Everything you need to know about the new Surface Duo 2

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Surface Duo 2 is official! Here’s everything you need to know.

Microsoft has officially taken the wraps off its second generation Surface Duo, featuring upgrades in every single department. Surface Duo 2 has bigger and better displays, support for 5G and NFC enabling wireless payments, the latest flagship processor from Qualcomm, and a new Glance bar feature that shows notifications down the spine of the device when closed.

Microsoft has also made improvements to the Surface Duo 2’s design for a better fit and finish, and the device is more sturdy now too. Surface Duo 2 is a huge upgrade over the first Surface Duo.

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  • Price and availability
  • Specs
  • Features
  • Cameras

Surface Duo 2 price and availability

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Surface Duo 2 has a starting price of $1,499, a $100 increase over the launch price of the first Surface Duo. The device is available in more markets at launch however, and is expected to start shipping on October 21 in the following markets:

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Japan

Surface Duo 2 can be had in both Glacier White or Obsidian Black colors, in either 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB storage configurations. The pricing for each spec is $1,499, $1,599, and $1,799 respectively.

Surface Duo 2 specs

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Category Surface Duo 2
OS Android 11
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Network

Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax (2.4/5GHz)

Bluetooth 5.1

LTE: 4×4 MIMO, Cat 20 DL / Cat 13 UL | Wi-Fi 5 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz)

Bluetooth 5.0

LTE: 4×4 MIMO, Cat.18DL / Cat 5 UL

SIM Nano SIM + eSIM
Network bands

FDD-LTE: 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,12,13,14,19,20,25, 26,28,29,30,38,39,40,41,42,46,48,66,71

WCDMA: 1,2,5,8

GSM/GPRS: GSM-850, E-GSM-900, DCS-1800, PCS-1900

Display

Single: 5.8 inches (1892×1344), 401 PPI, 4:3 aspect ratio

Dual: 8.3 inches (2688×1892), 401 PPI, 3:2 aspect ratio

AMOLED, HDR, 800 nits, 90Hz

Memory 8GB
Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Camera

Front-facing: 12MP, ƒ/2.0, 24mm, 1.0um

Rear-facing wide: 12MP, ƒ/1.7, 27mm, 1.4um

Rear-facing telephoto: 12MP, ƒ/2.4, 51mm, 1.0um

Rear-facing ultra-wide: 16MP, ƒ/2.2, 13mm, 1.0um

Audio Stereo speaker
Security Fingerprint reader
Ports USB-C 3.2 (Gen 2)
Battery

4,449mAh

Fast Charging

Dimensions

Open: 145.2mm (H) x 184.5mm (W) x 5.5mm (T)

Closed: 145.2mm (H) x 92.1mm (W) x 11mm (T at hinge)

Weight 284g
Color

Glacier

Obsidian

The Surface Duo 2 is slightly thicker and heavier than the first Surface Duo, which Microsoft says actually helps with the overall robustness of the device. It’s much more sturdy, and the outside glass now gently curves into the edges for a better fit and finish.

Microsoft has also increased the size of the displays to 5.8-inches each, which means the bezels are now slightly thinner. Microsoft has also combinted the fingerprint reader with the power button, centered the USB-C charging port

Surface Duo 2 features

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Surface Duo 2 has a whole bunch of new features over the Surface Duo 1. Thanks to the slight curve in the displays down the middle, the screens are now slightly exposed down the spine when closed. This has allowed Microsoft to build a new feature it calls “Glance bar” that can be configured to show incoming calls and notifications down the spine, acting as a heads-up ticker when the device is closed. The Glance bar also provides visual indicators when plugging in the device to charge, and when phone calls come in.

There’s also a new lift to wake feature that will automatically turn the displays on when you pick up the device. This makes the Duo 2 feel faster, as the displays will already be on by the time you’ve opened the device. You can now also configure certain apps to automatically open across both displays instead of having to manually span the app once it’s open.

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Microsoft has also updated the Launcher with an updated “activity feed” which includes a new UI, a little more similar to the Widgets panel found on Windows 11. We don’t know if there are any other changes present in the Microsoft Launcher on Duo 2 at this time, but here’s hoping we get some more customization options!

There’s also new ringtons and text tones, default wallpapers, and Microsoft now has its own Photos app powered by OneDrive that provides helpful editing tools. Microsoft has also rebuilt the Camera app from the ground up exclusively for Surface Duo 2.

MIcrosoft is also selling a new “case” that can attach to the front of the Surface Duo 2 and enables wireless charging for the Surface Slim Pen. The magnets are now also stronger, so the Surface Slim Pen can actually attach to the Surface Duo 2 without falling off.

Surface Duo 2 cameras

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Surface Duo 2 features an entire new camera array consisting of a 12MP selfie shooter on the inside above the right display, and a new triple lens camera setup on the back side of the device, housed in a typical smartphone camera bump. This external camera setup includes a 12MP wide, 12MP telephoto, and 16MP ultrawide sensor.

Microsoft says the Surface Duo 2 has support for low-light and nigh photography aided by computational processing via a new camera app exclusive to Surface Duo 2. Microsoft says these cameras will provide a flagship camera experience, including support for features such as portrait mode with adjustable depth control, and low-light and Auto HDR photography improvements.

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The bump on the back of the device isn’t as intrusive as first thought. When in single-screen mode, the device now sits flush with the top of the camera bump. While that does mean the device won’t lay fully flat in single-screen mode, in our brief testing this didn’t hinder usability at all.

A real phone

Surface Duo 2

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From $1,499 at Microsoft Store

Upgraded in almost every way

Surface Duo 2 is a major upgrade for the dual-screen form factor, featuring larger 90Hz displays that curve down the middle, the latest Snapgraon 888 processor with 5G, 8GB RAM, NFC and can even charge the Surface Slim Pen via an optional case accessory.

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