The dual battery system totals just 3,577 mAh which is also seems barely adequate, particularly for a device with two screens to power. This is an interesting and potentially risky comeback, given Microsoft's success (?) with smartphones in the past, and also its form factor.
The key selling point of the Surface Duo is its multitasking prowess powered by Android 10 and running a customized interface that Microsoft believes will be a game-changer for productivity on the go.
Microsoft won't call the Surface Duo a phone, but that doesn't stop it wanting customers to ditch both their iPhone and iPad for this one foldable tablet that makes calls.
"Surface Duo opens into the thinnest mobile device on the market with an 8.1" PixelSense Fusion display connected by a revolutionary 360-degree hinge, allowing you to use each 5.6" display individually or together, across a variety of modes".
Moving to the rest of the Surface Duo's features, one of its highlights is the dual screen setup.
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Whatever you are in the market for, the Surface Duo has arrived to give yet another option in the tablet/hybrid market.
Late last week, longtime Windows enthusiast Paul Thurott posted on Twitter that Microsoft was planning virtual briefings for "Microsoft MVPs" regarding the Duo on August 12, which suggests that Microsoft is already well underway when it comes to prepping for the Duo's retail debut.
Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer, Windows + Devices, says the aim of the Duo is not to "reinvent the phone, but to inspire people to rethink how they want to use the device in their pocket". Microsoft said earlier this month that it was working to bring the feature to more of Samsung's phones, but for now, only the Duo and Note20 are supported. The 11MP camera on the Surface Duo likely won't help with that. The price starts at $1,399 and the company has started taking pre-orders in the US. The device packs 6GB of RAM and it comes in two storage variants - 128GB and 256GB.
The device weighs a little over a half-pound (0.55 of a pound) and measures 0.39 of an inch thick when closed.