Surface Duo: Who is it for, and why it is so expensive.

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The highly anticipated Surface Duo has finally launched, and while there is a lot of excitement around Microsoft’s first foray into foldable devices, fans and critics alike expressed concerns primarily about the spec sheet and the price Microsoft is demanding for it.

The Surface Duo will ship with a Snapdragon 855, 6GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, an 11MP camera, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5, a mono speaker, and a 3577 mAh battery. NFC, wireless charging, and 5G not included.

There’s no denying that these specs pale in comparison to the recently released flagships from Samsung, Google, and other Android OEMs. So, you can imagine people’s dismay when Microsoft announced that it would be charging $1399 for the base 128GB model, as customers could pick up a OnePlus 8 Pro, for example, with all of the latest specs for half the price. Or even the recently announced spec-laden Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G for about $100 less.

Social media erupted. “What exactly was Microsoft thinking?”. “Surface Duo is DOA”. “2019 specs for over $1000”. “No one will buy this”.

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