Microsoft’s first attempt at a dual screen Android device was not exactly a success. Mediocre hardware and consistently buggy software held back a compelling experience. But with the Surface Duo 2, the company wants to change it all with a device that focuses on the shortcomings of its predecessor.
First look at the Surface Duo 2, and you will notice that it has a substantial camera bump. It may not look like an upgrade, but it’s because it means the Surface Duo 2 has a much more capable and versatile camera system than its predecessor. The original has a single 11-megapixel above its right screen. That means you had to use the one camera for selfies and for ordinary photos. Add some inaccurate software to switch between camera modes, and the Surface Duo was never good at taking pictures.
With the addition of three new cameras, the Surface Duo 2 should at least allow you to take a wider range of photos. The triple rear camera series consists of a 12-megapixel wide-angle, a 12-megapixel telephoto and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide. The primary and telephoto cameras feature f / 1.7 and f / 2.4 apertures, phase detection autofocus and optical image stabilization.
The tweaks Microsoft has made to Duo’s dual PixelSense screens are less noticeable, but welcome. The new model has slightly larger 5.8-inch AMOLED screens that are merged into a single 8.3-inch screen. They are also brighter and have a variable refresh rate of up to 90Hz for smoother scrolling.
Other notable features include a new sound system that Microsoft says delivers stereo sound, no matter how you hold or position the Surface Duo 2. On the side of the device you will find a pleasant surrounding screen that shows things like how much battery life you have. . Oh, there is also a new Obsidian black that is very attractive, and you can magnetically connect a Surface Pen to the device.
Internally, the Surface Duo has a Snapdragon 888 processor with 8 GB of RAM. This is a significant upgrade of the Snapdragon 855 that features the Surface Duo, which is already showing its age when the device comes out in 2020. With the transition to Qualcomm’s latest silicone, the Surface Duo 2 also adds 5G connectivity. In the US, Microsoft will sell a mmWave variant that works with Verizon’s Ultra Wideband network. All that is powered is a 4,449mAh phone that, according to Microsoft, offers a battery life all day long. One thing to note is that the Surface Duo 2 does not have a charger in the box. You must supply your own, or you must purchase the recommended 23 W USB-C power adapter separately.
Pre-orders for the Surface Duo 2 are open today, with general availability on October 21st. The device costs $ 1,499.99 in the US for the 128 GB model. Microsoft will also sell 256 GB and 512 GB variants, which cost $ 1,599.99 and $ 1,799.99, respectively. The device also travels to Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
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