Microsoft announces new version of its dual-screen Android phone

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Microsoft has launched the second variant of its Surface Duo 2 smartphone, a dual-screen folding device that runs Google’s Android operating system.

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The software giant is offering new dual-screen experiences on brighter and larger displays for its Office apps as well as gaming and streaming. The old Duo had a 60Hz 8.1-inch screen while fully open, while the new one has increased it to 90Hz and 8.3 inches.

Like the Surface Laptop Studio, which Microsoft also launched at its event today, the Surface Duo 2 can be used in multiple modes due to its hinge: a ‘book’ mode for normal use, a ‘compose’ landscape mode. , and a ‘tent for viewing content’ mode.


The new device has also been updated with a triple lens camera at the back – a major omission from the first version – made up of an ultra-wide 16MP f/2.2 lens, a 12MP f/1.7 wide angle, and a 12MP f/2.2 lens. . 2.4 telephoto lens.

Inside, the Surface Duo 2 has been updated with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 5G chip, a marked improvement over the Snapdragon 855 that was used in the previous version and criticized for being substandard compared to other Android phones.

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Battery life is also being improved, with the 3,577mAh limit on the new version being increased to 4449mAh from the original. RAM and ROM are also being improved, with 8GB of processing power and up to 512GB of storage, placing it closer to traditional Android devices, but still well short of the 12GB of RAM that can be found in the Samsung Galaxy S20 .

It should also be marked against its price point — $1499.99 — which is $100 more than the original Duo.

The price hike is surprising compared to the other major foldable phone maker, Samsung, which has dropped the price of its Galaxy Z Fold and Galaxy Z Flip devices over time to try and push it to the next generation of mobile devices. Can you – However, the Galaxy Z Fold still starts at £1,599 in the UK.


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