The Microsoft Surface Duo has always been a bit of an odd duck. The folding, dual-screen miniature tablet offered some unique innovations and some interesting functionality, but it never really seemed quite compelling enough to truly justify its high price tag. But all that has changed with the introduction of the new Microsoft Surface Duo 2, as the funky tablet now has the impressive tech specs to back up its (now even higher) price.
While the previous-generation Duo had a selfie cam for its one and only camera, the Microsoft Surface Duo has upped the ante considerably with a new rear-mounted dynamic triple-lens camera — with 16MP ultra-wide, 12MP wide, and 12MP telephoto lenses — that’s capable of capturing HDR photos and 4K video. The device now supports 5G connectivity thanks to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G processor, which means you can stream video, get work done with Microsoft 365, and play games on Xbox Game Pass — all without a WiFi connection (the Surface Duo 2 also has WiFi connectivity, of course). The two screens have also been upgraded to larger high-resolution PixelSense Fusion displays that each measure 5.8” alone, or 8.3” when used in conjunction. Microsoft has even added a handy display in the spine of the Surface Duo 2 so the device can show you notifications like phone calls, messages, and battery life when closed.
Like the original Surface Duo, the main draw of the Surface Duo 2 may be the ability to use two apps simultaneously on two displays, and in some cases, have them interact. And with this unique functionality now complemented by more capable hardware, the Surface Duo 2’s starting price of $1,500 suddenly doesn’t seem so unreasonable. The Surface Duo 2 releases on October 20, and you can pre-order yours now at Microsoft’s website.