What you need to know
- Select Best Buy locations now host Microsoft Surface Duo demo stations in the U.S.
- These devices provide the first public hands-on opportunity with the device.
- The Microsoft Surface Duo launches September 10, now available for preorder at $1,399.
The Microsoft Surface Duo looks set for its September 10 arrival, with the recent opening of preorders, and the first wave of devices hitting reviewers. The company has now fully outlined its ambitious dual-screen foldable device, straddling the line between the premium smartphone segment, and a new form factor for mobile productivity. And if you're eager to get hands-on before the street date, Surface Duo is now on display at select Best Buy locations.
Microsoft previously detailed planned hands-on opportunities with Best Buy and AT&T starting August 28, with the first devices seemingly appearing on store shelves. We're seeing several reports of Surface Duo demo stations present in-store, including images of its Grand Rapids, MI installation via Reddit user /r/caileanislucid. However, expect the presence of devices to vary widely between locations, making it best to inquire before visiting.
The Surface Duo does a lot different from past Microsoft devices, switching to a customized spin on the Android operating system. These hands-on opportunities provide a chance to experience both the hardware and software in-hand — the latter an experience even us reviewers aren't currently able to discuss.
There are still ways to learn more about Surface Duo for those who aren't comfortable visiting a store, given the current global climate. We recently received our Surface Duo, with our full unboxing and hardware hands-on impressions providing a peek into that launch-day experience. The Microsoft Store is also hosting scheduled virtual sessions, which provides a complete device walkthrough, and space for a brief Q&A.
Have you seen a Microsoft Surface Duo at your store? Let us know in the comment section.
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