Surface Duo 2 Specs and Photo Gallery

Posted on September 22, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Microsoft Surface with 21 Comments

Surface Duo 2 delivers two larger displays, a three-lens camera system, a faster processor, and 5G capabilities.

Specifications

Size. 145.2 x 184.5 x 5.5 mm when closed, 145.2 x 92.1 x 11 mm when open.

Displays. Two PixelSense Fusion displays, each is 5.8-inches with 1344 x 1892 resolution (401 PPI), HDR support, 90 Hz adaptive refresh rate support, Gorilla Glass Victus protection.

Battery. 4449 mAh dual battery with up to 15.5 hours with local video playback, 28 hours of talk time. Supports fast charging over 23-watt USB-C power supply, which is sold separately.

Camera system. Three-lens camera system with 12 MP wide-angle lens (f/1.7, dual pixel, OIS), 12 MP telephoto lens (f/2.4, OIS, 2X optical zoom), and 16 MP ultra-wide lens (f/2.0).

Connectivity. Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.1, 5G (mmWave support in US only, Sub6 everywhere). One eSIM and one nano-SIM, unlocked for all carriers.

Processor. Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform.

RAM. 8 GB LPDDR5 RAM.

Storage. 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB.

Connectivity. USB-C 3.2 Gen 2.

Audio. Stereo speaker, dual mics with AI-based noise suppression.

Security. Fingerprint reader.

OS. Android 11, with stock Google apps and tons of Microsoft apps.

Colors. Glacier (white) or Obsidian (black).

Photos

These photos were provided by Microsoft.

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Comments (21)

21 responses to “Surface Duo 2 Specs and Photo Gallery”

  1. wolters

    I'm extremely curious of the camera can hold up for someone like me that has been a Pixel and later model Samsung camera fan. Camera is #1 for me.

  2. Brent Morris

    Only runs Android = Epic Failure

    Still as USB-C = Smart thinking as it not an Apple trash product.

  3. red.radar

    I feel like the two 2's in the name will go down in some marketing case study for bad product names.

    • John Craig

      Ha! Good point, I hadn't thought of that :)


      Maybe they should have gone with Surface "We're finally acknowledging that this is, indeed, a phone and needs phone stuff to succeed" Duo.


      Not very catchy, but wholly accurate :)

  4. komosis

    They are now nearly sold out. Only the Glacier 256 was left when I checked. That's a win for Microsoft, or did they make few this time around?

  5. jordan_meyer

    You flipped the dimensions for open vs closed

  6. erichk

    Man, if only my phone budget wasn't restricted to the $150 to $200 range I'd love to have one of these. :)

  7. rmlounsbury

    The Duo 2 is what the Duo 1 should have been instead of a device carrying a bunch of legacy tech that really felt half-baked and overpriced. We'll see if getting a Duo that has a proper camera array and modern features is enough to get people to buy into the platform.


    There is still a big question mark on the software side. the Duo 1 is STILL running Android 10 and we are close to the launch date of Android 12 for goodness sake. Most updates for the duo are just security and stability updates and not bringing much to the feature side. The other problem on the software side is that Microsoft is the only company with an Android phone that has two seperate screens instead of one large fold-able screen. Side-by-side apps are nice but outside of Microsoft's applications there isn't much out there that takes advantage of separate panels. I don't really see developers starting to embrace dual screens vs. the large foldable screen that Samsung and other Android hardware makes are bringing to market.


    I have a Duo 1 in my office drawer. I pull it out and tinker with it from time to time. I'm hoping the Duo 1 gets an Android 12 update in-step with Duo 2 to see what the next iteration of the device is. I still have an irrational desire to get a Duo 2 but I'm going to temper that until I find more function in the software on my Duo 1. I'm also disappointed (though not surprised) that Microsoft does not appear to offer a trade in deal for the Duo 1 for the Duo 2. It would have been a nice olive branch to early adopters.

    • bleeman

      Not a great deal, but if you go through their trade-in screens they're offering $475 for the Surface Duo on a trade-in for the Duo 2.

      • SvenJ

        The conspiracy theorist in me thinks they have been having sales as low as $400, so a $475 trade-in wouldn't be so insulting.

  8. John Craig

    Great, awesome, big improvements on the original Duo, etc but I'm still struggling with that camera bump.


    For only the briefest of seconds, we saw a pre-recorded video of someone using the device as a phone. Not one of the "live" presenters folded it and put it to their ear.


    Which begs the question, is it the kind of device that can be comfortably used as a phone?


    If the device is 11mm closed, how thick is it when closed in phone mode (turned outward)?


    The camera looks at least 3-4mm thick. That's a chunky bit of kit to lift to your face.


    And now it doesn't lie flat, which makes the whole "it's a cool note taker" pitch a bit void. Who wants a wobbly notebook?



  9. slbailey1

    Can I get a locked version of the DUO 2 for Verizon so that I can get Verizon support?

    • bhatech

      Nothing prevents you from buying the better non-carrier version that Microsoft sells and use on Verizon.


      Instead of the crappy, bloat filled carrier phones. I hope everyone stops making the useless carrier models. Hate carriers being gatekeepers and deciding which phone is successful or not. Love when Apple doesn't bend over to carriers.

    • derylmccarty

      Both ATT and Verizon options appear in the MSFT store ordering along with old sim etc.

    • epsjrno

      I have the same question. Here in Louisiana, I have found that Verizon has withstood more wide area issues related to weather and/or flooding. Until I see other carriers catching up, I'm pretty much sticking with Verizon.

    • crmguru

      It is sold as an Unlocked device. So you can buy and activate on any carrier.

  10. crunchyfrog

    These are some great upgrades to the device but now that they have a camera bump on the back, the Duo 2 really needs a front facing screen to interact with and make calls on.


    I had the first Duo and felt it was too awkward having to fold the thing over so much to make calls with that I finally left it folded open all of the time. This is not something that would be as easy to do with this change.


    I am now using the Z Fold 3 and find it to be much more practical to use for daily use and the single inner screen is far superior for consuming content on.


    • John Craig

      I totally agree. Even with the original Duo, I believed that an external screen would enhance the user experience, but when those Duo 2 pictures leaked, my first thought was "surely now they'll add an external screen. How on earth would you use it without one?"


      If they're willing to sacrifice the smooth outer, ahem, surface of the device with a camera bump, why not go all in and add more furniture to the outer body with a decent size external screen?


      I so wanted to be excited with this device, and maybe I'll be proven wrong after the first user reviews start to come in, but I really feel that omitting an external screen to act as a camera viewfinder and quick notification centre is going to be a problem.


      Every foldable mobile device that's starting to see some consumer success (the list is admittedly short...Galaxy fold and flip, please step up) has an interactive, useful external screen.


      Why does Microsoft believe this shouldn't apply to their device? Whether it's arrogance, oversight, or under-engineering, it's going to hold the Duo 2 back.

  11. SvenJ

    One thing not noted in the abbreviated specs here is the 2 has NFC for payments. The original not having that really limited the adoption for many areas. Not so much for US, but it was a big sticking point overseas.

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