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Dual screen and foldable handsets have been around for a few years now, but they are yet to win over the consumer majority. Dual screen and flexible screen technology have certainly come a long way, but wear and tear normally creep in after extended use. Samsung includes a complimentary screen care service for all of their foldable handsets to combat this issue for example.
The Surface Pro Duo had a mediocre success, with major gripes boiling down to build quality and outdated features. This is something foldable handsets have had to grapple with to keep costs down, all in aid of the foldable gimmick. Rumored to have much better specs and a gold old brand refresh, here’s information on the Microsoft Surface Duo 2 release date, specs, and features.
Microsoft announced that all Surface devices would launch alongside Windows 11 on October 5th.
Let’s hope it’s less than the 11-month wait/staggard release of the original Surface Duo alongside a friendlier price point this time around.
Thanks to FCC clearance documents released on September 17th, some specs have ‘surfaced’ before today’s Surface event. Of course, take these with a pinch of salt until they are officially confirmed:
The event focused on the multitasking aspect of the device, with the advert showing off maps while driving and gaming like a Nintendo DS with the bottom screen via Game Pass Streaming.
There’s a 90Hz refresh rate screen and a ‘Glance Bar’, to highlight notifications and battery life without having to constantly flip open the device over and over.
They’ve also added new technology to the cameras to help with low-light photography and on the second screen, an instant preview will display when you’ve taken a photo. Once you’re done editing on the second screen, it’ll also be able to be dragged straight over into Teams, but with no confirmation, if this will work with Slack or other apps.
Teams are Microsoft’s current push and it too got a look in the Surface Duo 2 presentation, with one screen dedicated to information and another to the video chat.
Gameloft also brought three ‘optimized’ games to the device, including Asphalt 9, but you’ll be able to stream your Xbox console straight to the device too.
The Surface Duo 2 starts at $1499.99, available at the moment from Microsoft’s store, launching on October 5th. For a full whack device, you’ll be looking at 1799.99, which tops out at 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD.