Will you buy Surface Duo for $1,400? (poll)
Microsoft unveiled the price and other details about the Surface Duo today. The dual-screen device will cost $1,400 for the 128GB version and $1,500 for the 256GB version. The Surface Duo is Microsoft's first Surface device running Android and features a unique form factor that makes it difficult to compare directly to other devices.
The Surface Duo folds on hinge but doesn't feature a foldable screen, so it's not directly comparable to the Galaxy Z Flip or Galaxy Fold. It features telephony capabilities, but Microsoft doesn't position it as a phone, so it isn't comparable to flagship phones in a similar price range. It is a Surface device, but it runs a different operating system than any of its Surface siblings. For these reasons and more, the price of the Surface Duo is a unique figure to gauge.
In addition to the uniqueness of the device, the Surface Duo also features an interesting set of internals. Microsoft didn't include the highest end specs and certain features that you'd expect in a phone at a similar price. The Surface Duo lacks NFC, wireless charging, and 5G support. Microsoft states that it prioritized the core functionality of the Surface Duo, focusing on productivity features such as the device's two screens.
What do you think of the Surface Duo's price? Is $1,400 too much for the device or is it a fair price for a new product category from Microsoft? Let us know in the poll above and share your thoughts in the comments below.
Two screens are better than one.
Microsoft delves into the future of foldables with an ambitious dual-screen device, featuring two ultra-thin 5.6-inch AMOLED displays bound by a 360-degree hinge. This pocketable inking-enabled Android smartphone marks the latest in the Surface lineup, geared for mobile productivity.
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YOu must think of keeping that expensive phone for a few years to come.
It is outdated before even got released. What would it be after three years from now?
You are paying for the form-factor and the conveniences that brings more than for the internals of the device.
The same is true here.
This is a "Halo" device (no, not the video-game) that is specifically designed by Microsoft to prod the big OEMs (Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer) to begin building their own interpretations of it into their product mix.
Intel has done the same thing with their "Project Athena" line (most people are not aware that Intel directly manufactures and sells laptops) but they don't do it as a revenue stream, more as a engineering prototype service so they can sell the parts to other manufacturers.
Microsoft feels that dual-screen foldables is the "next big thing" so they have put out a device to pave the way for the rest of the industry.
Seen in that light, the price makes sense (but, they should have included the Pen in the price.)
Especially considering that MS cannot currently hurt any oems with the Duo, I think they should have just released it cheaper to draw more people in their ecosystem too (considering it comes preinstalled with MS launcher / MS apps).
It really does seem to be a half-hearted attempt at a significant new design style after all.
They did nothing to minimize the hinge area, nothing to shrink the massive bezels on the top and bottom, and nothing to the camera, no NFC, barely any "Phone" features to speak of, and very little to add in any "wow" factor. I think they are holding all that back for the Duo late next year.
They also may just be rethinking the entire "foldable" idea what with the debacle that was the Samsung Fold, and all the other "foldables" last year, none of which sold well at all.
> The target audience is not the "oh I gotta have the best specs and best camera". Look at the other products in the Surface line; MS isn't selling top specs, they are selling a cohesive experience. There will be those Day One adopters who have to have-to-have the newest gadget but the real target audience is the mobile workforce: salespeople, C-level execs, real estate pros. The target is *not* the person who needs to take the absolute best insta/twit/fakebook photos. On a smaller scale, they could also be targeting the gaming audience -> a Surface Duo + Ultimate Game Pass with xCloud is a very interesting proposition. Not cheap but interesting... > Specs: MS isn't trying to reach the over-spec'ed gadget g33k - and they don't need the top of the line specs for this device. Will I miss wireless charging? Probably, but I'll make due. NFC? Eh, not really. 100MP 10 lens camera? Looking at the photos I take on a regular basis, likely not. Remember how long it took the Surface Pro to hit its stride, most believe it happened around Gen 3 - but I still enjoyed using (and was quite productive with) the Gen 1 and Gen 2. If you need some of the missing features, you can always wait for a future release (fingers-crossed/hopefully). MS is offering some really generous trade-in allowances for the Surface Duo - heck, they're offering me $250 for my Samsung 8+ - I can't get that *anywhere*, so yeah, I'm taking it! I've also got $400 from Xbox and Microsoft/Bing Rewards points to use. When it comes time for a newer Surface Duo, they'll probably be offering a decent trade-in for the Duo, so I can use that towards a future lifecycle upgrade. This device, its features, its price - it isn't for everyone, and it's not meant to be. But like the original Surface line, it offers ideas and options that will get people's attention...
Regarding the original surface pro, it certainty did have its charms though for at the time. I still use one as a tablet, but at the time you got an incredible powerful tablet even for the price (using u Intel cpu in a tablet was impressive, others tablets use m/y like CPU's). It also came with a Wacom pen (another big plus) and the kickstand was new.
Now fast forward to the Duo, I really feel it misses something in comparison. The highlight is 2 excellent screens and thinness for a foldable. Spec wise it is slightly outdated but I think potential buyers here have could live with that if it would A) some extra unique feature (like build in pen) or B) lower price so it is on par with price/spec of other Surface products. Or perhaps a lower priced/spec'd entry model so at least the firm factor is somewhat accessible.
At $1400-1500, even products like the Go 2 m3 and ProX make the Duo look really overpriced.
Still am looking forward to possible further iterations of the Duo, I like the concept and potential.
And to everyone so eager to tell me that I can buy it unlocked, I'm clearly not as rich as you are. $1400 might as well be $14,000.
Yet this is all making me want that Neo more than ever now, lol!
I could afford it; I like the concept, including the use of two screens instead of one; what make it not an option is the execution of the concept, simple as that.
Half the price and i would be onboard , yes even with the ugly bezels lol.
No Front screen
No embeded stylus No thanks.
There is a more recent example: ZTE Axon M...
No one with great sales...
Exclusive offers, availabilities limited to only few countries...
1400$? I paid 1400€ for surface pro 7 256/16/i7! Are you really mad? I do real work in my SP7! fonesmore than 700€ are too expensive. People should stop supporting such products by not buying them.
I'll do the same as I did with the rest of the Surface line: buy version 1 for the experience, skip V2 and buy the established V3 again.
But will wait for v2 of this
* How well do the two screens work with apps?
* What is the battery life? (I fear it is somewhat short...)
* How is the video quality? Microphones? (E.g., for Teams meetings...)
* What about the Duo size? I put my Note 10 in my shirt pocket. I'd never put it in my back pocket both for fear of bending it. Would the Duo fit in a standard shirt pocket? (Probably too wide?)