Microsoft’s new Surface Duo 2 has all the features that were missing the first time
Microsoft has officially announced the new Surface Duo 2, its second attempt at a foldable Android phone. The Duo 2 retains the stunning design of the first-gen model, but it specifically addresses many of the complaints we’ve had. This time around, Microsoft is putting a legitimate camera there, supporting 5G, using a current processor, and launching bigger screens – things that are all very nice to have on expensive phones.
The Surface Duo 2, which is available in the same white color as the first generation plus a new black option, has two hinged displays that allow you to open it like a book or prop it up like a tent. Combined, the two displays measure 8.3 inches diagonally and both feature a faster refresh rate of 90Hz. A slight curve on the screen allows you to see it when the Duo 2 is closed, letting you know the time and time. missed notifications. Corning glass covers the screens.
Inside half of the device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor – a significant upgrade from the 855 chip that was in the first version. It also supports 5G connectivity, another upgrade from the first Duo’s 4G radio. Microsoft says it is the thinnest 5G device on the market.
The original Surface Duo was loaded with a single camera above the right screen, and frankly, it was terrible and one of the weakest spots in the hardware. This time around, Microsoft installed a suitable tri-camera system on the outside of the Duo 2, with a standard wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto camera system. All three cameras have a resolution of 12 megapixels, with the wide and telephoto lenses also having optical image stabilization.
Of course, the main selling point of the Duo product line is productivity, since they are essentially two standard smartphones connected by a hinge. That doesn’t change this year, and Microsoft says it has come up with more optimizations to share information between the two displays and stream a single app to them. The company announces 150 games, including Asphalt Legends 9, Modern Combat 5, and Dungeon Hunter 5, are optimized to use one screen as a controller while viewing the game itself on the other screen.
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