Hands-on first impressions of Microsoft's Surface Duo 2, Surface Laptop Studio, and more

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Microsoft held its now annual hardware event this week. It unveiled one of its most extensive updates to the Surface line since 2015 — Surface Duo 2, Surface Pro 8, Surface Go 3, updates to Surface Pro X, and the star of the show, Surface Laptop Studio.

Media got a bit of a hands-on with the new devices this week, and I was able to talk to the people who worked on the products about what's new, how they did things, and lots of other little interesting tidbits. While we'll all undoubtedly learn more in the coming weeks — especially with full reviews likely around release time — here's a good primer of things that were not in the press release.

Surface Duo 2: A whole new device

Microsoft's original Surface Duo is intriguing and frustrating, as our Senior Windows Editor Zac Bowden recently opined.

Surface Duo 2 is a whole new beast, a fact that the announcement revealed. It has been redesigned from the ground up with 2021-era smartphone features in mind instead of the original concept behind Surface Duo, which was a pocketable Surface with Windows.

The hardware feels much more substantial now and not nearly as delicate as the first version, which I think required the bumper case to feel secure in your hand. I didn't feel that way with Surface Duo 2, likely because it's slightly thicker now (5.5mm opened instead of 4.8mm). But the hinge is also redesigned. It's a bit stiffer and feels … better. It's hard to describe.

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Microsoft wasn't shy about showing off the new cameras. From what we have heard, the company outsourced some of the computational algorithms for the camera to a Japanese company which is why it can do well in low-light situations. We'll have to test it, of course, but so far, it easily looks to be upper mid-tier in 2021.

Fun things I learned:

  • The snap-on case is like a hard shell with some texture (not a rubber TPU like the bumper). It felt fantastic.
  • You don't need that case to stick the Surface Slim Pen to the front cover; you just need it to charge the pen wirelessly.
  • The Slim pen really sticks to Surface Duo 2 hard, which is what I was hoping for. It's like a rubber fridge magnet strong, so you'll have to really pull it to get it off. That means, yeah, it should be fine in your pocket.
  • Top bezels are still a bit thick but razor-thin on the sides, and the curved inner display is a beautiful effect.
  • Microsoft Start (its new News app) now spans, thank God.
  • Gameloft optimized three games for on-screen controls, including Asphalt 9. Microsoft is pushing gaming on this thing with Game Pass (they demoed Sea of Thieves on it).
  • On the right is your live image, on the left is your camera roll.
  • The new camera app spans and is really lovely. Editing is also dual-screen with tons of features, sliders, inking abilities, and more. It's well thought out and purposeful.
  • Yes, Microsoft reinforced the entire chassis, so the Type-C port should not crack. And with Gorilla Glass Invictus and that hardcover, Surface Duo 2 feels very sturdy.
  • Using Surface Duo 2 one-handed is fiiiiiiine. Yes, it's not entirely flat (it wasn't either on Surface Duo 1 with the bumper), but it felt perfectly OK. Microsoft insists it's very strong, durable. The cover never hits the camera lenses, either. Even with the Surface Slim Pen, cover case, and reverse folded, it's thick, but it was easy to handle.
  • Microsoft Launcher is updated. The news/widget feed resembles Windows 11 now. The notification panel has sliders for volume and brightness, so you can adjust them in any posture where the buttons may be blocked. It's also wider now and looks much better.
  • The new black colorway looks excellent.
  • Screen rotation is very fast, as is the device's overall performance thanks to that Snapdragon 888.
  • It has a new digitizer, so touch input/response should be better this time.
  • Android 12 should come much quicker than Android 11 for Surface Duo 1.
  • The Glance Bar is very cool to see in action.

Look, we need to properly test Surface Duo 2 to know how good it is. Still, between NFC, the new cameras, the processor, new screen materials, 90Hz refresh, curved inner display, and support for Surface Slim Pen, I (along with other present media) was impressed.

Cons: It's still crazy expensive and has an uphill battle to win converts. But this is a massive step in the right direction.

Surface Laptop Studio: "The most powerful Surface ever"

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As we told you, Microsoft did make a bring-it-forward design for an all-new device: Surface Laptop Studio, which was just announced.

In my review of the HP Elite Folio, I said that design is the way 2-in-1 laptops should go — not the 360-hinge stuff. Microsoft thought the same as this is a very similar design, but it is executed entirely differently from HP.

At first glance? It's like you merged Surface Pro 8 with Surface Laptop 4 and then added a weird bottom to it. It's both familiar and different, redefining what a laptop could be, which I love.

Some takeaways:

  • The hinge design is not the same as the patent from this summer, but maybe they'll do that in a few years.
  • Microsoft uses cloth on the inside to hide the wires. It doesn't stretch, is super strong, and goes into the display when you switch postures. Even the cables behind the display move as you switch postures. It's so overly mind-blowingly complicated on the inside but clean and simple on the outside: Pure Microsoft "hinge-engineering!"
  • Why not … 6- or 8-core CPU, or AMD, or higher resolution display, or …? No good answers besides balancing price, device and audience intention, thermals, and attaining good battery life.
  • The display is default 60Hz. Users can manually put it to 120Hz. A later update will enable Dynamic Refresh Rate in Windows 11.
  • Haptic trackpad! I've been pushing this tech hard in 2021, and Microsoft delivered. Microsoft made this one itself, although there may be more to this story: Stay tuned. It felt great, and it even has an adjustable slider for intensity. Loved it.
  • RIP Surface Book as Surface Laptop Studio replaces it.

Surface Laptop Studio looks like a killer laptop. The display is excellent, and the camera, GPU, and that design make it unique right now.

Cons? Microsoft is still not using anti-reflective displays. 🤦‍♂️ I'd also lament no LTE, but that's a very niche complaint.

Surface Pro 8: The sleeper hit

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Surface Pro 8 is exactly what we anticipated, and frankly, wanted, from Microsoft: Take the design cues from Surface Pro X and put them into Surface Pro 8. Now add Thunderbolt 4.

And that's what Microsoft did with today's announcement.

Surface Pro 8 gets a 120Hz refresh (defaults at 60Hz), thinner bezels, support for Surface Slim Pen 2, two Thunderbolt 4 ports (no more Type-A), and LTE options for all models.

Some quick impressions:

  • It looks exactly like Surface Pro X. You can only tell the difference with the vents on the rear.
  • Going from 12.3-inch to 13.0 may not sound like a lot, but it makes a huge usability difference.
  • New 10MP camera on the rear with 4K video! Interesting.
  • Front-facing camera can now "face-lock" onto you, so if you move or take a drink of coffee, your face is always in focus. Subtle, but a nice feature.
  • Dolby Vision (HDR for video) and Dolby Atoms audio support! Very happy about that.
  • The chassis has a more aggressive tapper now; it looks and feels great.
  • Uses the same Surface Type Cover as Surface Pro X.

The Surface Pro line was basically perfect, but Microsoft sorely needed to update critical aspects. They did that with Surface Pro 8. It can connect to an eGPU now, the display looks much better, you get better performance, and many more minor tweaks make this Pro so good. I think this will be a massive winner in reviews.

Cons: No anti-reflective display, again. All models now have fans in them, which is interesting.

Surface Slim Pen 2: Blew my mind

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It's kind of hard to get excited about a pen — or is it? The haptics in Surface Slim Pen 2 changes everything, in my opinion.

The pen now has virtually no lag and requires almost no pressure to activate. But the haptics! You can make the pen feel like a pencil on paper. It truly tricks your brain into thinking you are using an analog device.

  • Only for Surface Pro 8 and Surface Laptop Studio.
  • Besides drawing, there is haptics for all sorts of things like resizing. Where there are touchpoints, the Surface Slim Pen 2 gives feedback, letting you know you can drag and resize a box. It makes things so much faster and more natural for photo editing work.

I'm very excited about Surface Slim Pen 2. It takes the concept of digital inking to a whole new level. It's so seamless to use but makes a huge difference in usage, whether for taking notes, drawing, or photo editing.

Cons: You'll need new Surface hardware to make use of that haptic ability.

Wrapping up

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This was a great Microsoft Surface event. It delivered both what the market demands and what Surface fans have been clamoring for (Thunderboooooolt).

I didn't mention Surface Go 3 or Surface Pro X as those are pretty minor upgrades. Granted, those new processors for Surface Go 3 are welcomed, as there is no such thing as being too fast. We'll have to see how much of a difference it makes.

Surface Pro X just gets a Wi-Fi-only option (see announcement), which drops the entry price to $899. That's welcomed but disappointing for those who wanted a version 3. That said, we hear that Qualcomm is set to announce its Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 in December on a new Cortex base. That means we should get a "major" upgrade for Surface Pro X later in 2022.

I'm not sure which was my favorite of today's news. Surface Duo 2 is the most interesting because it has so much to prove this time. Can it do it? It's evident Microsoft is aware of that pressure. This version really seems like the one to get if you can afford it.

Surface Pro 8 is a slam dunk. I can't see how it doesn't sell exceptionally well and get excellent reviews. Surface Laptop Studio, I think, is also a hit along with that new Slim Pen 2 for both devices.

I'm glad Microsoft is going with this pull-it-forward design for Surface Laptop Studio. Same goes for taking the lead on haptic trackpads. That's the future of convertibles.

We will, of course, have much more coverage of all these devices in the coming weeks.

Let me know what you liked the most and what you found the most disappointing!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • Is the Duo 2 meant to be used with the "old" Surface Slim Pen or the new Surface Slim Pen 2?
  • You won't get the haptics with Duo 2 and Slim Pen 2. Otherwise, it works. Update: I'm now hearing Duo 2 may get an update that enables haptics. Stick a pin in this, as this is something we need to figure out.
  • That's lame, so if you're not getting one of the new Surfaces, is there any advantage to getting the Slim Pen 2 over a (likely clearanced) first-gen?
  • Probably not. You need the corresponding G6 processor in the display to get the haptics.
  • Makes sense, too bad they didn't make that happen. I wonder if that processor is too large for the mobile board or not compatible with the ARM solution or what it is that left it out of the Duo, which seems like the most well-equipped device for pen input. I don't mind that much, it just means I'd probably stick with my Surface Pen or get a first-gen Slim Pen, rather than paying a premium feature I couldn't access. It's cool regardless, if you get a Pro/Laptop Studio that has support.
  • Update: I'm now hearing Duo 2 may get an update that enables haptics. Stick a pin in this, as this is something we need to figure out.
  • Is the slim pen 2 compatible with Surface go 3?
  • Works, yes. Haptics, no.
  • "Android 12 should come much quicker than Android 11 for Surface Duo 1." Does the Duo 1 even have A11 after a year on the market? Seems like a very low bar to have set.
  • No, Duo 1 does not have Android 11 at this point. There are those that believe it will. Optimists.
  • It'll probably happen after Duo 2 is released. It doesn't make a lot of sense prior.
  • This is a good hypothesis.
  • My guess has been that they probably could have got 11 on the 1 earlier but they wanted the 2 to make more of a splash by being a bigger software upgrade. The fact that other software updates seem to have been delayed for this reason, e.g. Microsoft Launcher, tends to support this. Kinda sucks for Duo 1 owners if that's the case.
  • It doesn’t make sense for a $1400 device to get timely software updates? Really? Don’t expect Android 12 on Duo 2 within the next year if ever after they discontinue it early next year.
  • I confirmed with Microsoft yesterday that Android 11 is still happening on Surface Duo 1. No firm ETA, but before EOY.
  • Slim pen 2 doesnt work with duo 2?
  • Works? Yes. Haptics? No. Update: I'm now hearing Duo 2 may get an update that enables hapitcs. Stick a pin in this, as this is something we need to figure out.
  • It's interesting that you fought me tooth and nail when the SP-X was released that the reduced bezels/pen slot, etc would never be physically possible on the Intel SP series. Just wanted to say I'm more than happy that wasn't the case as these changes are freakin awesome on the SP8 and long overdue. My other prediction, that the X would be dead within 1-2 years also looks like it's on track, I just don't see any need for it with a SP8 with 16 hours of battery life and full x86/x64 support, not to mention MS' less than stellar history with anything ARM. The Duo is still a weird proposition, IMO we'll see the fire sales on it in 6-8 months just like the first one. They both share the same dual screen proposition, which doesn't make much sense in this new world of shrinkable (currently foldable) phones. But I'm sure it will have some niche supporters like the first iteration did, it just seems like a pretty big mountain to climb (a $1500 mountain to be exact). I'm also disappointed in the Go, I was hoping for smaller bezels and maybe some redesigning, in particular they needed to pay attention to the battery life. I haven't seen what the advertised battery life is, has there been any improvement?
  • I was looking into getting a remarkable 2 for doing e-ink notes mostly because i wasn't terribly satisfied with iPad/Pencil or Surface/Pen - but this feedback pencil thing could be a game changer without getting constrained to a remarkable 2's limited functionality... part of me says the limits help keep you from getting distracted but the bigger part of me knows the flexibility of one note + pen + inking pages/pdfs and all of that in better performance / functionality blows away constrained single purpose devices... Exciting top see a new pen of all things!
  • Given Win11's Android app compat, if they ever release a phone based on Win11 I'd move off iOS in a heartbeat. I can live with the Amazon App store, I can sideload other app stores, and I know how to sideload apps from Play. I just have zero interest in giving Google my data and it feels like MS has all the pieces in place to enable that now.
  • That would be cool and does seem like the strategy. Microsoft has positioned all the chess pieces on the board for that play. On the other hand, Dan seems to have inside sourcing saying that's not on the table, at least not in anything resembling the near term.
  • If they started working on it now, it would take them years to get Windows on it, if they even could. They failed to get Windows on it before, which is why it is Android. Maybe they could get Google to help them with Windows too.
  • Echoing my comment at another site: I get that people hated the camera on the original Duo, but that huge camera blister on the Duo 2 is such a disappointment to me. The original Duo was so aesthetically and functionally impressive with the way it could fold completely flat against itself. I wish MS had made a second model of the Duo 2 with no bump, since some of us do not need a world-beating camera on our business device. But I get it, they’re damned if they do & damned if they don’t.
  • Yeah, some will complain, but I think it's ultimately a trade-off Microsoft will take. The first-gen Duo's camera was such a non-starter for people that I think the number of people burned by that will greatly outnumber those upset by the bump. Having such a poor camera experience almost 100% doomed it to being a companion device for most smartphone users, which meant it was never going to be particularly successful or ingratiate itself to users as well as the Duo 2 can. In a perfect world, Microsoft accept this imperfect solution to produce a device that's more usable for more people, so adoption is better. Then, as camera tech continues to shrink and improve. Microsoft can possibly aim to shrink the bump, if not eliminate it entirely. It means there's a place for progression/improvement in the form factor, if the tech improves in a way to allow it. If it doesn't, then it's ultimately a drawback (if you don't like it) for the Duo, but it beats needing another phone (or dedicated camera) to take decent photos.
  • Johnny Socko and Keith Wallace, I was VERY disappointed with the bump meaning it can't fold around and go in my pocket with the screens on the outside, BUT I do prefer that to the largely unusable camera in the original Duo (not just a poor camera, also too slow to take pictures of anything moving faster than a rock even in bright daylight). So, a disappointment, but a worthwhile tradeoff for me. Like Keith, I see this (along with Qi charging, which is an even bigger negative for me) as opportunities for further improvement with a Duo 3+. I would add that the new alert bar due to the curved screens satisfy part of the benefit of the folded open external screen. It's not quite as good, but that helps alleviate the pain caused by the bump limiting the full "folded open" single screen mode. I do believe that it will still be entirely USEABLE folded all the way open in single screen mode (the bump is small enough that it doesn't really affect that), just not as comfortably pocketable as the Duo 1 in that posture. These negatives won't stop me from pre-ordering the Duo 2, but I do hope MS continues to work on these for future models.
  • "meaning it can't fold around and go in my pocket with the screens on the outside"
    How is this now not possible?
  • Possible, sure. I don't think it would be advisable with the camera at one end, and empty space at the other. It's what Archimedes called a fulcrum.
  • Wouldn't be advisable? Microsoft encourages that position to be used with this device and has tested it to ensure there are no issues/breakage. It is intended to be used in that position, so I find this "wouldn't be advisable" to be ridiculous. I, other reviewers, and customers are absolutely going to use it in this position. We'll see what happens, but Microsoft has full confidence that it wouldn't break. Ironically, while people worried about the hinge with Duo1 the only hardware issue with it was the Type-C connector regarding stability.
  • I dunno, as someone who played with it, I haven't noticed any difference in how it handles one-handed. Cameras are totally worth it over "looks" imo.
  • Dan, so maybe just my bad assumption, but I'm guessing that it is not easily/comfortably pocketable in jeans with the screens on the outside. Is that wrong (hope it is)? I get that it's still plenty good enough to hold and use in the single screen posture (which is great to hear), but that's a little different from putting it in your pocket without it being folded fully flat, especially with it being slightly thicker to begin with.
  • It'll be slightly thicker, but it's really a subjective call including how big your pockets are e.g. tight jeans vs. cargo vs. jacket pocket.
  • I'm hoping there is some sort of snap-on case that will negate the camera bump like on the S21 ultra.
  • There is the snap on case that enables pen charging. It would seem something on the other side might be possible. See picture 8 in the slide show.
  • Sometimes these events just feel like a list of compromises. So much greatness, but so much more potential. What would make me happy? Surface Go X with haptic pen support. It would potentially be a near-perfect secondary device, especially with an anti-reflective screen (Rubino!!!!). Perhaps I should just be patient, but seeing that I'm still using a Surface 3, patience hasn't really worked out for me so far . . .
  • I would assume that the next Pro X will support haptics on the Slim Pen 2 but it wasn't due for a refresh yet.
  • If you are still using a Surface 3, I think you have the patience of a saint.
  • I thought the event provided some pretty cool updates. I enjoy the surface equipment and have been using a surface pro 2 or 3, I forget, for some time. Form factor works for me as a really good portable note book, travel companion and work pc when needed. However, for me the lemon in the group is the Duo 2. I don't know why, but I just can't seem to make sense of why the device is needed. If I want to be productive on the go, then I use my surface pro. It's small and easy to carry around. It runs all the desktop applications, has keyboard / pen input and a larger screen size. If I want to be portable for basic functions then my phone, which fits in my pocket, is usable with one hand is the best choice. Captures my needs. The Duo, at least for me, is a device that is filling a need that doesn't exist. But love the path surface is going, and who knows, maybe some reviews and redesigns etc can make me interested in the duo.
  • "However, for me the lemon in the group is the Duo 2. I don't know why, but I just can't seem to make sense of why the device is needed. "
    Have you tried to use one? It's kind of game-changing for me. I don't grab my laptop nearly as much when I use it.
  • No I have not, I am one of the arm chair warriors with big opinions but no actual experience with the device. I really do want to like the device and can see the appeal of the dual screens and how that could impact workflow. But I just can't seem to get over the fact that I still see it being an inefficient tool trying to fill a use case that doesn't exist. Sure, two apps side by side has its benefits. Or one app across both screens like Outlook makes the functionality better. But it doesn't convince me to change from my single hand mobile device that fits in all my pockets easily. If I want check emails quickly and on the go my phone performs that task well, not as well as the duo, but we'll enough not for me to not change form factor. If I have serious emails or work to do (excel with macros, drawing reviews, SAP etc) then my laptop and or surface can do those tasks more efficiently. But saying all that, I hope it succeeds, as pushing the way things are used etc can only help drive innovation and perhaps create a product that can eventually be the ultimate device.
  • soletakenn, other than the camera and missing Qi charging (neither of which has anything to do with Duo's dual-screen design), I never miss my Samsung Galaxy when using the Duo. It's everything you get in a regular single-screen phone, plus added features. It's the AUTOMATIC multitasking (you can't really imagine how different that is from manual multitasking until you experience it), the much better 3:2 aspect ratio of the individual screens making it also the most useful phone even in single-screen mode, and the way the screen folds around your hand to hold onto you in single-screen landscape that are the huge gains for me (it's undroppable in this mode -- perfect for reading on teh go or for playing games, which are generally in single-screen landscape mode).
  • Excellent and valid points. I just think my use case doesn't fit the device. So naturally, if my use case doesn't fit, then it doesn't fit for anyone. Hahahaha. In all seriousness I do hope the device succeeds though. Good for pushing form factors etc.
  • If interested, I'll just say Microsoft has a generous 60-day return policy. You could buy it, try it for a month, then trash it all you want lol. Or, you may like it! Stranger things have happened.
  • Very true. To be clear I am not trashing the device itself or the ambition of MS. I think the build, quality etc is great and the idea of the device is there. I just find the use case a challenge for me to overcome.
  • Bruh, your giving dumb ppl who made reviews too much respect and it's causing you to think about this wrong. All the reasons you said you use the phone for IS your reasons to use the duo. The duo isn't a device in between phone and laptop. It IS a phone. It's not uncomfortable one-handed. It's not uncomfortable in a pocket. Remember blackberrys? Same width. It's been fine. Plus you use you device 2 handed 85% of the time and don't realize it. You only use one handed when scrolling. If you only scroll, then ANY productivity device isn't the smartest choice. You'd be better off with a $100 phone. Put posted notes in your pocket? Uncomfortable? Hurts? Sounds ridiculous right? Good. That's thicker than the Duo.
  • Hahaha absolutely. Perhaps I am really over thinking it. Just need to give it a go and see if it works. I need to shift my mindset, the duo is a phone but can do other things. But I guess that is the challenge this form factor is facing, how do I change the mindset of what a phone can be.
  • I am surprised, but glad, that they included an HDR display for the Surface Pro 8. It's been missing since the Surface Pro (2017).
  • This is a good rundown of the highlights, but I disagree in that I think it's the Surface Laptop Studio that steals the show, putting a workstation-class processor into a portable Surface for the first time. That, the thermals magic, and the resultant (claimed) high battery life is the story here. Very cool all around. Looking forward to all the reviews, DR! In the mean time, your hands-on comments on the SP8 and Duo are much appreciated.
  • I generally agree, but am personally most excited for the Duo 2. However, as impressive as the Laptop Studio is, it LOOKS (maybe it's not really) about twice as thick as a traditional Ultrabook with that base and the indent around it for the pen. I look forward to the hands-on reports and hopefully learning that I'm wrong about the size. The price points on the 16GB models seem surprisingly reasonable, which is good enough for my laptop model (I do the heavy lifting on my desktop), so I might be in the market for one of those too, as long as it's not too big and heavy. LOVE its screen form factor.
  • So is the line wobble when you draw slowly with the Surface Pen finally fixed?
  • I'm looking forward for the review about this as well if the new Slim Pen 2 and new digitizer on these new Surface devices addressed that, which is a long issue with N-Trig. They had some progress in the past improving it, then they just stopped. Hopefully, they will test that in this review here, but if not, there will be other reviewers who will review it from the artists perspective to see if they really at least addressed this. No need to be completely perfect, but at least able to improve it alot. Still would be nicer if they fully addressed it. Even iPad Pro with their Apple Pencil actually addressed this, despite them being very new to pen support on their iPad.
  • Brad Colbow will probably do a review on the pen when it comes out. He's been pretty blunt about how bad the line wobble can get on the current pen so it'll be nice to see what he thinks of this new one.
  • Does the Duo 2 come with a bumper? I couldn't tell when ordering and the black bumper was out of stock.
    I'm not crazy about the glass exterior, either. I cracked the exterior glass on my original Duo and I've never done that in my many years of owning smart phones.
    Finally, M$ was saying these products would be available on October 5th, but my order says October 21.
  • I believe all new Surface devices are Oct 5th, EXCEPT for the Duo 2 (d'oh!)
  • I don't believe it comes with a bumper this time. Duo is set for the 21st. If worried about the glass, wait for the snap-on cover.
  • Hey Daniel, great coverage today from you and Zac!
    Couple questions re: wireless charging cover and bumper that'll help me decide what to purchase: re: "The Slim pen really sticks ... It's like a rubber fridge magnet strong, so you'll have to really pull it to get it off."
    1. Implying magnet is now MUCH stronger than on SD1, or perhaps just moderately stronger?
    2. Is this with or without the wireless charging cover installed? re: "The snap-on case is like a hard shell with some texture (not a rubber TPU like the bumper). It felt fantastic."
    - Does the new bumper (for the lower or right-side screen) also have this same texture as the snap-on upper case, or is it same TPU-like material as bumper for SD1? Lastly, is it true that both upper and lower bumpers provide noticeably less coverage area compared to SD1 bumpers? Look forward to the full review!
  • It's very strong. Rock-solid strong. Either. re: lower, it all felt the same but didn't spend a lot of time heavy petting it lol. Will save for the review. TBC, you keep saying "bumper" but there are still updated bumpers for Duo 2 like the original version, but new colors, materials. I didn't play with those much. This is the case/cover to recharge the Pen I'm talking about. I think the case/cover proves more coverage as it wraps around the edges too.
  • Dan, what really confuses me is the ability for the new cover to charge the pen. That implies that there is a little coil embedded in the cover. That's fine, but that little coil has to get power from somewhere. Where does it connect. Some old Lumias had pogo pins on the device to connect with wireless charge cases/backs. If there is some connection arrangement, it could portend other case options.
  • i really want a surface duo 2 ... bummer i wait for awhile with my surface duo 1 until the 2 drops a little in price or i pick up a used one from a Apple sucker hehhe
  • Hey Daniel, I was waiting on this event to buy a new surface with an esa cores CPU e an rtx3060. Unfortunately, my hopes have been disappointed. Do you think that is still possible that Microsoft will release a surface laptop pro?
  • "Do you think that is still possible that Microsoft will release a surface laptop pro?"
    No, have not heard of such a thing. Laptop Studio is that device, basically.
  • Panos Panay is the man.
  • I'll probably get the Pro 8, need a new laptop as my hp probook 4730s sounds like a jet engine taking off (with a ear drum piercing coil whine) lol, can't seem to find OEM parts / fans that are actually silent anymore. Need to do some budgeting first though. Guess will have to wait for Duo 3 for WoA version. Re: device thickness, called it 5.5 mm thick lol. Interested to see how far the camera bump sticks out from the device.
  • It is questionable if there will be a Duo 3, let alone a Windows version. They couldn’t get Windows working on it after years of trying, what would change now?
  • I'd like to respectfully disagree on the strength of the magnetic connection of the Slim Pen 2 to the Surface Duo 2. I'm not confident this provides the security I want for a $129 accessory.