Microsoft Announces New Surface Duo 2 With Better Cameras

Available October 5 for $1,499

The new Surface Duo 2 phone was announced during Microsoft’s Surface Event and will be available on October 5. 

Microsoft said the Android-powered Surface Duo 2 has a combined screen display of 8.3 inches and a 90Hz refresh rate for faster scrolling than the previous generation. In addition, the new folding phone comes in either a white (Glacier) or black (Obsidian) exterior and comes with a much-better three-camera system that includes a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, a 12-megapixel wide lens, and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens. 

The Microsoft Duo 2.

Microsoft

The Surface Duo 2 will also have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, 8GB of RAM, a range of 128GB to 512GB of storage, and 1,892x1,344-pixel resolution per 5.8-inch AMOLED screen display. Microsoft said that the new Gorilla Glass Victus covering the screens is more durable than the previous Duo model. 

As reported earlier this week through Federal Communications Commission documents, 5G supports, Wi-Fi 6, and near-field communication are also a part of the Surface Duo 2. 

Microsoft noted the addition of a side display bar on the Surface Duo 2’s hinge so you can get notifications and your remaining battery life at a glance while the screens are closed. 

It seems Microsoft has addressed and fixed the problems users had with the first-gen Surface Duo, which was plagued with clumsy, buggy software, a lousy camera, and a fragile, plastic frame.

Side notifications on the new Microsoft Surface Duo.

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The Surface Duo 2 will cost $1,499 when it becomes available on October 5. You can pre-order the phone starting Wednesday. 

Aside from the Surface Duo 2, Microsoft also introduced the new Surface Pro 8, a new Surface Laptop and Laptop Studio, the Surface Go 3 tablet, and the Ocean Plastic Mouse during Wednesday’s event. 

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