Microsoft is officially returning to smartphones, with the launch of. The company appeared to give up on phones after Windows Phone failed spectacularly, but it's giving them a go again and appears to be taking an innovative approach by not only releasing a dual-screen device but one that runs Android instead of a version of Windows 10.
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What is the Microsoft Surface Duo?
The Surface Duo debuted at an October 2019 event alongside the Windows 10X-powered Surface Neo. It features two screens connected by a 360-degree hinge and is designed to run a modified version of Android. It's therefore considered a dual-screen Android phone -- although Microsoft simply describes the device as the "newest member of the Surface family."
How much does Surface Duo cost?
The Surface Duo has a starting price of $1,399 for the 128GB model. The 256GB model is $1,499.
When will Surface Duo be available?
The Surface Duo launches in the US on Sept. 10, 2020. Pre-orders start Aug. 12, 2020.
It's unclear if it will receive a wider release.
How to pre-order Surface Duo
Surface Duo works on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon networks (including subsidiary and international partner networks).
You can pre-order Surface Duo through the online Microsoft Store starting Aug. 12, 2020. You can use an existing SIM card and activate later, or you can order it with an AT&T SIM card.
Surface Duo comes to AT&T starting at 12am ET on Aug. 13, 2020. You can choose from 128GB or 256GB options for $1,399 and $1,499, respectively. Or, if you qualify, you can get Surface Duo on an installment plan through AT&T. These plans cost up to $47 (for 128GB model) and $50 (for 256GB model) per month over 30 months.
Are there any Surface Duo deals?
If you pre-order the Surface Duo from the Microsoft Store, you will see the option to save up to $50 on Microsoft 365, and you can save up to $33 on the Surface Slim Pen. If you choose to pre-order from AT&T instead, you can spread the cost of the phone over a monthly payment plan, which we provide details on above. These are the only "deals" we've found so far.