Surface Duo specs: 11MP camera, Snapdragon 855, 6GB RAM and more

The Surface Duo specs are now official! Microsoft has unveiled everything you need to know about its first dual-screen Android smartphone, including specs, price, and release date. It’s coming September 10 for $1,400, and features a Snapdragon 855, 6GB RAM, and 128GB and 256GB storage configurations. Here’s the full specs list:

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Surface Duo specs

Surface Duo specs

Operating System        Android 10

Display                             Single:5.6 inch (1800×1350), 401 ppi, 4:3 aspect ratio

                                            Opened: 8.1 inch (2700×1800), 401 ppi, 3:2 aspect ratio

                                            Type: AMOLED

                                            Wide color gamut: 100% SRGB and 100% DCI-P3

                                            Corning Gorilla Glass

Processor                        Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

Network                           WiFi-5 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz)

                                             Bluetooth 5.0

                                              LTE: 4×4 MIMO, Cat.18 DL / Cat 5 UL

SIM                                      Nano SIM + eSIM (no eSIM on AT&T model)

Network Bands               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

Memory                              6GB RAM

Storage                                128GB or 256GB UFS 3.0

Expandable Storage        None

Camera                                 11MP, ƒ/2.0 1.0um, PDAF, 84.0° diagonal FOV

                                                 Optimized with AI for front and rear

Audio                                Mono speaker

                                           Dual mic with noise suppression and echo cancellation

                                            Qualcomm aptX Adaptive

Security                             Fingerprint


                                            1x USB-C 3.1

Battery                              3,577mAh

                                            Up to 15.5 hours of Local Video Playback

                                             Up to 10 days of Standby Time

                                            Up to 27 hours of Talk Time

                                             Fast Charging using 18W in-box power supply

Pen                                      Surface Pen (not included)

Dimensions                      Open: 145.2mm (H) x 186.9mm (W) x 4.8mm (T)

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

Weight                                250 grams

Snapdragon 855 vs Snapdragon 865

I’m sure many of you are wondering why Microsoft isn’t using the latest Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm inside the Surface Duo, and the reason seems to be rooted in the fact that Qualcomm requires all smartphone makers to include a separate 5G chip with the Snapdragon 865. Surface Duo’s internal design was finalized way before that requirement was known about, and therefore doesn’t have room for the additional 5G chip that’s required when using the Snapdragon 865.

If Microsoft were to use the Snapdragon 865 inside the Surface Duo, it would have to significantly redesign the hardware inside and out to accommodate the required chip, throwing out most of the work that Microsoft has put into Surface Duo V1. Critics have touted the Snapdragon 865 as a step backwards in smartphone design for this very reason, as it also uses more battery and increases the price of smartphones. This should change when Qualcomm builds a 5G modem into the System on a Chip (SoC.)

Either way, the use of last year’s flagship processor shouldn’t degrade the experience in any way. The Snapdragon 855 is still an excellent chip with great performance and efficiency.

It’s important to remember that Surface Duo isn’t about raw specs; it’s about form factor. Most of the innovation coming out of Surface Duo is in the 360-degree hinge and dual-display setup. That said, for $1399, there’s a lot of old tech in here that many people won’t be able to justify.

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