Surface Duo to Launch September 10 at $1399

Posted on August 12, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Microsoft Surface with 91 Comments

$1399? Yikes. It looks like Surface Duo is going to set enthusiasts back a lot more than most probably anticipated.

“Unveiled today and shipping September 10, Surface Duo represents the next wave of mobile productivity, inspiring people to rethink what is possible with the device in their pocket,” Microsoft’s Frank Buchholz writes in a … Tech Community blog. For some reason. “Surface Duo delivers the easiest way to multitask on the go, bringing together the power of Microsoft 365 experiences and the full ecosystem of Android mobile apps. Starting at $1,399, Surface Duo opens into the thinnest mobile device on the market with an 8.1-inch 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. Do more wherever you are with Surface Duo.”

I have a few concerns with this statement.

First, Surface Duo does not have an 8.1-inch PixelSense Fusion display. It has two 5.6-inch displays separated by large bezels and a set of hinges. Even when laid flat, the two displays are visually and obviously separated.

Second… “the thinnest mobile device on the market”? That’s where Microsoft is going stake its claim? Surface Duo may be the thinnest Surface device ever made. But the thinnest mobile device currently in the market? Sorry. That’s impossible. But we can’t fact-check it yet: Microsoft never communicates the actual thinness of the device in this post, which was clearly rushed out because of leaks. (Check out the empty Surface Duo page on Microsoft Docs that it links to for an example of why I believe this to be true.)

I assume we’ll learn more soon.

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