The Microsoft Surface Duo 2 is the company’s second attempt at an Android-powered folding phone and it comes with upgraded specs and features compared to the first-generation – Surface Duo.
Unlike the first Surface Duo, where Microsoft omitted major high-end features, the Surface Duo 2 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 processor, a 5nm chip coupled with Adreno 660 GPU. It comes with 8GB LPDDR5 RAM with either 128GB / 256GB / 512GB storage.
As usual, the dual-screen Android device sports a 5.8″ PixelSense Fusion 1344x1892p AMOLED 13:9, 401 PPI display that opens up to an 8.3″ 2688×1892p PixelSense display with 100% SRGB, DCI-P3, 800 nits max brightness, and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection.
Unlike Samsung’s foldable idea, there is a hinge that connects both displays, which allows the Surface Duo 2 to open like a book or prop it up like a tent. One of the major features is the support for a 90Hz refresh rate on both screens for smooth scrolling.
There is a slight curve on the screen that allows the Surface Duo 2 to be viewed when closed, which shows you time and missed notifications. The head-turning design from the first-generation model is still here, with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
It sports stereo audio, support for a 5G modem, and the Surface Duo 2 is now available in a new black option, including the same white color. It lacks wireless charging but comes with NFC for contactless payments.
There is a Surface Pen that magnetically to the device, and a 4449mAh battery capacity with 23W fast charging via USB-C, Microsoft claims “all-day battery life.” However, the charger is sold separately.
Instead of the single-camera placement on the top-right screen like the previous generation, there is proper triple camera placement. A primary 12-megapixels f1.7 wide camera lens, 12-megapixels f2.4 2x telephoto, and 16-megapixels f2.2 ultra-wide lens.
The wide and telephoto lens supports optical image stabilization. You can also record video up to 4K 60fps or up to 1080p 240fps. There is another 12-megapixels front camera with an f/2.0 lens. Duo 2 sports Dual Mic AI-based noise suppression and acoustic echo cancellation.
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Pricing
The Microsoft Surface Duo 2 costs $1499.99 (NGN617,245 Nigerian Naira approx.) for the 128GB version, $1599.99 (NGN658,395 Nigerian Naira approx.) for the 256GB version and the 512GB version costs $1799.99 (NGN740,695 Nigerian Naira approx.).
Surface Duo 2 sports integration with Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams and lets you use any two Android apps simultaneously, and games like Asphalt 9: Legends are optimized for it. You can pre-order Surface Duo 2 today in select markets and will ship starting from October 21.