Surface DuoSource: Windows Central

The Microsoft Surface Duo is fast approaching. Announced in October 2019 as Microsoft's first Android phone, the Surface Duo is a unique take on the foldable form factor, featuring two displays joined together by a 360-degree hinge in a modern design that fits in your pocket. Microsoft is focused on creating the most productive pocket PC with Surface Duo, but the company is yet to share many details about the device itself.

Fear not, we have you covered. This is our round-up of all the leaks and information we know about the Surface Duo so far, including its release date, specs, latest news, and more. Check back here often for new information as it becomes available.

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Microsoft Surface Duo release date

Microsoft's official stance on the release date for Surface Duo is sometime in "holiday 2020." But unofficially, I understand that Microsoft is planning to surprise customers by announcing that the Surface Duo is available much earlier than that.

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In fact, I'm hearing that Surface Duo is now in production and will start shipping to customers during the week of August 24. That's less than one month away, which means we're close to Surface Duo being available to buy.

Latest Surface Duo news

Surface Duo passes through FCC

Announced as a holiday 2020 device, we believe Surface Duo will actually launch ahead of schedule, sometime this summer, meaning the product should be ready for pre-orders in a few short weeks. It now appears the Surface Duo is passing through the FCC, if Droid-Life's excellent sleuthing is anything to go by.

A closer look at Android running on Surface Duo

Microsoft's Surface Duo is coming soon, and the company has been working hard on finalizing the version of Android that will be shipping on Surface Duo later this year. Microsoft has released several emulation builds over the last few months, with each one progressing with new changes, bug fixes, and overall polish.

Microsoft Surface Duo specs and hardware

DuoSource: Microsoft

According to my sources, Surface Duo will ship with a Snapdragon 855, 6GB RAM, and up to 256GB storage. It will feature a single 11MP camera sensor above the right display that will be used for both front and rear-facing photos and videos. The displays themselves are AMOLED panels with a pixel density of 401 pixels per inch.

I'm also told that Surface Duo will ship with a 3460mAh battery, which contacts have said is able to get Surface Duo through an average work day, but don't expect an endurance champ. It'll feature USB-C fast charging, but I hear that current test units do not have wireless charging or NFC capabilities. It also won't support 5G, maxing out at 4G LTE speeds instead.

Category Surface Duo
Operating System Android 10
Display 2x 5.6 inch, 4:3 aspect ratio, 1800x1350 (401 ppi) resolution, AMOLED
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Memory 6GB RAM
Storage 64GB
128GB
256GB
Expandable Storage None
Camera 11MP, ƒ/2.0 1.12um
Security Fingerprint
Ports 1x USB-C
nanoSIM slot
Battery 3460mAh
Pen Surface Pen

The device will be launching with Android 10, but I'm told it'll be updated to Android 11 relatively quickly. In regards to audio setup, Surface Duo has two speakers, one for media playback above the left display, and an earpiece speaker for calls above the right display. The earpiece speaker does not double as a media playback speaker, I hear.

Microsoft Surface Duo design

Surface DuoSource: Microsoft

A number of people online have raised concern over some of the Surface Duo's design choices, pointing to things like the big bezels and a lack of wireless charging or multiple camera sensors as big issues.

Surface Duo has had a long, hard journey internally. Microsoft started working on it back in 2016 under the codename Andromeda, and the plan was for Surface Duo to be one of the first products to ship with Windows Core OS. Under those plans, the product was supposed to launch in 2018, but that changed when Microsoft dumped Windows for Android instead. That's not even touching on the original Microsoft Courier vision.

Because of this, the hardware has essentially been ready to go for two years, with only iterative changes being made to the device since. This might explain why Surface Duo doesn't have slim bezels or multiple camera sensors. These were only just starting to be a thing on smartphones launching in 2018. In 2020, thin bezels, 5G, and multiple cameras are pretty much the norm.

Microsoft Surface Duo size and dimensions

Surface DuoSource: Microsoft

Surface Duo's displays are both 5.6-inches each, equating to a total of 8.3-inches of real estate when both are in use. But that measurement doesn't include things like the bezels or tell us how thin the device is, which is important for those wondering if this will fit in their hand or pockets. According to my sources, Surface Duo has the following dimensions when closed:

  • Width: 92.525mm
  • Height: 145.17mm
  • Thickness: 9.60mm

This makes Surface Duo an interesting size, something that we've not really seen before in the smartphone market. It's wider than a normal smartphone, but also considerably shorter. I understand that Surface Duo feels great to type on in single-screen mode when using both hands, but some might struggle to use it one-handed.

When folded out, Surface Duo's width equates to a mammoth 185.05mm, which is definitely two-hand territory. That said, it's also incredibly thin when folded out, with either side being no thicker than 4.80mm, which is thinner than most smartphones.

The good news is that when closed, Surface Duo should fit in most people's pockets. The short height, paired with the relatively thin dimensions even when closed, makes Surface Duo a pocketable foldable phone.

Microsoft Surface Duo expected price

Surface DuoSource: Microsoft

The one big thing we don't know about yet is the price. Microsoft has remained tight-lipped on this front, but it's fair to assume Surface Duo will be priced comfortably in the "premium smartphone" segment of the market.

While I don't know this for sure, I wouldn't be surprised to see Surface Duo starting at $999 and going up with more storage. But that's just a guess at this time. Considering Surface Duo will be shipping with last year's specs, it may surprise us with a cheaper starting price.

Preorders usually open a couple of weeks before general availability, and I'm told general availability should be sometime during the week of August 24th.

What are your thoughts?

That's everything we know about Surface Duo so far. Are you excited for this device? Let us know in the comments.