And it has NFC!
The Surface Duo 2 has been confirmed for an Australian release, Microsoft detailed earlier this morning as part of a larger Surface presentation.
The dual-screen smartphone will be available in select regions including Australia from 21 October and starts at a price of $1,499 USD.
That starting price will get you the new phone in either Obsidian or Glacier colouring. The base model comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage. A $1,599 USD model comes with 256GB of storage while a $1,799 USD pricepoint ups that to 512GB (but only in the Obsidian colouring).
The second iteration of the Duo — of which the former is not available here in Australia — will add NFC capabilities, supports 5G and boasts a dynamic triple lens camera capable of 4K video. The Duo 2 will also take advantage of two high-resolution 5.8″ PixelSense fusion displays that offers a total of 8.3″ of display across both. The screens support 90Hz refresh rates, HDR, P3 color and can hit up to 800 nits of brightness. It runs on Android, so of course supports apps from the Google Play Store.
In terms of gaming applications, the Duo 2 will offer up an on-screen controller perfect to connect to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Cloud Gaming (see the image above).
Interested parties can take a closer look at the Surface Duo 2 on the Microsoft USA website; a corresponding Australian entry isn’t available as yet but the Duo 2 does feature on the general Surface Australia page.
We’ll update this story as more on Australian availability is provided.
Update: Microsoft Australia has provided more localised information about the Surface Duo 2, stressing that it’s being positioned as a commercial device down under.
Local pricing of the Surface Duo 2 starts at $2,319 AUD.
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