Microsoft’s Surface Duo, the two-screen Android phone, was a bit of a disappointment when it was released on September 10. The device was powered by a one generation old (at the time of launch) Snapdragon 855 and was also not 5G capable. The device runs on Android 10, although a long-awaited update to Android 11 should finally be distributed by this summer. Two 5.6-inch AMOLED screens (1350 x 1800), when opened at 180-degrees, connect to become an 8.1-inch screen with a resolution of 1800 x 2700.
Other specifications include 6 GB of memory and 128 GB/256 GB of storage. Two batteries together deliver 3577 mAh of power, and Microsoft is marketing the device as a productivity tool. And as such, the Surface Pen works with the device, although it is an optional purchase. Speaking of purchases, Microsoft has the device on sale with the 128GB unit available for $949.99. That’s a $450 discount or 32% off the original price of $1,399.99. The device can now be purchased by making 30 monthly payments of $31.66. The 256GB model has also been reduced by $450 to $1,049.99. With the 30% price cut, the 256GB model is now available for $34.99 per month for 30 months.
The ad states, “Job responsibilities will encompass work across a team of high impact individuals who are designing and coding RF drivers, RF board bring up including LTE and 5G technologies, factory tools, modem protocols, mobile operator certifications and PTCRB/GCF certifications on Surface Duo devices. The job is very dynamic and involves working across disciplines to successfully deliver the product with the Surface Duo experience and quality.”
Hopefully Microsoft will decide to use a more recent chipset on the Surface Duo 2 (the 5nm Snapdragon 888 would do just fine, thank you), and by the looks of it, it certainly looks like 5G support will be included. Many Surface Duo users would love to see a larger capacity battery on the sequel. As a productivity device, 512GB of storage might come in handy. And while it’s not just for a second Surface Duo, developers might want to think of some more ways for their apps to take advantage of the two-screen setup.
While the Surface Duo is not a foldable phone like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 and the Galaxy Z Flip 5G are, it opens and closes like a book. This makes the Surface Duo easy to store in a pocket when closed, and allows consumers to take a large-screen device with them wherever they go. And because it uses Android instead of Windows Phone, you don’t have to worry about not being able to find and install your favourite apps.
Microsoft hints at Surface Duo 2 with 5G support