Here’s everything you need to know about the Microsoft Surface 2, including when it will be released.
Microsoft said the Surface Duo was not an Android tablet nor a smartphone when it first launched. The firm said of that device that it was a different concept. However, with the second generation of the Surface Duo series now known as an Android smartphone with a twist, Microsoft has reversed its decision.
The Microsoft Surface Duo 2 follows the original model with modest modifications, such as an updated data sheet of features and a more recent version of Android. The first Surface Duo is still anchored in Android 10 with just weeks to go before the debut of Android 12.
Microsoft Surface Duo 2, all the specifications
|Screen||5.8-inch dual AMOLED
90 Hz refresh rate
2754 x 1896 pixel resolution
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G|
|Others||USB Type C
NFC Fingerprint Reader
Aesthetically, there are not too many changes in this Surface Duo 2 for the previous release. The device is still built-in glass and aluminum, with an extremely slim body and a renewed camera system, which now houses a total of three sensors. The fingerprint reader has been moved to one of the sides, camouflaged in the phone’s power button.
Another notable change is that the Surface Duo 2 now comes in black, rather than only white. The device additionally comes with an illuminated LED bar on the back, which shows notifications, calls, and the remaining battery life.
It has two screens joined by a metal hinge, both 5.8 inches diagonal and based on AMOLED technology that Microsoft calls “PixelSense Fusion”. The high-resolution displays have been upgraded to 90 hertz to provide a more pleasant viewing experience. The two panels are also narrower and sport a curvature on their edges, while the gap between them has been reduced.
Improving the experience is also helped by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, the latest generation of Qualcomm’s flagship processor. This is a clear improvement over the Snapdragon 855 in the original Surface Duo.
RAM capacity has also been increased to 8GB, and internal storage is either 128GB or 256GB.
The battery has grown substantially over the previous generation to a capacity of 4,400mAh. In addition, support for wireless charging has been included.
Of course, compatibility with Surface Slim Pen has been maintained, which has also been updated. In addition, in this generation, the stylus can be attached to the front of the device when not in use.
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 price and when it will be available for purchase
As was the case with the original Surface Duo, this second generation will be released first in several select countries, including the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, before landing in the rest of the world’s regions.
It is priced at $1,499 and will be available from October 21.