You may have thought $1,500 was a little steep for Microsoft’s first Surface Phone, and you were right. While thehas a lot of great hardware in it, the software just never fully came together. As a result, the price on this fascinating folding phone has been dropping like crazy over the last two months. A few weeks ago it seemed likely that cutting the price by two-thirds would have been the lowest point, but today you can , if you use the coupon code CNETMSD at checkout, making it just $50 more than the due out in October.
Even if all you wanted was a quirky gadget to experiment with, a Surface Duo for $400 is a pretty great deal. The two large displays can be used side by side or you can fold it into a tiny laptop and enjoy movies or gaming. Fans of will find it’s surprisingly fun to have the lower screen act as a controller for your favorite Xbox games, and if you go looking for some decent emulator apps you’ll find there’s a ton of other games you can play wherever you are.
This particular Surface Duo is locked to AT&T, but if you want to unlock it for another mobile network all you need to do is request an unlock code from AT&T or Microsoft. The only real downside here is: If Microsoft is getting rid of these phones at such a rapid rate there’s a good chance you’re not going to see much support for this model for very long.
First published earlier this month. Updated with new deal details.