Microsoft has officially taken the wraps off its second generation Surface Duo, featuring upgrades in every single department. Surface Duo 2 has bigger and better displays, support for 5G and NFC enabling wireless payments, the latest flagship processor from Qualcomm, and a new Glance bar feature that shows notifications down the spine of the device when closed.
It's a battle of the foldables with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 going head to head with the Surface Duo. Sure, the Duo is a bit older now, but the implementation of the form factor is what we're interested in today. Let's discuss.
Yesterday, images of a near-final Surface Duo 2 prototype leaked revealing that Microsoft's next dual-screen phone will finally include a competent triple-lens camera system housed in a very typical camera bump, just like other smartphones on the market. So far, however, response to these images has been somewhat negative.
Microsoft is gearing up to ship a second-generation Surface Duo 2 this fall, and today images of a near-final prototype have leaked online revealing a new external camera setup with three lenses, housed in a camera bump just like other flagship smartphones on the market.
I love the Surface Duo. I’ve been using it as my primary phone since it came out, and am a true believer in Microsoft’s claim that dual-screens on a phone makes you more productive. That said, Microsoft’s execution of this vision isn’t perfect, and that mostly comes down to the still incredibly buggy software that ships on the Surface Duo.
The Surface Duo now supports Xbox Cloud Gaming with Xbox Game Pass, but does that make the Duo worth grabbing? Probably not in 2021, but the Surface Duo 2 could become the Xbox Nintendo DS we never got.
Microsoft has started rolling out its June security update for the Surface Duo, bringing with it the latest security patches from Google in addition to general OS bug fixes and enhancements. Microsoft has comitted to releasing monthly OS updates for Surface Duo, and the June update is right on schedule.
I finally pulled the trigger on a Surface Duo of my own, just to see whether Microsoft's experimental return to smartphones could persuade me away from the best modern devices. Nine months after launch, has purchasing a new Surface Duo really changed?
Microsoft has begun pushing the May 2021 Android security update and onboard fixes for its Surface Duo (unlocked). The new update is 197MB and hopefully addresses last month's problematic patch. Full changelog is now available.
With a 360-hinge and two screens, you get a dual-screen mobile device designed to make the most out of Microsoft 365, Android apps, and more. Has a battery with Fast Charging that lasts up to 15.5 hours. Syncs with Windows 10, too.
Xbox Cloud Gaming recently added beta support for the Surface Duo and its dual screens. I tried it out to see if the pair could compare to the dream of an "Xbox handheld" and came away pleasantly surprised.
Folding smartphones and other devices are gaining interest, according to a new poll by YouGov. Samsung also notes exceptionally high user satisfaction with its Galaxy Z Fold2, with many users interested in buying another. But the folding/dual-screen market still has a long way to go as pricing and durability are still significant factors preventing adoption, for a good reason.
I want to want a Surface Duo, but it falls a bit short of my must-have criteria right now, especially at the UK price point. Did you pick up a Surface Duo? What improvements would you like to see? Let's discuss.
We're back with another exciting episode of the Windows Central Podcast, and this week, what's up with all the inexplicable whining about the upcoming Windows 10 Taskbar feature 'News and Interests'? Zac also delivers an exclusive report on Microsoft's work to revitalize the app store for Windows 10. Daniel has his full review of Surface Laptop 4, plus they chat about the latest Surface Duo update, GroupMe, iMac, and more.
Microsoft's Surface Duo's April security patch is on the way. It's 338MB in size and takes the build from 2021.207.70 to 2021.314.91. No details on what improvements are included have been disclosed yet.