The Microsoft Surface Duo includes two separate 5.6-inch OLED displays (1800 x 1350) with a 4:3 aspect ratio that connect together to form a 8.1-inch overall workspace (2700 x 1800) with a 3:2 aspect ratio. Unlike foldables like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, the Surface Duo is using real Gorilla Glass, and the displays are designed to work in a similar way to multiple monitors on a Windows PC.
Microsoft is using an 11-megapixel f/2.0 camera, which will include auto modes for low light, HDR multi-frame captures, and a “super zoom” 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 a 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 there’s no 5G support at all. Microsoft is also shipping a bumper cover in the box, designed to protect the Duo.
Microsoft is also including two batteries in the Surface Duo, split beneath both displays. Overall there’s 3577mAh of capacity. Despite this, Microsoft is promising “all day battery life,” which means up to 15.5 hours of local video playback, up to 10 days of standby time, and up to 27 hours of talk time.
This device is running Android 10 with Microsoft Surface Duo UI. You can download apps via Google Play. It ships out on September 10th, 2020.
145.2 mm (H) x 186.9 mm (W) x 4.8 mm (T)
145.2 mm (H) x 93.3 mm (W) x 9.9 mm (T at hinge)
|Battery Capacity||3577mAh (typical) dual battery|
|Battery charging||Battery charging using 18W in box power supply|
|Camera and video recording||Adaptive camera 11MP, f/2.0, 1.0 µm, PDAF and 84.0° diagonal FOV optimized with AI for front and rear|
|Countries, carriers, and compatibility||Countries: U.S, Canada, UK and worldwide|
Unlocked device: AT&T, T-Mobile
|Network and connectivity||WiFi: WiFi-5 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz)|
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0
LTE: 4×4 MIMO, Cat.18 DL / Cat 5 UL, 5CA, LAA. Up to 1.2Gbps Download / Up to 150Mbps Upload
GSM/GPRS: GSM-850, E-GSM-900, DCS-1800, PCS-1900
Location: GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou, QZSS
|Processor||Qualcomm® Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform optimized for the dual-screen experience|
|Storage and memory|
|Software7||Microsoft preloaded applications:|
Microsoft Surface Duo UI core features:
Other preinstalled apps:
Operating System: Android 10
|Security and authentication|
|Language support||All supported languages (Android 10)|
|Pen and inking|
|What’s in the box|
|Warranty||1-year limited hardware warranty|
|Carrier Bands||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|
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