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That's a lot of questions to start the morning off but Microsoft thought it would be sly to let the news fly at 3 AM or so on the morning of August 12th.  Just in case you need a refresher, Surface Duo is the dual screen Android phone that Panos showed us last October.  Don't confuse it with Neo, the laptoppy looking gadget that he also unveiled. (see below)


See it here - Pre-Order it here.


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You will have to get a look at it in your nearest Best Buy or AT&T store although it will work with Verizon and T-Mobile as well. Prior to a pandemic we could have played with it at the Microsoft Store but those are now history.  I have all the specs pasted below but let's get the bandaid off real quick.  Starting Price - $1399 for 128Gb and $1499 for 256Gb.


Sound off in comments on your pain threshold with that price. I'm not surprised at it but it does make me think twice about such an expensive 1st gen device. A 1st Gen "Microsoft" device.  How many times have I been burned? I don't have enough time, seriously.


See it here - Pre-Order it here.


Let me know what you think and if you are going to order it or share it, use the link, https://reset.fm/duo and I'll get a few cents to pay the bills. Heck, at that price I may make some money if you buy it! Woohoo!!!  Share that link!

Tech specs



145.2 mm (H) x 186.9 mm (W) x 4.8 mm (T)



145.2 mm (H) x 93.3 mm (W) x 9.9 mm (T at hinge)


250 grams


Dual PixelSense™ Fusion Displays open: 8.1” AMOLED, 2700x1800 (3:2), 401 PPI

Single PixelSense™ Display: 5.6” AMOLED, 1800x1350 (4:3), 401 PPI

Display Material: Corning® Gorilla® Glass

Battery Life

Up to 15.5 hours of Local Video Playback2

Up to 10 days of Standby Time2

Up to 27 hours of Talk Time2

Battery Capacity

3577mAh (typical) dual battery3

Battery charging

Battery charging using 18W in box power supply

Camera and video recording

Adaptive camera 11MP, f/2.0, 1.0 µm, PDAF and 84.0° diagonal FOV optimized with AI for front and rear



Auto mode with low-light & HDR multi-frame photo capture and dynamic range scene detection

Super resolution zoom, and super zoom up to 7x 

Portrait mode with adjustable depth control

Panorama mode

Burst mode


Video recording:

4K video recording at 30 fps and 60 fps

1080p video recording at 30 fps and 60 fps

HEVC and H.264 video recording formats

Gyro-based digital video stabilization

Video conferencing

Microsoft Teams and Skype video conferencing up to 1080p at 30fps

High CRI LED Flash for both front and world facing photo and video scenarios

Countries, carriers, and compatibility4

Countries: U.S.


Unlocked device: AT&T, T-Mobile***


Locked device: AT&T

Network and connectivity

WiFi: WiFi-5 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz)


Bluetooth: Bluetooth® 5.0


LTE: 4x4 MIMO, Cat.18 DL / Cat 5 UL, 5CA, LAA. Up to 1.2Gbps Download / Up to 150Mbps Upload


Bands Supported:

FDD-LTE: 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,12,13,14,19,20,25,26,28,29,30,66

TD-LTE: 38,39,40,41,46

WCDMA: 1,2,5,8

GSM/GPRS: GSM-850, E-GSM-900, DCS-1800, PCS-1900

Location: GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou, QZSS


One eSIM5 and one Nano SIM


Note: AT&T locked device will not support eSIM


Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform optimized for the dual-screen experience


USB-C® 3.1

Storage and memory6

128GB or 256GB UFS 3.0 of internal storage6




Mono speaker, Dual Mic noise suppression and echo cancellation optimized for productive use in all postures


Best-in-class Full Duplex communication for voice calls in hands-free mode


Audio formats supported: 3GP, MP3, MP4, MKV, WAV, OGG, M4A, AAC, TS, AMR, FLAC, MID, MIDI, RTTL, RTX, OTA, IMY


Qualcomm® aptX™ Adaptive


Microsoft preloaded applications:

Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Office Lens, PDF Reader, and more

Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft OneDrive

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft To Do

Microsoft News

Microsoft Authenticator

Microsoft Bing Search

Intune Company Portal


Microsoft Solitaire Collection

Surface Audio


Microsoft Surface Duo UI core features:

Dual screen windowing

Adaptive modes

App Groups

Microsoft 365 Feed

Dynamic dock

Universal Search

Adaptive Camera

Microsoft SwiftKey Adaptive Keyboard

Your Phone Companion - Link to Windows


Other preinstalled apps:

Google Search

Google Assistant

Google Calendar

Google Drive

Google Duo

Google Photos

Google Play Movies & TV

Google Play Store

Google Maps




YouTube Music







Sound recorder

Spotify (Unlocked)



My AT&T (AT&T)

Call Protect (AT&T)

Amazon Shopping (AT&T)



Operating System: Android™ 10


Dual Accelerometer

Dual Gyroscope

Dual Magnetometer

Dual Ambient Light Sensor

Proximity Sensor

Hall Sensor

Fingerprint Sensor

Video playback

Video Playback Formats8: MKV, MOV, MP4, H.265(HEVC), AVI, WMV, TS, 3GP, FLV, WEBM


Wireless: Chromecast support


Wired: DisplayPort over USB-C®. Supports video out when connecting via HDMI Adapter*


Exterior Material: Corning® Gorilla® Glass


Color: Glacier

Security and authentication

Biometric lock type: Fingerprint reader (1:100K FAR <3% FRR)

Lock type: Swipe, PIN, password


Security applications pre-loaded on device: Microsoft Authenticator

Language support

All supported languages (Android™ 10)

Pen and inking

Supports all in market generations of Surface Slim Pen, Surface Pen and Surface Hub 2 Pen*

Simultaneous Pen and touch are supported

What’s in the box

Surface Duo

Surface Duo Bumper (Color: Glacier)

Surface Duo USB-C® Power Supply (18w)

Quick Start Guide

Warranty and Compliance Guide

SIM Ejector tool


1-year limited hardware warranty

The Microsoft Store Promise for Surface

60-day return policy

90 days of free technical phone support

Free virtual workshops and training

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Its a no from me until its a few iterations in, I had a Surface RT, I fell into the Lumia handset trap with Windows Phone on it, then the watch that they did, got the first one, it was ok, the second sucked a bit but the third was looking good, then they walked away from wearables..


This, just looks like an overly pricey 2 screen Android device to me, and given MS track record with feeling out new users/tech I dont trust them not to screw me over...

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Interesting design and I assume it will be a quality build. 

If I were travelling for work it may be a fit for me, currently it is not.

I cant justify the cost to get one to play with.

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I feel like I can't not get it. I understand the hesitation on a first gen device but 1) early adopter and 2) they've proven themselves with hardware at this point. If the release date was set even just one month later I might hold off for the Pixel 5 but I'm willing to plunk down the cash for this. 

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4 hours ago, schoondoggy said:

Interesting design and I assume it will be a quality build. 

If I were travelling for work it may be a fit for me, currently it is not.

I cant justify the cost to get one to play with.


I completely understand. I can't either at this time.  @JROrtiz Well of course you are! I wouldn't expect anything different! Let's talk when you get it.


@Trig0r  Again, understand.  How many times have I been the first in line for Microsoft gear?  It would take me a while to figure out how much stuff I've bought from them.  I still have my $600 Surface RT though!

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@Dave my RT is actually the only Surface I still have, the FD now has her new Surface Laptop 3, the offspring has a Surface 3 and there's a Surface Pro 4 in a drawer that was the FD's only unit.


I miss the portability but this ThinkPad I have from work now does everything.



I have just been put in charge of procurement for IT so that might all change...


@schoondoggy I know, you would have thought by now that the cost of the device, but then missing bits, would put a lot of people off, look at the Pro, no pen, no keyboard, yet its meant to be a laptop replacement, even cheap AF laptops come with a keyboard...

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I honestly cant understand why anybody would spend 1300 bucks on this. You could buy 3 Ipads or samsung tab's. Fully decked out for the price of this

I use a surface go tablet - the form factor is only a bit bigger than the duo. For travel, when my phone isnt going to cut it, i would much rather pullout the surface than this.
We microsoft fanboys have been burned too many times

From the windows phone (remember when the hot thing was window centenial, (allowing you to use your phone as a laptop replacement), zune media players, or the endless talk of augmented reality systems

This from a company that launched a browser in 2016 without the ability to run extensions!

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