Microsoft’s first collapsible was announced nearly two years ago, but the smartphone didn’t come out nearly a year later. The original Surface Duo managed to break the ground it wanted, but Microsoft wants to go further, so they decided to release the Surface Duo 2.
For the most part, Surface Duo 2 looks a lot like the original. Microsoft even decided to go with two separate monitors instead of a single screen. Both measure 5.8 inches and a notable feature is that they now have a 90 Hz refresh rate that will allow for a better scrolling and gamer experience. The screen combines a total of 8.3 inches.
In addition, Surface Duo 2 also features annotations and drawings with the Surface Slim Pen 2 upgrade that can be wirelessly charged by Duo 2 when they are magnetically coupled. a physical change here is that the buttons are no longer on the edges, but on the flatter side of the pen. At the same time, the pen tip is sharper. In Windows, you get small mechanical vibrations to feel the pen on paper. It sends “tactile signals through touch receptors at your fingertips.”
Below, check out a video with the presentation of this product:
The Surface Duo 2 still has huge bezels on the top and bottom, and another hardware change is the dedicated rear camera this time around. The foldable feature has a system of triple lenses consisting of a 12 megapixel primary camera, a 16 megapixel ultra-wide camera or a 12 megapixel telephoto camera. This results in a significant bump, ensuring the device does not lie flat on the table or fully closed in smartphone mode.
Other changes include a new black color, the USB Type-C port is now in the center, the fingerprint sensor is also on the right side, but is now integrated into the power switch.
Below, check out a brief video with the animation of the notifications (I thought it was very good):
Microsoft’s Surface Duo 2 has a neat little way of showing you notifications using the hinge. Here’s our hands-on: https://t.co/hyeikn3gDg pic.twitter.com/qG51wxdS93
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) September 22, 2021
One of the suggested uses for these two screens is, of course, for Xbox games via Gaming Cloud. By streaming it is possible to play many Xbox Game Pass games that normally need modern PCs or new generation Xbox consoles. That way, you can use one of the screens as a controller while playing or expand the way you play your games.
The Surface Duo 2 also received a hardware upgrade on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, 8GB of RAM, 128 or 256GB of storage, Bluetooth 5.0 and 5G connectivity. What did you think?