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Apart from its inherent software shortcomings, however, the incredibly versatile and lightweight mobile device suffered from an inexcusable case of poor value for money at launch, fetching an almost obscene $1,400 and up. Granted, Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G is even costlier, but compared to that foldable beast, this thing looks like a, well, metaphorical lightweight, lacking 5G speeds, packing an outdated high-end processor and coming with a single camera in tow pulling double duty to also fulfill selfie shooting tasks.
bring that starting price down by a cool $200 with no strings attached, the latter retailer is now ready to save you up to a whopping 450 bucks on both the 128 and 256GB storage configurations of the unlocked Glacier-coated Surface Duo.While it arguably took Microsoft and Best Buy far too long to
The full $450 discount requires upfront activation on Verizon or AT&T, mind you, but if you don't want to commit to any specific US wireless service provider right away, Best Buy will still sell you the aforementioned entry-level model at a much more reasonable than usual $1,000 while charging $1,100 for a 256 gig variant normally priced at $1,500.
There's no word on when this excellent new deal might expire, but in case you're wondering, Microsoft is currently offering no unlocked Surface Duo discounts whatsoever on its official US website.
At $1,000 and up, this groundbreaking handset undercuts the Galaxy Z Flip 5G, which recently dropped from a $1,450 list price to $1,200 for good, as well as the prohibitive Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G. Its main advantage over both those 5G-enabled Samsung foldables is the towering 8.1-inch screen real estate, which goes down to a still-impressive 5.6 inches of AMOLED goodness in a folded position.
The rest of the specifications are not exactly remarkable for a $1,000+ 2021 phone, but then again, this is hardly what we'd call a typical 2021 phone.