What you need to know
- Microsoft launched Surface Duo this week with a release date of September 10.
- Preorders at AT&T are now available.
- The Surface Duo is available to preorder starting at $1,400 at AT&T (opens in new tab), the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab), and Best Buy (opens in new tab).
After months of teasing, Microsoft finally announced a September 10 release date for the Surface Duo today. Preorders are already live at the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab) starting at $1,400, but it's also set to go on sale at AT&T and Best Buy. Best Buy preorders are already live (opens in new tab), and now AT&T has revealed that Surface Duo preorders will begin (opens in new tab) at 9 p.m. PT / 12 a.m. ET tonight, August 12.
Surface Duo is Microsoft's bid to bring a dual-screen, productivity-focused Android device to market. The phone runs Android 10 and includes two 5.6-inch AMOLED displays. Here's a look at the full specs:
|Operating System||Android 10|
|Display||Single: 5.6 inch (1800x1350), 401 ppi, 4:3 aspect ratio|
Opened: 8.1 inch (2700x1800), 401 ppi, 3:2 aspect ratio
Wide color gamut: 100% SRGB and 100% DCI-P3
Corning Gorilla Glass
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|Network||WiFi-5 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz)|
LTE: 4x4 MIMO, Cat.18 DL / Cat 5 UL
|SIM||Nano SIM + eSIM (no eSIM on AT&T model)|
|Network Bands||FDD-LTE: 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,12,13,14,19 20,25,26,28,29,30,66|
GSM/GPRS: GSM-850, E-GSM-900, DCS-1800, PCS-1900
|Storage||128GB or 256GB UFS 3.0|
|Camera||11MP, ƒ/2.0 1.0um, PDAF, 84.0° diagonal FOV|
Optimized with AI for front and rear
Dual mic with noise suppression and echo cancellation
Qualcomm aptX Adaptive
|Ports||1x USB-C 3.1|
Up to 15.5 hours of Local Video Playback
Up to 10 days of Standby Time
Up to 27 hours of Talk Time
Fast Charging using 18W in-box power supply
|Pen||Surface Pen (not included)|
|Dimensions||Open: 145.2mm (H) x 186.9mm (W) x 4.8mm (T)|
Closed: 145.2mm (H) x 93.3mm (W) x 9.9mm (T at hinge)
If you want to pull the trigger now, the Surface Duo is available in 128GB and 256GB options starting at $1,400 at the Microsoft Store. Orders from AT&T are set to go live tonight, and we'll presumably see them arrive at Best Buy soon as well. Note that, according to CNET, Microsoft is offering zero percent interest financing through its store, while AT&T will offer Duo on its Next Up program.
For those outside of the U.S., there's no word on when Microsoft plans to ship the Duo elsewhere around the world just yet.
Two screens are better than one.
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its already available for pre-order. go to www.blogs.windows.com\devices
That's only for the MS Store pre-order. This post is about ordering from AT&T directly.
Not through AT&T, which is what this post is about. Those with AT&T accounts can get upgrade deals, and likely support for Visual Voice Mail. As we wrote:
"If you want to pull the trigger now, the Surface Duo is available in 128GB and 256GB options starting at $1,400 at the Microsoft Store. Orders from AT&T are set to go live tonight, and we'll presumably see them arrive at Best Buy soon as well."
I've been holding off on doing my upgrade with ATT specifically for the Duo. Even if there is no deal, it would help being able to spread the cost of the phone over 2 years, and hopefully an option to do an early upgrade if V2 comes out around the same time next year.
No deal, as far as I can tell. I can get a Note20 for free, or Ultra for $300, but I'm paying the full $1,400 for this. Or am I wrong?
Well, not to be difficult, but it didn't say AT&T when I posted. Just "Preorders start at midnight." Still, I bet its a busy news day for you guys! Thanks for all the updates!
I'll pass. Much more useful things to spend money on.
I'll be curious to see if AT&T does any incentives to sell the thing. When I got my G8, it was retailing for $800. However, at launch, buying it on AT&T Next got you the device for $580, which was nice. They generally offer pretty good incentives, when they offer them. I wouldn't pay $1,400 for it, but if AT&T does $200-300 off, I might reconsider.
Right now the Note 20 is free! That's tough to beat.
Got my order in! First time i've been excited for a phone since my last Lumia Windows Phone, and it's probably the first time I've bought anything without reading/seeing a review.
I noticed that on AT&T's website that the Surface Duo Bumper Case isn't included in the box (or at least it's not listed with the accessories included). Has anyone check with or confirmed with AT&T that this device does/doesn't come with the bumper case like it does if you buy it through the MS store?
The site must have been updated as its now showing the bumper case as included. Also, website went live about 10 minutes early last night...got that Pre in!
They still sell the palm pre?
It's live on ATT now. https://www
att.com/buy/phones/ I'll only get one of I can get it via the next program and after paying $300-400 down the payment is between $28-35 per month
I can trade in my Galaxy S10 (which I still owe $400 on) and get the 256 gb Duo for $50/month, only $3 more per month than for the S10, though the term is longer (30 months versus 20, I think)
With Microsoft pushing the "it's a Surface not a phone" narrative is there any news about using a cheaper data only plan with the Duo like you can with the Surface Pro X?
Easy answer? No not yet.
Why can't you just get a data only SIM?
Do yourself a favor and don't think of it as 'not a phone'. Think of it as a 'phone but also more'. That being said, as said above, you can get a data only Sim of you didn't want to use the telephony capabilities.
It's trivial. Just get a data-only line (like you would for a Mi-Fi). You can do that on any phone, AFIAK.
Honestly, I'm a bit let down by this device. That initial preview video MS released got me and everyone else extremely hyped for this. But it took a little too long to come to the market and aside from the OS optimization it's specs aren't really that impressive. Plus we have other manufacturers that have already released almost a second generation of foldable phablets already with much better tech on board. I don't know.. I just can't justify that price tag for what you're getting anymore. No 120hz display.. No secondary camera.. Etc. Some of these things are already standard on most competiting devices. I'll wait and see how the 2nd Gen Surface Phone looks.
Just curious. What better tech are other's using onboard over this? I'm asking not abut CPU's but what else? The Fold 1's display was terribly fragile not including the lag between the two screens when scrolling. The hinge on the Fold was very clearly more fragile than this hinge. Now that may be a different story with the Fold 2, but I am genuinely curious what better tech do they have?
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