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Surface Duo goes official priced at a whopping $1,399, hits the market September 10

The Surface Duo is available for pre-order now and will ship September 10. (Image: Microsoft)
The Surface Duo is available for pre-order now and will ship September 10. (Image: Microsoft)
Microsoft's Surface Duo has officially been launched after first being unveiled late last year. The dual-screen device is priced at a sky-high $1,399 which will certainly test the market, particularly given the general downturn in smartphone sales in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sanjiv Sathiah,

Microsoft has officially launched the Surface Duo and answered a key question mark hanging over the device since it was unveiled last year -- its price. In something of a blow to would be early adopters, Microsoft has priced the Surface Duo at an eye-watering US$1,399.

Microsoft will argue, of course, that it is a ground-breaking device and is worth the premium. It features dual  1800 x 1350 5.6-inch OLED displays and a premium build. The company has also worked closely with Google to customize Android to take advantage of the dual-screen approach -- this is aimed at making it a multi-tasking beast.

However, the rest of its specifications underwhelm at the price. It is powered by last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and paired with just 6 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. The dual battery system totals just 3,577 mAh which is also seems barely adequate, particularly for a device with two screens to power. It also has just a single 11 MP camera and will make do with 4G LTE.

Anyone still interested in picking up the Surface Duo can do so on pre-order through AT&T, Best Buy and through Microsoft's online store.

The Surface Duo supports the Surface Pen, sold separately. (Image: Microsoft)
The Surface Duo supports the Surface Pen, sold separately. (Image: Microsoft)

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-08-12 (Update: 2020-08-12)
Sanjiv Sathiah
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.