You read that news correctly. The Microsoft Surface Duo release has been moved up from the holidays to September 10, 2020, and it can be yours starting at around $1,400. While the price tag may be initially shocking, this device offers a lot of functionality in a small package.
Microsoft Surface Duo News
It’s essentially a tablet and a phone all in one, which attributes to its larger price tag. Microsoft has touted its arrival as “a major new form factor” in their blog post and says it’s designed to increase productivity and mobility.
The Surface Duo allows users to access Microsoft software like Office and Windows while also functioning as a phone. This affords the opportunity to do things like make video calls, access files, and work from one single device. In the current work-from-home environment, some people may be very eager to get their hands on this technology.
Functionally, the Surface Duo has two screens and a 360-degree hinge that allows those screens to be manipulated in a variety of different configurations, including as one large screen. It’s surprisingly thin — Microsoft claims it’s actually the world’s thinnest foldable device. The smaller screens boast exceptional quality, utilizing the same technology as Microsoft’s other Surface devices.
Users can expect to carry and use it just like any other mobile phone. It’s built with Corning Gorilla Glass, so durability should not be an issue when stowing it in a pocket or handbag. And these added features don’t make the Surface Duo more cumbersome to tote than other comparable phones, it’s about the same size and weight as iPhone 11 Max.
The transition to the Surface Duo from an existing phone should be seamless. It has standard 4G LTE, Google’s Android technology, and can be used on AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile networks. It does have the benefit of enhanced microphone and webcam abilities, making it ideal for video meeting applications like Skype and Zoom.
The Surface Duo is not the world’s first foldable phone, but Microsoft is hoping that it becomes the leading one. Giving users the opportunity to have the function of a tablet and a phone in one compact device may not have everyone lining up to pay $1,400, but many are excited at the possibilities this new device has to offer. Those interested can pre-order the device now at Best Buy, AT&T or Microsoft’s mobile store.