Lucky UK shoppers will at last be able to get their hands on Microsoft’s magical folding phone, the Surface Duo, next week for a bargain-basement price of… £1,349.
The dual-screen device can be picked up from the Microsoft Store (presumably online only since the physical outlet has been shuttered) or Currys PC World from 18 February.
Even in non-pandemic times we can’t imagine there being much in the way of frenzied queuing going on. Especially at a price point that would leave even the most devoted Apple fanboi raising an eyebrow or two.
£1,349 is, after all, quite an extraordinary entry price point for what is – double-screen delight aside – a rather ordinary Android phone. Launched last year, the device features Snapdragon 855 silicon “optimized for dual screen experience,” 6GB RAM, and a decidedly not expandable 128GB or 256GB of storage.
To be fair, that should be plenty. We can’t imagine many people picking up the Surface Duo for its prowess at capturing still and moving imagery. The 11MP camera did not set the world alight in 2020 and has not improved with the coming of 2021. It is, however, good for “Microsoft Teams and Skype video conferencing up to 1080p at 30fps,” according to the Windows giant, giving an idea of whom this device is really aimed at.
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