It’s official: the troubled Floor Duo is now last-gen. Microsoft introduced its successor, the Floor Duo 2, throughout its current fall Floor occasion, capping off months of rumors and introducing the machine alongside the Floor Professional 8, Surface Laptop Studio, and a bevy of latest gadgets designed to benefit from Windows 11.

The brand new Android-based smartphone begins at $1,499.99 — $100 lower than the unique — and launches on October twentieth in a number of configurations. It retains the hinged design of its predecessor — solely this time, it comes outfitted with a extra thought-out digital camera system, 5G help, and a contemporary processor that brings it extra in step with flagships from Samsung, Xiaomi, and OnePlus. And whereas it’s not a foldable within the conventional sense — it’s outfitted with two screens, not one — it’s not in a category of its personal, both. Blame the Galaxy Z Fold 3.

The Fold 3 lately set the bar for what foldable telephones might obtain, bringing with it higher multitasking, a waterproof construct, and a refined show that’s a notable step up from the unique mannequin launched in 2019. However is Samsung’s premium foldable a match for the forthcoming Duo 2? In spite of everything, Samsung’s foldable is markedly totally different from Microsoft’s with regards to design.

The Fold 3 incorporates a smaller, 6.2-inch show that covers your complete entrance of the machine. It additionally comprises a versatile, 7.6-inch OLED on the within, which unfurls as you open the telephone with the help of an aluminum hinge. There’s nonetheless a small hole between the 2 sides when closed, nevertheless, which is seen on the Galaxy Z Flip 3 as effectively. The latter telephone — a wholly totally different machine from the Fold 3 we’re evaluating right here — additionally incorporates a foldable show, solely the machine is smaller, folds vertically, and retails for $700 much less.

The Duo 2 doesn’t depend on a versatile show. Like its predecessor, it makes use of two separate, 5.8-inch OLED panels that quantity to eight.3 inches when considered collectively, with a big bezel working between them. The hinge connecting the 2 shows lets you fold the telephone in half with the shows on the surface so you should use the machine one-handed, although the telephone’s massive digital camera bump means they’ll by no means shut utterly.

The screens — whereas the promoting level — aren’t every thing, nevertheless. Beneath, we’ve in contrast the Fold 3 and Duo 2 in additional element forward of our full Duo 2 overview.

Microsoft Floor Duo 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Specification Microsoft Floor Duo 2 Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
Specification Microsoft Floor Duo 2 Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
Essential display measurement Twin 5.8-inch OLEDs (8.3-inch when considered collectively) Single 7.6-inch OLED
Essential display decision 2688 x 1892, 401 ppi 2208 x 1768, 374 ppi
Cowl display measurement N/A 6.2-inch OLED
Cowl display decision N/A 2268 x 832, 387 ppi
Refresh fee 90Hz 120Hz
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 256GB, 512GB
Battery capability 4449mAh 4400mAh
OS Android 11 Android 11
Rear digital camera 12MP, f/1.7, 1.4µm (principal),16MP, f/2.2, 1.0µm (ultra-wide), 12MP, f/2.4, 1.0µm (telephoto) 12MP, f/1.8, 1.8μm (principal), 12MP, f/2.2, 1.2μm (ultra-wide), 12MP, f/2.4, 1.0μm (telephoto)
Entrance digital camera 12MP 10MP, f/2.2, 1.22μm (cowl), 4MP, f1/8, 2.0μm (principal)
Video HDR,1080p and 4K video recording at 30 fps and 60 fps, gradual movement video at 120 or 240fps HDR, 1080p and 4K video recording at 30 fps and 60 fps, gradual movement 1080p video help at 240 fps, tremendous slow-mo 720p video help at 960 fps, hyperlapse 4K video help at 30fps
Wi-fi connectivity Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1 Wi-fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
NFC Sure Sure
Dimensions (open) 145.2 x 184.5 mm 158.2 x 128.1 mm
Dimensions (closed) 145.2 x 92.1 mm 158.2 x 67.1 mm
Thickness (open) 5.5 mm 6.4 mm
Thickness (closed) 11 mm 16 mm
Weight 284g 271g
Water resistance IPX1 IPX8
Wi-fi charging? No Sure
Quick charging? Sure Sure
Ports USB-C charging port USB-C charging port
5G help mmWave and sub-6GHz mmWave and sub-6GHz
NFC? Sure Sure
Stylus help Floor Pen, Floor Slim Pen, Floor Slim Pen 2 S Pen Fold Version
Biometrics Fingerprint scanner Fingerprint scanner
Beginning worth $1,499 $1,799

Spec-for-spec, in some methods

To place it mildly: the unique Floor 2 had its shortcomings. The digital camera was atrocious, the software program buggy, and Microsoft was nonetheless charging a beginning worth of $1,399 for simply the machine, a staggering quantity when you think about the faults. And whereas it was seemingly launched untimely, it was modern, a lot so The Verge’s Dieter Bohn hoped — like me — that we’d see a second iteration of the smartphone down the road.

Effectively, right here it’s.

The Microsoft Surface Duo 2.

The Floor Duo 2 options thinner bezels and the identical processor discovered because the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.
Photograph by Becca Farsace / The Verge

On paper, the Floor Duo 2 appears to be like to handle most of the aforementioned issues. It’s outfitted with the identical high-end Snapdragon 888 processor discovered within the Galaxy Z Fold 3, which is Qualcomm’s newest chipset and the brains behind nearly each Android flagship launched this yr, from the Samsung Galaxy S21 to the OnePlus 9. Just like the Z Fold 3, the second-gen Duo will probably be obtainable in each 128GB and 512GB storage configurations when it launches subsequent month, in addition to a further 128GB variant. The Duo 2 solely options 8GB of RAM, nevertheless, in comparison with the Fold 3’s 12GB. Software program optimization will definitely play a task in how environment friendly the telephone is at multitasking, however the Fold 3 has the higher hand spec-wise. Each telephones additionally help 5G connectivity, Wi-Fi 6, and NFC for contactless funds — one thing the unique Duo didn’t provide — together with both Bluetooth 5.0 or 5.1.


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