After waiting and an important expectation, Microsoft has made official the launch of the Surface Duo 2. The Redmond firm has not given up on its foray into the market for foldable Android smartphones, but this time it doesn’t want to repeat the mistakes of the original model.
For this reason, it has opted for a hardware configuration that this time is up to the task. No outdated components this time. The Surface Duo 2 arrives with high-end features, plus the promise to amend the rest of the weak points of its predecessor.
Aesthetically, the new Microsoft mobile maintains a familiar line. The main difference is obvious and is the huge camera module at the rear. In this sense, the Surface Duo 2 comes with three lenses: a 12 MP wide angle (f / 1.7), a 12 MP telephoto lens (f / 2.4) and a 16 MP ultra wide angle (f / 2.2). The main camera and telephoto lens have optical image stabilization.
The front camera is also updated. Although it remains located on the right panel, the sensor is now 12 MP.
Another salient fact is that the screens are slightly larger than those of the original version. The two displays are 5.8-inch AMOLED (1892 x 1344) and combined they give a diagonal measurement of 8.3 ” (2688 x 1892). The refresh rate is 90 Hz, in line with the rumors leading up to the event.
The inner edges are still “generous” and the screen is a little more curved towards the hinge area to show notifications when the device is closed. While it appears that the gap between the panels is less than the original Surface Duo, it is still quite visible.
The Surface Duo 2 takes a necessary leap in its specifications
Inside, Microsoft’s new foldable smartphone boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and 5G connectivity. Many of the specifications of the Surface Duo 2 were not mentioned during the event, but have been published later on the website of the Redmond firm.
As speculated, the mobile will arrive with 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and there will be three storage options: 128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB. In terms of power management, the Surface Duo 2 incorporates a dual 4,449 mAh battery that supports wired fast charging via Microsoft Surface 23W charger.
Microsoft’s new foldable smartphone incorporates a USB-C 3.2 port and supports WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1 and NFC. The specs list is silent regarding UWB support, which had been rumored prior to launch.
In the sound section, meanwhile, the Surface Duo 2 now incorporates stereo speakers. In fact, Microsoft claims that you can enjoy stereo audio no matter how you hold the unit.
A device that remains focused on productivity
The Surface Duo 2 is a device primarily intended for productivity, and that’s where the two displays get the most out of it. The possibility of running two applications simultaneously remains one of the key points of the new Android mobile from the Redmond firm.
Another example of how to get the most out of this team is that the camera app now opens on both screens. On the right you can see what the lenses show, and on the left the manual settings of the lenses. It is clear, then, that what the Surface Duo 2 proposes is the logical maturation of something that we saw half finished in the original version.
And to delve into the productivity section, Microsoft has cataloged the new folding smartphone as “the ideal companion” for the rest of the devices in the Surface line. That is where the true potential of a device that has improved a lot technically, but must strive to earn a place among the general public, surely lies.
A key point to achieve the latter may be tied to the entertainment section, which Microsoft has not forgotten. According to the company, 150 video games have been optimized to take advantage of the features of the Surface Duo 2. Among them are Dungeon Hunter 5 and Asphalt Legends 9, to name just a couple.
It is also worth noting that the Surface Duo 2 is compatible with the Surface Slim Pen 2, and it can even be magnetically attached to the phone.
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