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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.
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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.

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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
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1290 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-08-12 (Update: 2020-08-12)