We value portability in phones at the same time we value larger displays. We already have “Phablets,” or should I say over-sized phones. Because now “Foldable phones” are the true hybrid of both Smartphones and Tablets. Microsoft has just revealed its new upcoming “Surface Duo” for 2020.
Here are some details of what we know so far.
Although Microsoft denies it is a phone, Surface Duo will make a Phone call and run Android; what can I say other than a phone: Dual Surface? Jokes aside, Surface Duo will be one of the early contenders in the “Foldable Smartphone” market: early contenders being Samsung’s “Galaxy Fold” and soon Huawei’s “Mate X” in late 2019.
Unlike previously introduced “Galaxy Fold” and “Mate X,” “Surface Duo” has a visible borderline between dual screens, but on a bright side, it has a 360-degree hinge which other contenders lack. Also, it features two 5.6-inch displays: Primary and Secondary. When unfolded, it features wide 8.3-inch Display.
Hardware and Software
Not only it will run “Android OS” but also come with “Qualcomm Snapdragon 855” which is already quite outdated for even today. It features only the front camera; that’s right: no back-camera for “Surface Duo.” Although Microsoft mentioned that this is not their final product, and there will be a change. Microsoft hasn’t revealed enough specs of its upcoming device. It is unknown which Android OS it will run and whether it supports 5G.
Microsoft hasn’t revealed the “Surface Duo” price yet. But, we can always estimate through comparison. “Galaxy Fold” costs $1,980, and “Mate X” will cost around $2,600. I do believe, Microsoft isn’t trying to compete with the top-line Foldable phones and will proceed to different segmented ‘Smartphone’ market. The estimated price is $1,600.
Microsoft has already mentioned that it’s not their final product yet and is ready to make a few changes. Surface Duo will be available in time for the holiday 2020 season.