Microsoft today launched its dual-screen Android device Surface Duo in what can be termed as a low-key launch. In fact may were complaining on social media that Microsoft itself didn’t respect its own embargo.

Now, coming to the Surface Duo, while the device looks good in terms of its industrial build, its steep starting price of $1399, 1-year old processor in Snapdragon 855 and low battery capacity were the things critics noticed quickly. Even the rear camera that comes without OIS came under scrutiny as for an asking price of $1399, modern smartphone users expect the most premium experience.

Microsoft also opened pre-order for the Surface Duo with a release date of September 10.

Pre-order link

Microsoft has posted official video making use-cases for the foldable dual-screen device. Some of these use-cases do look impressive with Microsoft’s implementation.

Surface Duo looks very well-built because of its industrial design but the big bezels look imposing. Device also looks a bit big for one-handed use.

Another criticism of Surface Duo has been the number of bloatware apps from both Microsoft and Google that it comes with. Check the full Surface Duo specs below that also lists all these bloatware apps that come pre-installed.

Surface Duo Full Specs & pre-loaded bloatware:


145.2 mm (H) x 186.9 mm (W) x 4.8 mm (T)


145.2 mm (H) x 93.3 mm (W) x 9.9 mm (T at hinge)

Weight1250 grams
DisplayDual PixelSense™ Fusion Displays open: 8.1” AMOLED, 2700×1800 (3:2), 401 PPI

Single PixelSense™ Display: 5.6” AMOLED, 1800×1350 (4:3), 401 PPI

Display Material: Corning® Gorilla® Glass

Battery LifeUp to 15.5 hours of Local Video Playback2

Up to 10 days of Standby Time2

Up to 27 hours of Talk Time2

Battery Capacity3577mAh (typical) dual battery3
Battery chargingBattery charging using 18W in box power supply
Camera and video recordingAdaptive camera 11MP, f/2.0, 1.0 µm, PDAF and 84.0° diagonal FOV optimized with AI for front and rear


Auto mode with low-light & HDR multi-frame photo capture and dynamic range scene detection

Super resolution zoom, and super zoom up to 7x

Portrait mode with adjustable depth control

Panorama mode

Burst mode

Video recording:

4K video recording at 30 fps and 60 fps

1080p video recording at 30 fps and 60 fps

HEVC and H.264 video recording formats

Gyro-based digital video stabilization

Video conferencingMicrosoft Teams and Skype video conferencing up to 1080p at 30fps

High CRI LED Flash for both front and world facing photo and video scenarios

Countries, carriers, and compatibility4Countries: U.S.

Unlocked device: AT&T, T-Mobile***

Locked device: AT&T

Network and connectivityWiFi: WiFi-5 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz)

Bluetooth: Bluetooth® 5.0

LTE: 4×4 MIMO, Cat.18 DL / Cat 5 UL, 5CA, LAA. Up to 1.2Gbps Download / Up to 150Mbps Upload

Bands Supported:

FDD-LTE: 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,12,13,14,19,20,25,26,28,29,30,66

TD-LTE: 38,39,40,41,46

WCDMA: 1,2,5,8

GSM/GPRS: GSM-850, E-GSM-900, DCS-1800, PCS-1900

Location: GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou, QZSS

SIMOne eSIM5 and one Nano SIM

Note: AT&T locked device will not support eSIM

ProcessorQualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform optimized for the dual-screen experience
ConnectionsUSB-C® 3.1
Storage and memory6128GB or 256GB UFS 3.0 of internal storage6


AudioMono speaker, Dual Mic noise suppression and echo cancellation optimized for productive use in all postures

Best-in-class Full Duplex communication for voice calls in hands-free mode

Audio formats supported: 3GP, MP3, MP4, MKV, WAV, OGG, M4A, AAC, TS, AMR, FLAC, MID, MIDI, RTTL, RTX, OTA, IMY

Qualcomm® aptX™ Adaptive

Software7Microsoft preloaded applications:

Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Office Lens, PDF Reader, and more

Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft OneDrive

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft To Do

Microsoft News

Microsoft Authenticator

Microsoft Bing Search

Intune Company Portal


Microsoft Solitaire Collection

Surface Audio

Microsoft Surface Duo UI core features:

Dual screen windowing

Adaptive modes

App Groups

Microsoft 365 Feed

Dynamic dock

Universal Search

Adaptive Camera

Microsoft SwiftKey Adaptive Keyboard

Your Phone Companion – Link to Windows

Other preinstalled apps:

Google Search

Google Assistant

Google Calendar

Google Drive

Google Duo

Google Photos

Google Play Movies & TV

Google Play Store

Google Maps




YouTube Music







Sound recorder

Spotify (Unlocked)



My AT&T (AT&T)

Call Protect (AT&T)

Amazon Shopping (AT&T)


Operating System: Android™ 10

SensorsDual Accelerometer

Dual Gyroscope

Dual Magnetometer

Dual Ambient Light Sensor

Proximity Sensor

Hall Sensor

Fingerprint Sensor

Video playbackVideo Playback Formats8: MKV, MOV, MP4, H.265(HEVC), AVI, WMV, TS, 3GP, FLV, WEBM

Wireless: Chromecast support

Wired: DisplayPort over USB-C®. Supports video out when connecting via HDMI Adapter*

ExteriorExterior Material: Corning® Gorilla® Glass

Color: Glacier

Security and authenticationBiometric lock type: Fingerprint reader (1:100K FAR <3% FRR)

Lock type: Swipe, PIN, password

Security applications pre-loaded on device: Microsoft Authenticator

Language supportAll supported languages (Android™ 10)
Pen and inkingSupports all in market generations of Surface Slim Pen, Surface Pen and Surface Hub 2 Pen*

Simultaneous Pen and touch are supported

What’s in the boxSurface Duo

Surface Duo Bumper (Color: Glacier)

Surface Duo USB-C® Power Supply (18w)

Quick Start Guide

Warranty and Compliance Guide

SIM Ejector tool

Warranty91-year limited hardware warranty
The Microsoft Store Promise for Surface60-day return policy

90 days of free technical phone support

Free virtual workshops and training