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Surface Duo 2 drops with a triple camera setup

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Microsoft announced the next iteration to their mobile device, the Surface Duo 2, at Tuesday’s online launch event. The new generation focuses more on being a mobile experience, including features like 5G, NFC, wireless charging and other commonplace smartphone features.

The Duo 2 retains its predecessor’s design with two displays around the same hinge that worked well in the first generation. However, this time the displays get a bump too — a faster refresh rate.

To top it all off, there’s a new camera module featuring a wide, an ultrawide and a telephoto lens. Overall, the Duo 2 finally looks like a serious attempt from Microsoft towards an Android device, considering it’ll be running Android 11 at launch.

The Duo 2 should be available starting 5 October starting at $1499.99 along with several other new products in the Surface lineup as well as Windows 11. Pre-orders are starting on Wednesday.

A notification bar appears on the hinge on the Surface Duo 2

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The foldable ironing out its folds

As mentioned above, Microsoft has ironed out some major kinks and addressed many complaints that reviewers and users had alike.

Display

The Duo 2 gets the same two displays, albeit with upgrades. Combined, the two displays will give you an 8.3-inch screen that goes up to 90Hz. The screens also have a slight curve to them which allows users to see the time and notifications when the device is closed.

The new screens are bigger and have a faster refresh rate at 90Hz. | Source: Microsoft

The screens individually are 5.8-inches each, running at 1344 x 1892 and are OLED. Both screens are covered with Corning glass.


Performance

This time around, the Duo is powered by the Snapdragon 888, the latest and greatest Snapdragon has to offer and a significant upgrade from the previous model’s 855.

The Snapdragon 888 is a significant upgrade over the previous 855 | Source: Microsoft

You also get 5G, with Microsoft claiming that the Duo 2 is the thinnest 5G device in the market right now. Other upgrades include the addition of NFC and Qi wireless charging. There’s no information on how big the battery actually is, but Microsoft claims “all-day battery life”.


Cameras

The cameras or lack thereof was a major issue with the first-generation Surface Duo. Microsoft has addressed that issue by adding a triple camera module featuring a wide-angle, an ultrawide and a telephoto lens this time around.

The Surface Duo 2 camera module | Source: Microsoft

The Ultrawide is 16 megapixels, with the wide and telephoto lens being 12 megapixels and even getting optical image stabilisation. This does, however, adds a significant camera bump to the otherwise thin device.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: yadullahabidi@pm.me.

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