large image

Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Surface Duo 2: Everything we know about the dual-screen phone

Microsoft is expected to announce a sequel to its dual-screened smartphone, with the Surface Duo 2 likely to be headline act for the upcoming Surface Event.

The foldable market has been growing rapidly recently, with the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and the Galaxy Z Fold 3 recently launching, but Microsoft is heading in a slightly different direction.

The original Surface Duo is an unusual phone consisting of a large dual-screen, making it a niche but very interesting device. And now there are a couple of signs that Microsoft is working on the Surface Duo 2 with boosted specs.

Keep scrolling to find out everything we know about the Surface Duo 2, and be sure to keep this page bookmarked if you want to stay in the loop, as we’ll be posting new updates as the information becomes available.

Release date

While we don’t have any conclusive information on the release date yet, it’s highly likely that Microsoft will announce the new phone during its upcoming event on 22 September.

This is backed up by a leak from Windows Latest, which suggests the phone might be announced in September or October. This would place it in the same period as the release of the iPhone 13.

Price

Again, we don’t have a lot to go off when talking about how much the Surface Duo 2 will cost, but we can look at how much the first Surface Duo cost as a rough guide.

The Surface Duo started at £1350/$1399, and the price was something that gained it a lot of criticism. Since larger display phones are usually more expensive, as Samsung’s foldables also are, we expect it will cost around the same amount as the original.

The previous criticism of the price might be an incentive for Microsoft to keep costs down, however. Here’s hoping anyway!

Design and screen

We don’t have any concept renders to go off, but we do have the supposedly leaked photos of the Surface Duo 2 that first appeared on YouTube and were later claimed as legitimate by Windows Central.

Surface Duo 2 leaked images
Credit: YouTube

The design was expected to stay about the same as the first Surface Duo, and the leaked images show a similar setup, with two separate screens that fold together via a hinge in the middle.

There is also a bump on the bottom of the device, in a similar style as many other Android phones. There seems to be a fingerprint sensor on the power button too, alongside the USB-C charging port on the right-hand side of the phone.

The first Duo had a display size of 5.6-inches for both screens with a 4:3 aspect ratio. When combined, it created an 8.1-inch tablet with a 3:2 aspect ratio. While there aren’t any confirmed numbers, we’d expect the Duo 2 to have a slightly bigger screen – as is the trend with newer phones – and a smaller screen bezel.

Surface Duo 2 leaked images 2
Credit: YouTube

We think that there won’t be that many changes to the screens or general design of the Surface Duo 2 and that most of the updates and alterations will be spec related.

Specs and camera

Rumours suggest the Surface Duo 2 will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 processor with 5G support and the ability for contactless payments via an NFC chip.

A Geekbench benchmark listing for the new phone also indicates that the Duo 2’s operating system will be Android 11, with 8GB of RAM. The listing also mentions the Snapdragon 888 processor, which means the phone could have the same capabilities as the Samsung Galaxy S21.

The leaked photos also show us what the cameras could look like. There looks to be a main, ultra-wide and telephoto lenses, which wouldn’t be too shocking as that’s the standard setup for a triple-lens camera.

Looking a little deeper, Microsoft had a job listing that mentioned improvements surrounding cameras and machine learning AI in relation to some upcoming Android-powered Surface devices.

If Microsoft is to follow in the footsteps of many other phones and feature AI to optimise photos, it could result in a more impressive camera from the Surface Duo 2, though it’s not totally clear if this listing applies to the new phone.

That’s all the information we have right now on Microsoft’s Surface Duo 2, but be sure to check back for more updates on the latest dual-screen smartphone ahead of next week’s Surface event.

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2004, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have 9 million users a month around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.