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When Microsoft launched the Surface Duo last year, it felt more like a prototype than a fully fleshed-out product. While the dual-screen form-factor was intriguing, it was plagued by software and firmware bugs that Microsoft has worked to rectify over time. It also didn't help that the Surface Duo debuted at $1,399 with last-generation hardware and no 5G. Microsoft is looking to right all those wrongs with the Surface Duo 2, which just appeared in the Geekbench database. As we reported back in late July, the Surface Duo 2 comes equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, which is a considerable step up from the Snapdragon 855 in the original. In addition, this prototype is paired with... Read more...
There seems to be no end in sight for how low Microsoft’s Surface Duo will go. The dual-screen smartphone initially launched with a $1,399 price tag and was quickly discounted due to poor sales. In May, the price fell to $599, and it hit a low of $409.99 in early July. Today, BuyDig is selling the unlocked Surface Duo (128GB) in Glacier White for $389.99, which is a $20 price drop compared to the previous hot deal. If you’d like more storage, the 256GB model is just $80 more at $469.99. Unfortunately, the smartphones are locked to AT&T’s network, so keep that in mind. However, as we detailed in our previous article, you can reach out to AT&T directly to remove the carrier... Read more...
Microsoft had a bit of a rough first outing with its Surface Duo flagship smartphone. The Android device launched last year and was quite intriguing due to its dual-display design, which is not prevalent in the smartphone realm. However, Microsoft wasn't entering the market from a position of strength with the Surface Duo. It was [seemingly] overpriced, the software was buggy, it shipped with an outclassed SoC given its price, and it didn't even feature 5G support. Microsoft rectified the bugs somewhat with subsequent software updates, and significant price cuts have made the Surface Duo more attractive. Microsoft seems to be on the cusp of trying again with the aptly named Surface Duo 2. Alleged... Read more...
How low can it go? In May, we reported that the Surface Duo Android flagship dropped to a low $599 versus its $1,399 launch price. But it appears that Microsoft still wasn't moving the smartphones fast enough, as Amazon-owned Woot is now selling the smartphones at an even more attractive price point. Today, the 128GB version of the Surface Duo is selling for just $409.99 (brand new, factory sealed), which is nearly a $200 discount from its previous low. If you want to double your storage to 256GB, that'll add $100 to the price tag. Microsoft Surface Duo Dual-Screen Android Smartphone 128GB (AT&T) $409.99 @ Woot Microsoft Surface Duo Dual-Screen Android Smartphone 256GB (AT&T) $509.99... Read more...
Gaming while on-the-go has gotten better over the years as handheld consoles are becoming more powerful and widespread. Now, Microsoft is taking things up a notch by turning its dual-screen Surface Duo into a versatile game-streaming device by updating the Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) app for Android. This means gamers will have a virtual gamepad on one screen and the game on the other, which is rather awesome. The update, which goes live today, brings the touch controls for any Xbox game down to the second screen on the Surface Duo, rather than being overlaid on the game. It makes console gaming on the go much easier and less claustrophobic-feeling than on a regular mobile device. This change... Read more...
When Microsoft launched the Surface Duo last year, priced from $1,399, we knew it would be a tough sell. Not only was it priced well above what we expect for flagship Android devices, but it also came with an outdated processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, when flagships at the time rocked the Snapdragon 865/865+), just 6GB of RAM, and lacked 5G connectivity. However, the Surface Duo's main calling card was its dual displays, which was enough to capture the attention of a few Android enthusiasts. Unfortunately for Microsoft, sales haven't been as strong as it hoped, and its retail partners are now deeply discounting the Surface Duo. BuyDig earlier this week sold the Surface Duo for a low $699.99,... Read more...
Microsoft launched its flagship Surface Duo smartphone last year, and it garnered a lot of attention due to its dual folding screens. However, the novelty of the dual screens was offset by its older [at the time] Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, a maximum of 6GB RAM, and 4G LTE connectivity when most Android smartphones came standard with 5G. It also didn't help that the Surface Duo started at $1,399 when it debuted. The inevitable Surface Duo 2 is on the way, and a couple of job listings on Microsoft's careers website give us some insight into what to expect for the smartphone. A job listing for "SW/FW Engineer II" says that the "Microsoft Devices Software team is on a journey to create... Read more...
Word on the web is that Microsoft is planning to heavily discount its dual-screen Surface Duo device in its online store this Friday, but its retail partners are not waiting around. Instead, you can pick one up now for up to $450 off with activation, or $400 if opting to activate later. Either way, you stand to save several hundred dollars. The Surface Duo debuted last year with some impressive hardware in tow. Obviously the dual OLED displays are the stars of the show. When folded, users are treated to a 5.6-inch screen with an 1800x1350 resolution (4:3 aspect ratio), and it can opened up to function as an 8.1-inch tablet with a 2700x1800 resolution (3:2 aspect ratio). Microsoft Surface Duo... Read more...
If you've had your eyes on the dual-screen Microsoft Surface Duo, but have been hesitant to fork over $1,399 to get your foot in the door, we've got somewhat good news for you today. Microsoft is currently offering a $200 discount on the Surface Duo, which takes its price down to $1,199. That still doesn't bring the device down to the magic $999 price point like the equally intriguing LG Wing, but it's definitely a step in the right direction. The new $1,199 price is for the 128GB version of the Surface Duo, while the 256GB version also gets a $200 discount, bringing its price to $1,299. It's rather interesting to see a $200 discount pop up so early for Microsoft’s flagship... Read more...
iFixIt, the leading authority on tools and device teardowns, has gotten their hands on a Microsoft Surface Duo. For a $1,400 device, one would not expect “booby traps” in wiring, a “built-in death-clock” with battery replacement, and overall disassembly trouble leading to a repairability score of 2/10. iFixit's Taylor Dixon creates many guides and teardowns for the iFixIt community. His work covers Apple devices, PCs, phones, and even a plasma ball of all things; all of which span multiple pages of guide listings. On September 11th, he and two other contributors released their Microsoft Surface Duo teardown resulting in some less than savory results. Let us dive into some... Read more...
Yesterday, Microsoft officially revealed all of the pertinent details relating to its Surface Duo folding Android flagship. Today, Microsoft is giving us details on future support for the smartphone along with a commitment that will let customers they won't be forgotten once the company moves on to the next best thing. Microsoft is promising that the Surface Duo will get a full three years of Android OS and any relevant software/security updates (starting from the day it's released). That's a solid commitment on Microsoft's part, and matches the support window that Google provides for its first-party Pixel Android smartphones. It should also be noted that Samsung also earlier this... Read more...
Microsoft in the early morning hours revealed official details for its first flagship phone in years: the Surface Duo. Specifications for the device have leaked frequently since the device was officially unveiled back in October 2019, and Microsoft’s production specs largely line up with those previous reports.  First off all, let's delve into the specs for this intriguing dual-screen Android smartphone. Both Gorilla Glass-protected OLED displays measures 5.6 inches diagonally, and feature a resolution of 1800x1350. When combined, you're looking at a workspace with a diagonal size of 8.1 inches with an effective workspace area of 2700x1800 (which just so happens to be the same 3:2... Read more...
What appears to be official renderings of the anticipated dual screen Microsoft Surface Duo phone have leaked again online. The renderings are thought to be what Microsoft plans to use in its marketing materials for the new dual display Android smartphone. There are four renderings of the device, with the first showing the phone closed with its square mirror-like Surface logo on the back. The other renderings show the Surface Duo in various stages of opening. In the two images with the Duo partially opened, we get a good glimpse at the device's thickness, which appears to be on par with the Surface Pro tablet line. While these are the first seemingly official renderings that have turned... Read more...
It looks as though there’s light at the end of the tunnel for Microsoft’s Surface Duo dual-screen smartphone. First announced back in October 2019, the device quickly garnered the attention of the enthusiast community due to the productivity advantages and “cool factor” of the dual screens while running the Android operating system. However, much of that early enthusiasm has waned over the past 10 months as Microsoft has dragged its feet with a release. While much of the delay can be attributed to the coronavirus/COVID-19, it appears that Microsoft is finally [hopefully] ready to release the device. The latest confirmation comes from reliable insider Zac Bowden,... Read more...
We have been saying for weeks now that Microsoft's Surface Duo launch is imminent, and we stand by that prediction. Adding to our confidence that it will be launching relatively soon, the dual-screen Android device recently made a cameo on the Federal Communications Commission's database, with nearly a dozen listings. Most of the certifications were submitted in the first half of June, though a couple of them were submitted earlier this month. All 11 listings, however, were made available to view publicly on July 22 (this past Wednesday). Receiving clearance by the FCC is one of the final steps preceding a launch, which is expected to take place this holiday. One of the documents lists the Surface... Read more...
Microsoft's Surface Duo is joining Google's Pixel 4a in the latest round of "Will they or won't they" when it comes to releases. The launches of both smartphones have been "just around the corner" for months, and it now looks as though the former has yet another delay tacked on to its formal release. This information comes from well-connected Microsoft watcher Zac Bowden, who posted what he gleaned from sources on Twitter. "MS has pushed back internal plans to launch the device later this month," wrote Bowden. "Sounds like it'll still happen sometime this summer, just later than originally planned." So, with July out of the question, it's also appearing that August is off... Read more...
Microsoft is seemingly in a race to get the Surface Duo out the door before Samsung announces its equally intriguing Galaxy Fold 2. Now we're seeing even more evidence that the launch is imminent. Surface Duo assets have already shown up in Microsoft's Your Phone app according to Zac Bowden. The fact that Microsoft would put this unreleased phone in its production app shows that the wait won't be much longer. Looks like Your Phone already has the assets to differentiate between normal Android phones and Surface Duo pic.twitter.com/BBnKenOF1E— Zac Bowden (@zacbowden) June 20, 2020 Windows Latest is separately reporting that the Surface Duo, which will launch with Android 10 installed,... Read more...
Remember the Surface Duo? It was an interesting, folding dual-screen Android smartphone that Microsoft first showed off in October 2019. However, it's been a long 8 months since that unveil and it still hasn't been released. According to a tweet this week by Windows Central's Zac Bowden, Microsoft is pushing to get the Surface Duo out the door before Samsung launches its Galaxy Fold 2. That's probably a wise move, as the Surface Duo had pretty competitive specs when it was first announced, but it's falling behind the times as a "flagship" device for 2020. The Surface Duo reportedly features two 5.6-inch AMOLED displays that each have a resolution of 1800x1350.... Read more...
The cogs are turning behind the scenes at Microsoft as the company continues development on its Surface Duo dual-screen Android device. Microsoft is working to give developers the tools they need to ensure websites and other software will function optimally in a dual-screen form factor. Microsoft has begun rolling out support for the Surface Duo emulator to the stable version of the Edge browser. Previously, the Duo emulator could be enabled on the Canary, Dev, and Beta branches for Edge and Chrome. The roadmap shows the emulator is supposed to be completed in July 2020, but it can be enabled now in the previously mentioned branches. Microsoft's developer tools page reportedly shows there will... Read more...
Things have been relatively quiet on the Surface Duo front since the smartphone was first unveiled back in October 2019. Since that time, Microsoft has been relatively mum about the Surface Duo, and enthusiasts are eager to see the device out in the wild. Luckily, the folks over at Windows Central claim to have all of the latest specifications for the Surface Duo, and they're right in line with what we've been hearing since the device was announced. According to the publication, the smartphone will come standard with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage. However, considering that 64GB is a bit on the skimpy side these days, there will also be a 256GB... Read more...
Lots of smartphone and tablet users have been excited at the prospect of the Microsoft Surface Duo that skirts the line between the two devices with a fold-out screen and the ability to make calls and have a larger screen for work or play. Holiday 2020 is when we thought the device would land, but rumors continue to persist that the Surface Duo Android phone might be ready sooner than we think. Sources who claim to know what Microsoft is cooking up say the hardware and software for the Surface Duo are essentially done. Microsoft is reportedly working on finalizing the top-level OS customization and in-box app experiences that are specific to Surface Duo. That the software and hardware are complete... Read more...
It will still be several more months before Microsoft launches its Surface Duo, a new dual-screen device that you can slip in your pocket. The Surface Duo is essentially an Android phone developed with the cooperation of Google on the software side. We don't have a ton of details yet, though a leaked video points to an interesting "Peek" feature. Twitter user WalkingCat posted the video, which shows the Surface Duo partially unfolding to give users a peek at any Android notifications that might exist. The notifications appear on the right-side of the Surface Duo, and users can swipe to interact with them. It looks as though they can be deleted as well, without opening the Surface Duo completely.... Read more...
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