Microsoft Surface Duo price, specs, & pre-order guide

Find out how much the new Surface Duo will cost, what its specs are, and when you can pre-order it with our FAQ.

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Designed as the first Surface device to fit in your pocket, Microsoft's hybrid of Windows and Android will no doubt make the Surface Duo an enticing device for professionals or those looking to embrace the fold-up phone phenomenon. But, if you've been looking for more details on what exactly the Surface Duo's specs are or even its price, then you might have found yourself struggling to find such information. To assist you, we've put together this full guide of everything we know about the Surface Duo specs, price, pre-order date, and more.

Surface Duo price and pre-order date

Unfortunately, as it stands at the moment, not too much is known about the Surface Duo. The upcoming foldable phone doesn't have a set price or a ballpark figure from Microsoft. However, based on the asking price of Samsung's similar device, the Galaxy Fold, we wager that that Surface Duo will probably come in around the $1,000 mark for the lower-end offering. Of course, this is all just speculation on our end, so that price could be lower or higher depending on how Microsoft decides to market the device, and how much they decide to put into the hardware itself.

When it comes to pre-order information, there's no real set dates or even timeframe just yet. Microsoft did announce the Duo as being available sometime in the holiday season of 2020, so we expect that pre-orders should open somewhere around October or November to make room for a December release. Of course, it's also not completely unlikely for phone pre-orders to open up a week or two from the official release, so we'll keep an ear to the ground for any additional info.

Surface Duo specs

When it comes to specs, we're not really sure what to say. Microsoft showed off an intriguing looking device, however, they haven't shared any of the details about the Surface Duo just yet. What we do know, though, is that the phone will feature a foldable 8.3 display that when folded will feature two 5.3 inch displays. It's unclear if the Surface Duo will focus on a more Windows-friendly chip as some of Microsoft's devices have in the past, or if the company will embrace the Qualcomm Snapdragon series to bring their new phone to life.

Microsoft Surface Duo specs, price, pre-order info
The Surface Duo when it was first unveiled.

The Duo does appear to be quite thin for a folding smartphone, though, so it will be intriguing to see just how in-depth Microsoft decides to go with the phone's actual guts. We do know that the Duo and the much bigger Surface Neo are set to run on WindowX, a new hybrid that combines the best of Windows with the best of Android. Microsoft did make it very clear that the operating system will be much more akin to regular Android OS than it's previous Windows Mobile OS, though.

Unfortunately, information about the Surface Duo is very slim pickings right now. We've got our eyes open, though, and our crystal balls ready to intercept any additional information that the tech giant might throw out about its upcoming return to mobile phones. For more information on the Surface Duo, head over to the official Microsoft blog post covering all the latest Surface device announcements. 

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    October 2, 2019 11:15 AM

    Josh Hawkins posted a new article, Microsoft Surface Duo price, specs, & pre-order guide

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      October 2, 2019 11:18 AM

      I appreciate you do this for SEO in the future, but man, this is such a nothing posting.

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        October 2, 2019 12:30 PM

        Maybe we should talk about Duo/Neo?

        https://www.wired.com/story/microsoft-surface-duo-neo-phone/

        They kinda look amazing to me.

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          October 2, 2019 12:35 PM

          Oh, no doubt. I posted in our other thread, but the Neo looks like a great replacement for my Surface Go - plus the best digital comics device ever.

          And the phone seems great in concept. I'll have to try it to know for sure, but I'm definitely interested.

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        October 2, 2019 12:40 PM

        Third most read article at the moment. We could just stop trying, if that would work for you guys.

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          October 2, 2019 12:49 PM

          Not at all. But it's a very long article that doesn't say much of anything.

          I know there are basically no actual tech specs to go over, but there are things worth talking about - the decision to go with Android coming from MS, etc.

          Please don't take that post or this one as being too complainy - I know you're trying to grow the brand and keep the lights on, but it'd be cool if the content was actually some worthwhile commentary or something. And I suspect it'd have more long term impact.

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          October 2, 2019 1:07 PM

          It's clickbait at its finest. The headline suggests that you know the answers to the price, specs, and how to pre-order when in fact you know none of that.

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          October 2, 2019 6:24 PM

          It worked for me

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      October 2, 2019 6:35 PM

      I’m intrigued by these things but it’s hard to imagine using them.

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        October 2, 2019 6:44 PM

        Oh? Why? The Neo can be used in all the traditional ways a laptop can given the keyboard. And it seems like the best device ever for digital comic books.

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          October 2, 2019 8:29 PM

          Neo doesn't have a screen big enough to get "real" productivity work done when using the keyboard. Maybe using it in dual screen mode propped up on a table or something with the keyboard detached, if that's an option would be ok but otherwise I'm not really super sure what use case they're trying to solve here.

          I'll be interested to see how this all shakes out in the end but it seems like the devices like the galaxy fold that can transition to one large screen instead of two separate small screens will be much more usable.

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            October 2, 2019 8:48 PM

            Eh, disagree, there's plenty of use cases for it. I already do plenty on my existing Surface and it's not notably larger than a single screen on the Neo.

            Also, there's quite a bit of "productivity" work that will use the stylus (media creation) where the additional real estate of a second screen works great.

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              October 2, 2019 8:55 PM

              They're 9" screens. That's going to feel quite a bit more cramped than the 12" screens that the surface pro have. Unless you have the regular Surface. I have a Surface 3 (with the 10.6" screen), Surface Pro 4, and Surface Book 2 15" and even the SP4 feels a little cramped sometimes. The Surface 3 was verging on unusable for stuff like coding.

              Using it as a straight up dual screen device would certainly be interesting but applications are going to have to be specially built to make use of the dual screens otherwise I really believe it's going to be a really cramped shitty experience.

              I think it's a cool thing to try and I hope they get enough software on board to make it good, but I'm not gonna hold my breath.

              I can't even really think of how I'll augment Werd to take advantage of the dual screens in a good way.

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                October 2, 2019 9:02 PM

                I've had a couple Surfaces, but the last time I got one it was a placeholder Surface Go...which I've been surprisingly happy with. The available "Pro" models at the time (maybe 10 months ago?) felt dated and didn't have type C and just didn't seem worth a significant investment.

                But I've coded on the Go with no real issue, though I do tend to not have tons of UI up when that's what I'm doing. Obviously it's not as good as the experience I have when I have my dedicated monitors and keyboard/mouse, but fine for when I'm out.

                The Neo seems like it'd be great for that, and if you needed more you have it, with the keyboard separated and the two screens in a horizontal layout with two vertical windows (or tab groups).

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                  October 2, 2019 9:05 PM

                  Yeah time will tell if this will be successful. I hope this is just a stepping stone to getting to Galaxy Fold style devices because the idea of separate displays that fold into one large display for watching videos is the world I want to live in.

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                    October 2, 2019 9:12 PM

                    We'll get there eventually, but I'm not sure the current folding OLEDs are the right direction.

                    It might be easier to develop a two-screen hinge that was seamless in one position. I know there are some standalone panels that can work that way that got shown off at CES this year.

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                      October 2, 2019 9:16 PM

                      Yeah that would be fine too. I just want the large screen that can fold up. I don't really care if it's one bendable screen or separate screens that combine into a seamless single display

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