23 September 2021
Microsoft has announced its second-generation dual-display smartphone Surface Duo 2. As the name makes it clear, it is a direct successor to the Surface Duo that went on sale last year. The newer version looks identical to the predecessor in terms of design but is packed with a number of noteworthy upgrades. There is no doubt that the team behind the lineup has kept complaints and feedbacks in mind while working on the latest offering.
The Surface Duo 2 comes with a 5.8-inch PixelSense AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus and 1344 x 1892 pixels resolution on each side. This results in an overall display size of 8.3-inches with 2688 x 1892 pixels resolution. The panel supports a 90Hz refresh rate, HDR content, pixel density of 401ppi, 100% sRGB wide color gamut, DCI-P3, and a peak brightness of 800 nits.
The display on the device also has a slight curve near the middle which Microsoft refers to as "Glance Bar". It is a small portion of the display which is visible even when the device is folded. It is meant to show quick notifications and alerts so that the user does not have to open the device every single time.
The team has opted for the current-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G processor, unlike using an old processor last time around. There are three configuration options featuring 8GB of RAM available with 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options.
One of the common complaints about the first-gen device was related to unsatisfactory camera performance. The team is looking to change that with a completely revamped camera module. The Surface Duo 2 has triple rear cameras featuring a 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor with f/1.7 aperture, a 12-megapixel telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture, and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture. The front-facing camera is a 12-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture and dual-LED flash.
The battery capacity has not been disclosed officially yet but Microsoft is claiming that it can deliver up to 15.5 hours of local video playback time and up to 28 hours of talk time. It further supports fast charging via the Microsoft Surface 23W USB Type-C charger. The foldable phone will boot Android 11 out of the box.
The Surface Duo 2 starts at $1,499.99 for the 8GB/128GB base model. The pricing for 8GB/256GB and 8GB/512GB options is set at $1,599.99 and $1,799.99 respectively. The available color options include Obsidian and Glacier. It is currently up for preorders with shipping expected to begin October 21st.
It can be purchased officially in the following markets: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the U.S., Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Japan.