New Floor Duo 2: Nearly every thing is best now

New Surface Duo 2: Almost everything is better now

The Floor Duo 2 has new rear cameras, 5G and a brand new processor, arriving this fall.


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Microsoft’s Floor Duo 2, introduced in the present day on the firm’s digital Floor occasion, appears to be like prefer it’s addressed a number of the earlier Duo’s shortcomings: generally sluggish efficiency, just one digicam and a scarcity of 5G. Whether or not it may possibly compete with the Samsung Galaxy Fold 3 stays to be seen, however the Duo lastly has 5G, extra cameras, a sooner processor and even a aspect show. The Duo 2 begins at $1,499 and is obtainable for preorder, arriving October 5. Here is what it’s worthwhile to find out about Microsoft’s new Android telephone and the way it goals to compete. Will its efficiency lastly really feel higher?

Learn right here for all of the methods it is improved in comparison with the primary Duo, and extra about all of the Duo 2 digicam upgrades, the brand new Floor Slim Pen 2, Floor Professional 8, Floor Go 3, Floor Laptop computer Studio and Floor Adaptive Equipment

Design thought: comparable however with a sidebar show on the hinge

The Duo 2 appears to be like the identical at first as final yr. It is nonetheless like a folding all-glass Moleskine ebook, with two separate screens related by a hinge, versus one steady bendable show just like the Galaxy Fold 3 and Z Flip 3. It folds again right into a tent mode and can even confide in see each screens directly, or flip again to make use of only one display screen. Glass covers the back and front panels, similar to earlier than.

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A brand new edge show alongside the hinge reveals notifications now.


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The twin 5.8-inch AMOLED are a bit bigger than the 5.6-inch screens have been earlier than. They confide in about 8.3 inches of complete area, with 1,892×1,344-pixel decision per show. The glass protecting the shows is now Gorilla Glass Victus, which Microsoft guarantees shall be extra sturdy. Additionally, the shows at the moment are barely curved in on the hinge, which appears to be like prefer it means much less of a spot between shows and a extra fluid look. The shows are 90Hz this time, too.

There’s one massive new function: a strip working down the aspect of the Duo 2’s hinge that may present battery life and notifications, form of like edge shows on different telephones have had. Contemplating the folded-up Duo 2 does not have an outer display screen on the opposite aspect, this may very well be helpful for incoming calls. That Look Bar appears to be like very helpful, although.


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Beefed-up processor, more storage

The Duo 2 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor this time, just like the Z Fold 3. The step up from the last Duo’s Snapdragon 855 chip should help the phone feel more fluid than the original, which felt laggy. The phone runs Android, similar to before, with Microsoft’s own custom apps and some interface touches in the OS that are optimized for these specific displays and the Pen stylus.

The storage options range from 128GB to 512GB and there’s 8GB of RAM on the new Duo 2.

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Microsoft’s new Pen magnetically charges and has vibrating haptics.


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A new Pen

Microsoft’s still-stubby new Slim Pen 2 looks interesting: It has vibrating haptics this time which promise a more tactile feel when writing, and a “Zero-Force inking” feature that will write without needing to press on the display with the Pen tip. The new Pen charges magnetically with the Duo 2 when it’s in a new Duo 2 charge case.

Triple rear cameras

There’s now an external camera on the Duo 2 — three of them, in fact: a f/1.7 12-megapixel telephoto lens, a f/2.4 12MP wide lens, and a third 16MP ultrawide camera, with optical image stabilization. There’s a night mode, portrait mode, HDR and it can record at 4K up to 60fps plus record slow-mo. It sounds like a pretty complete package, especially considering the last Duo only had a single inner camera. The cameras also have a time of flight sensor for helping with focus. 

The camera package sounds extremely promising, especially compared to the previous Duo’s lack of any rear cameras at all. The camera app Microsoft has on the Duo 2 also lets one display work as a viewfinder while the other can show previous photos for comparison: this could be really helpful for trying to make a shot better.

The Duo 2’s inside camera looks similar to before: it’s 12MP. I’m curious how well it handles Zoom calls this time.

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The dual-screen design is still largely the same, although the displays are slightly bigger.


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5G, finally (and NFC)

5G is now included in the Surface Duo, unlike last year’s LTE-equipped Duo. The phone supports mmWave and Sub-6 frequencies and also has Wi-Fi 6. The lack of 5G on last year’s Duo was one of its key missing features for a supposedly premium work phone. Also, NFC (not on the first Duo either) is onboard, which should help with a variety of tap-to-connect everyday uses.

Will it finally feel good to use?

The last Surface Duo didn’t win me over with its software, or feel easy to multitask on. I love the idea of what it represents, but will Microsoft have the software better polished and optimized this time around? The hardware seems totally refreshed and now very much ready to compete with other premium phones. The next part is nailing the execution of it all and showing us we need a two-screen phone in the first place.

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