Authenticator, Linked In and even Solitaire. It is also an Android phone and it has the preloaded Google Mobile Services apps.
The only disappointing thing is that it only has a mono speaker, which is a waste for a dual screen device. However, Microsoft touts its “best in class” duplex communication for voice calls in hands free mode.
This is not a cheap phone by any means. It will start at $1399 for the 128GB internal storage model and $100 more for the 256GB model. This takes it straight to the premium category to compete with the iPhone Pros and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and the new Galaxy Fold.