Microsoft dual-screen Surface Duo: costs $1399, launches September 10

Microsoft Surface Duo pre-orders open up, the dual-screen device will cost $1400 and runs Android -- modified for the dual screens.

Published Wed, Aug 12 2020 4:22 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:42 AM CST

Microsoft has just announced that its Surface Duo smartphone is now available for pre-order, with the dual-screen smartphone shipping on September 10 for $1399.

Microsoft announced the dual-screen Surface Pro nearly a year ago, with the Surface Duo rocking dual 5.6-inch screens but when it is unfolded, you'll get a huge 8.1-inch PixelSense display to gander at. Microsoft uses a 360-degree hinge system that sees the dual 5.6-inch displays either being used on their own, or together.

Inside, we have Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 chip, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB/256GB storage options.

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But there's something strange that feels weird even typing: Microsoft is using Android on the Surface Duo, which is weird. An OS giant using another OS giant's operating system, on their smartphone -- when the competitor providing the OS also makes smartphones.

It's actually great -- to see Microsoft fully embracing Android and making it into their own through the game-changing dual-screen Surface Duo device.

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Surface Duo isn't really a smartphone, and it's not really a tablet -- it's not really a laptop or laptop replacement, and it's not a Surface Pro or Surface Go. It's its own thing -- and I seriously love that, it's Microsoft going out on a limb.

Microsoft has worked with Google on tweaking the Android operating system for the dual-screen goodness on the Surface Duo. This is similar to how Google worked with Samsung on Android and its required tweaks for a foldable smartphone for the Galaxy Fold.

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But then surprisingly, Microsoft dumped the announcement of Surface Pro in the middle of the night -- where it will cost $1399 and arrive on September 10.

You can read more about the Surface Duo here.

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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