Microsoft's Surface Duo 2 ships next week and we're buying one. What do you want us to take a closer look at?
We're open to requests with Surface Duo 2 coverage.
Microsoft's Surface Duo 2 starts shipping on October 22, 2021. The foldable looks to be a significant upgrade over the original Surface Duo, so there will be plenty of things to test out after its release.
Our senior Windows Editor Zac Bowden pre-ordered his Surface Duo 2 a few weeks ago, putting his money where his mouth is (he also bought Surface Duo 1 last year). He has just been charged by Microsoft, meaning it should be in his hands this Thursday, October 21, when it goes on sale. He's in for the black 128GB model and is already gearing up for an unboxing video when it arrives next week (assuming deliveries hit that Thursday).
When he gets the gadget, he'll run through its specs, design, performance, and other core aspects, but with a device as different as the Surface Duo 2, there are bound to be unique angles worth investigating. A niche piece of hardware calls for special attention, which is where you come in — please let us know in the comments anything specific you'd like to see regarding the Surface Duo 2.
The Surface Duo 2 has much more powerful specs than its predecessor. Its Snapdragon 888 processor is the same CPU seen in many flagship phones, which should result in dramatically better performance. Are you ever held back by the hardware of the original Surface Duo? Are there combinations of apps you'd like us to try once we have the device in hand?
Moving to the back of the foldable, the triple-camera system of the Surface Duo 2 should be much better than the camera of the original Surface Duo, but judging a camera based solely on its specs is never a great idea. Which scenarios are you most concerned about when it comes to the Surface Duo 2's camera?
Arguably the biggest downfall of the original Surface Duo was its software. Strange bugs plagued it at launch and several linger to this day. Some issues only affect certain devices. Other problems are bound to specific situations that most people won't stumble upon. Are there any bugs from the original Surface Duo you're concerned might crop up on the Duo 2?
Since the Surface Duo 2 is unique, it can be difficult to judge against popular hardware. Are there specific phones or tablets that you'd like to see the Surface Duo 2 stacked up against?
Many people won't be able to compare a Surface Duo and Surface Duo 2 side by side. However, once we have the Duo 2 in hand, we'll be able to compare things down to the pixel. Do you want to know how the middle gaps between the devices compare? Perhaps you're curious about how different apps might look on the two devices. For example, some have complained that the bar in the middle of the original Surface Duo cuts content in certain apps. If you're affected by that issue, you may want to see if it sticks around with the Duo 2.
When Microsoft announced all its new Surface hardware, the Duo 2 drew the most interest from our readers. Compared to its predecessor, the spec sheet is better, and the design looks more refined. Now, it's time to see if the Duo 2 meets expectations.
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Guess that brings up a question I have for WC. Does the original Slim Pen stick to DUO 2 without the new case, and does the new case charge it, when that is available. If it doesn't, it seems MS went out of their way to make it not happen. It's just inductive charging and the magnets help with coil alignment. The Slim Pen Charger is supposed to charge both pens, so it would make sense the DUO case would.
Also commenty on value of buying surface duo 2 over phone+small tablet combo.
B : I want one of them foldable phone thingies.
Me : What do you think about the surface duo?
B : The what now?
Me : explaining all the benefits; pros and cons, cost ratio, viability, complete with graphs
B : erhm... That samsung ad looks so bright and cheery! So cool! Reason is dead. Investing money in innovating products is dead. Throwing your entire budget in ads and Innovating in market speak is so much easier, cheaper and in the age of social media, effective! Microsoft has bowed down to market demands and has embraced the new paradigm shown by the innovative and era-inducing Windows 11! Why can't you? Embrace the suck! So if you're open to requests for your coverage. Add more drama! More explosions! More pretentiousness! I want JonyIvesque levels of voice overs! I want you to coin hyper-futuristic yet oddly enough obscure slogans and jargon! I want you to redefine the volume rocker as a differential audio amplitude adjuster and what a superlative tactile experience it is! Don't minimize or explain how reasonable the slight screen gap is. Reason is for suckers! It's not a bug, it's a feature! It's there to let you see a sliver of the future. It's also an air vent to cool the thing. Blow the presentation up! Being adult is out... adulting is in! I want gradeschool level heights of juvenile social media marketing! Onenote is an example of this missed opportunity. It has had the ability to transcribe photos to txt for such a long time, you probably haven't been born yet when it came out... and the business-like and reasonable marketing for it came out as meh. Here comes apple's live text and last week's viral videos of it being used to surreptitiously copy your classmate's laboriously written notes is hailed as sheer unadulterated genius. Work smarter, not harder the netizens exclaim. Yep, the times have changed. So my advice would be go over the top! Make something up! Lie even! Nobody cares anymore. You just have to be aspirational. Ass peer ratio NUL. So disregard all the reasonable advice on how to properly present the product with well thought out use cases, and such. You just have to explain how the surface duo makes you look as if you have so much disposable income when you whip it out. How special, unique, and one of a kind you are along with all the many other foldable phone buyers out there. You're both unique and at the same time commonplace. You are an enigma my friend. Don't point out how productive you can be with two screens, show them how productive you would look like to other people when you whip this bad boy out! You'll be so darn cool with this thing, unicorns and angels will genuflect at your magnificence. I wish you coverage great success.
I'm also wondering if you've heard any update as to when the Surface Duo 2 Pen Cover preorders will go live.