June 1, 2023
Surface Duo brand sales continue, now down to $398
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You may have thought $1,500 was a bit high for Microsoft’s first Surface Phone, and you were right. While the Surface Duo has a lot of great hardware, the software just never fully came together. As a result, the price of this fascinating foldable phone has dropped like crazy over the past two months. A few weeks ago, it seemed likely that a two-thirds price cut would be its lowest point, but today it may grab a Surface Duo from Woot for $398, making it just $48 more than the freshly announced Nintendo Switch OLED out in October.

Even if you just wanted a quirky gadget to experiment with until the next one comes out, a Surface Duo for $398 is a pretty good deal. The two large screens can be used side by side or you can fold it into a small laptop and enjoy movies or gaming. Fans of Xbox game streaming will surprisingly enjoy having the bottom screen as a controller for your favorite Xbox games, and if you start looking for some decent emulator apps, you’ll find that there are a ton of other games you can play where you you too.

This particular Surface Duo is locked to AT&T, but if you want to unlock it for another cellular network, all you need to do is request an unlock code from AT&T or Microsoft. The only real downside here is software updates: If Microsoft is getting rid of these phones at such a rapid pace, chances are you won’t see much support for this model for a very long time.

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