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Microsoft’s Surface Duo is its First Official Android Device

An Android Phone that transforms into a tablet

Almost a year after announcing it, Microsoft officially revealed all the details on the Surface Duo and revealed that it will be available to the public on September 10 for $1399(~Php 68.5k) for the 128GB model.

What makes Microsoft’s debut Android phone unique is its dual 5.6-inch OLED displays with a 4:3 aspect ratio and a 1800 x 1350 resolution that combine to form an 8.1-inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio and a 2700 x 1800 resolution. There’s no fancy folding display here: instead, you get 360-degree hinges and Gorilla Glass protection for both displays. The idea behind the design is that it lets you run different apps per display, functioning like a multi-monitor setup on a desktop PC.

Instead of fancy hardware, the main focus of the Surface Duo is how its UI can run any Android app without any modifications–with developers having the option to maximize the dual-screen layout.

Instead of fancy multi-camera setups, you get a single 11-megapixel f/2.0 camera that can shoot up to 4k60 video with EIS, along with features like low light mode, HDR multi-frame captures, and 7x digital zoom. Powering it is a Snapdragon 855 processor with 6GB RAM and up to 256GB UFS 3.0 internal storage and LTE connectivity. For the batteries, you get a two-cell design that combines for 3577mAh with support for 18w wired charging. While that may sound small, Microsoft claims that the Surface Duo can last for a day.

For its $1399 asking price, you get an 18w USB-C charger, USB-C to USB-C cable, and a bumper cover.

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