The much-awaited Microsoft’s Surface Duo phone is available now. It is a dual-screen Android phone launched from the maker of Windows.  The phone now available for ordering and will be shipped to consumers immediately. The Microsoft Duo is the first smartphone that the company has released since the end of its support for the Windows Phone platform offered five years back.

The Duo phone is priced at a lofty sum of $1,399. The phone has two 5.6-inch OLED screens, each with a satisfactory resolution of 1,800 by 1,350 pixels. The screens are neatly separated by a 360-degree hinge, which lets the user open the phone like a book or fold it again. The device is enormous—145.2mm×186.9mm×4.8mm. A phone of that size wouldn’t fit into many pockets! Microsoft, however, doesn’t call it a phone. It is a kind of tablet that has phone-like features and runs on a smartphone build of Android core with voice calls on the same cellular networks like AT&T.

Microsoft Surface Duo

Microsoft company earlier announced the Surface Duo phone and the Surface Neo, which is again a dual-screen hybrid of a tablet and a phone. However, the Neo is built for a Windows version that is designed specifically for the dual-screen devices rather than the Android powerhouse. In terms of specifications, the Surface Duo has 6GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 855 core processor.

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The phone is available in both 128GB and 256GB variants and also has a 3577mAh battery. However, it has only one camera of 11 megapixels, but this camera can either a front or a rear camera depending on what the user does with the hinge. The user authentication on the phone is done through a fingerprint reader, and the device supports input from a Surface pen. The Surface Duo has only one USB-C port.

There is also a single speaker, which means the user wouldn’t get stereo sound here. However, it would be quite challenging to get stereo audio on this phone with two speakers, given how the user supports or holds the device. The Surface Duo runs on Android 10. As Android 11 was launched a week recently back, the Duo comes with the Android’s prior version.

Dual-screen phones like the Microsoft Surface Duo have become a reality due to smartphone companies like Samsung‘s recent attempts to create foldable screens that didn’t work out quite well. However, their dream of building a smartphone-sized device to use a giant, tablet-sized viewport exists. Interested buyers of the Surface Duo can order the phone from Microsoft’s website.