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Higher cameras, 5G, Edge notifications, and different enhancements

The new Surface Duo 2 has been officially announced. What Microsoft calls “the peak of productivity” and the perfect companion for your Windows PC as it was developed to “demonstrate the power of Microsoft 365 in your pocket”.

The First Surface Duo was launched in 2020 to make way for a new category of mobile productivity. However, it wasn’t as great as many of us wanted it to be. It started with outdated specs and a crazy starting price. However, the latest Surface Duo 2 tells a very different story. It comes with some of the best specs out there. It has two 5.8-inch PixelSense Fusion displays that expand to an 8.3-inch screen when extended. Under the hood, we also find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G processor, 8GB of RAM, and storage options that start at 128GB and go up to 512GB.

We also find a nice upgrade in the camera department as it has a dynamic triple camera that offers a wide 12MP f / 1.7 OIS primary shooter, an ultrawide 16MP f / 2.2 and a 12MP f / 2.4 OIS telephoto lens secured with a TOF sensor . There is also a 12MP f / 2.0 camera with a two-tone LED flash on the inside or front of the new Surface Duo 2. These cameras offer an automatic mode with low-light and HDR multi-image photo capture and dynamic scene recognition, a dedicated night mode, smooth zoom that allows you up to 10x digital superzoom, portrait mode with adjustable depth control, and more. This camera can also record HDR videos, 4K and 1080p recordings at up to 60 frames per second, and slow motion video recordings at 120 and 240 frames per second.

Don’t expect a fingerprint sensor under the display on this device, as its fingerprint reader is embedded in the power button that’s just below the volume rocker. It also offers fast charging of up to 23W with the Microsoft Surface 23W USB-C power adapter, which isn’t included, and supposedly gives you up to 28 hours of talk time and up to 15.5 hours of local video playback. It will also support all current generations of Surface Slim Pen, Surface Pen and Surface Hub 2 Pen. I also have to admit that the hinge has gotten better with at-a-glance notifications on its edge display, but that’s still not enough to justify the price.

If you’re interested in a new Microsoft Surface Duo 2, pay $ 1,500. The device is available in two color options, Glacier and Obsidian. It comes with a one-year limited hardware warranty, but I would still wait for it to pass JerryRigEverything’s flex test before buying one.


Samuel Martinez

A former bilingual teacher who left the classrooms to join the Pocketnow team as news editors and content creators for the Spanish audience. An artist by nature who enjoys video games, guitars, action figures, cooking, painting, drawing, and good music.

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