Microsoft launches its Android dual-screen Surface Duo phone on September 10th, priced at $1,399. It’s a dual-screen, Android based device that’s foldable. As such, existing foldable phones and straight-up mini-tablets like the iPad mini offer a different proposition.
Microsoft is avoiding naming a smartphone to the Microsoft Surface Couple, going so far as to call it a “Communication Device” when the app was launched late 2019.
Function on a Surface Phone has been believed to be-since at least 2016. Microsoft Surface Duo is that device and Microsoft suggested it has been developing for quite some time to Pocket-lint.
This week Microsoft held a virtual media briefing where they gave a variety of live demos and a closer look at the architecture and philosophy of the Surface Duo.
The app provides Dual 5.6-inch OLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chip, 6 GB RAM (with two versions of 128 GB and 256 GB RAM), a 3577mAh battery and runs Android 10.
As per the report, the company said it’s been working to optimize apps like Workplace, Outlook, Teams, Edge, OneNote, OneDrive and more for two screens, while continuing to extend Windows to add value to people using Android phones as well.
Microsoft uses an 11-megapixel f/2.0 camera that will include low-light auto modes, multi-frame HDR captures, and a “super zoom” of up to 7x.
Video recording at both 4 K and 1080p is supported at 30fps and 60fps, with electronic image stabilisation. The Surface Duo has only one single camera, which can be used as a main camera for video calls and as well.
Surface Duo is available for pre-order in the US via MicrosoftStore.com, AT&T and BestBuy. It will be available in store and online beginning September 10, said the company.
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