Microsoft announces the Surface Duo 2, confirming 5G and Snapdragon 888 processor

At today’s Surface event, Microsoft unveiled the second generation of its Surface Duo device, called the Microsoft Surface Duo 2. It’s the world’s thinnest 5G device. The updated hardware carries over a few aspects of its first edition including the ultra-slim build, dual screens with a 360-degree hinge capable of all the postures of its predecessor. This generation bumps up every other specification to what you’d expect to see in a 2021 flagship.

The new Duo features a Snapdragon 888 processor and 5G (mmWave and sub-6) connectivity. Along with that comes a 90Hz refresh rate on both screens, which measure 5.8 inches. That’s not as good as the 120Hz refresh panel on the Galaxy Z Fold 3, but it’s a nice improvement over the 60Hz original. The Surface Duo 2 can be configured in 128, 256, and a brand new 512GB capacity, all with 8GB of LPDDR5 memory. Other improvements include the addition of NFC and almost 25% more battery at 4,449mAh. The Microsoft Duo will not ship with a charger in the box,  joining the rest of the market in that unfortunate trend. Microsoft is selling a 23W fast charger separately.

The Surface Duo 2, open to show its two screens.

One particularly notable improvement comes in the form of the triple-lens rear-facing camera system. You get a 12-megapixel main sensor at f/1.7 aperture with optical image stabilization (OIS), a 12MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom, f/2.4 aperture, and OIS, and a 16MP ultrawide camera with f/2.2 aperture and 110-degree field of view.

The phone also has a 12MP, f/2.0 aperture front-facing camera. The main camera is capable of 4K video capture at 60fps.  This is a major improvement over the original Duo’s single 11MP camera.

A side view of the Surface Duo 2.

The Surface Duo adds a Glance Bar to the hinge mechanism that can show you notifications without opening the device. The glance bar shows notification icons that are color-coded, so you can see what and how many notifications are waiting for you.

Of course, like the original Duo, the idea here is that you’ll be able to run two apps side-by-side, and some apps will be optimized to use both screens at once. The software was a major downfall of the original Duo, so we will wait for our full review to evaluate that part. Overall, this is a significant step in the right direction for Microsoft and the Surface Duo 2.

The new Surface Duo 2 will be available in two colorways: Glacier, and Obsidian Black. The price starts at $1,499 and is available for preorder starting today. For more on what gets announced at the Surface event, you can watch live and follow our coverage. 

Author: Adam Doud

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