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Microsoft's first foldable Surface Duo arrives in September to tackle Galaxy Z Fold 2

Microsoft announced the Surface Duo last year but it has been able to finalise it only by now. Surface Duo releases on September 10 in the US.

twitter-logoShubham Verma | August 12, 2020 | Updated 16:48 IST

Highlights

  • Microsoft has finally launched the Surface Duo for $1,399.
  • It was originally slated for release during the holiday season.
  • Surface Duo will hit the stores in the US on September 10.

Microsoft Surface Duo is launching on September 10. The ambitious Android-powered dual-screen foldable from Microsoft has been in the kitty for too long, awaiting a release date that will arrive next month. The Surface Duo costs $1,399 (roughly Rs 1.04 lakh) in the US and it is up for pre-order right away. The foldable is not coming to India, at least right now, since the specifications of the device make it a less tempting option in front of Samsung's and Motorola's foldables that already sell in India.

The Surface Duo specifications have also been revealed in their entirety, unlike the time when Microsoft dropped the bomb by announcing the foldable. The Surface Duo uses two 5.6-inch OLED displays with a resolution of 1800x1350 pixels and an aspect ratio of 4:3, both of which when combined form an 8.1-inch real estate with a total resolution of 1800x2700 pixels and an aspect ratio of 3:2. The two displays are hinged at the centre in a mechanism that Microsoft claims is quite robust. It is going as far as to provide a bumper case inside the retail box for added protection against regular wear and tear.

Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor from the last year, which questions Microsoft's intentions with the Surface Duo, especially when it is out to counter Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Motorola's Moto Razr. There is 6GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and a single 11-megapixel camera that does nearly all types of photography there is to expect from the foldable. Microsoft is packing features such as HDR, 4K 60fps, superzoom, and electronic image stabilisation (and not the optical one sadly). But the camera still feels short in the race to catch up with Galaxy Fold, which has a total of six cameras on it.

Microsoft has given a 3775mAh battery split into two halves under each display on the Surface Duo. The battery can provide, Microsoft claims, 10 days of standby time and 27 hours of talk time, which is somewhere less than what Samsung offers with the original Galaxy Fold.

Much like other foldables available in the market, the Microsoft Surface Duo will support Android apps because it is based on Android. Microsoft has optimised its Office and OneDrive apps accordingly while developers of other apps will be able to fully utilise the two displays efficiently. Microsoft is also enabling a seamless transition between various app sizes on multiple displays, in its attempt to allow PC-like productivity on Surface Duo.

For that, the company is using an algorithm that predicts the best use of the display for apps such as the email app. So when you are in the email app and click on a URL attached within a mail, the website will be opened on the same screen in a split manner to allow reading emails alongside website navigation. Microsoft has worked with Google on this aspect for a long time.

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