Ever since I beginning writing about cellular know-how 21 years in the past, I have been enthralled by those that push the boundaries of smartphone design and know-how. Whereas Apple’s new iPhones have longer battery life and unbelievable cameras, the identical previous design would not excite me. I am thrilled with my new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, however the brand new Floor Duo 2 is fascinating sufficient that I already positioned a pre-order for one.
I bought, after which later returned, the unique Floor Duo primarily attributable to the truth that Microsoft used year-old inside specs, had a single poor digicam, didn’t embrace NFC to assist Google Pay, and left an excessive amount of on the desk. We then noticed costs plummet with the Duo out there for lower than $500 over the previous couple of months.
Regardless of the shortcomings of the unique Microsoft Floor Duo, it provided a type issue for optimum productiveness with two massive screens designed to get work achieved. Microsoft provided distinctive software program experiences, particularly in relation to Workplace 365 purposes. It wasn’t designed for somebody searching for an easy smartphone, however for individuals getting work achieved on the go the place a big pill was too massive and an ordinary smartphone was too restricted.
There are a number of causes to contemplate an improve from the Floor Duo to the Floor Duo 2 or to select up a Floor Duo 2 for the primary time. These embrace:
- Triple rear digicam system: There was a single inside digicam on the unique Floor Duo that was designed for Groups and video calling. Apart from these makes use of, the digicam was horrible. This yr we nonetheless have an inside video convention digicam, but in addition discover three cameras on the again that look to compete with different smartphones.
- 5G and NFC: Sub-6 and mmWave 5G radios are discovered within the Duo 2, which is a serious improve from LTE radios. NFC can also be now current to assist Google Pay. Bluetooth and WiFi functionality was additionally upgraded.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor: The Floor Duo used a 2019 period processor so it is good to see the newest Snapdragon 888 powering the Duo 2.
- 90Hz refresh price: As soon as you utilize a show with a refresh price larger than 60Hz, it is robust to return. Whereas 120Hz is the usual for at this time’s flagships, 90Hz on each massive shows is a welcome addition.
- Greater shows: Whereas there are nonetheless important bezels on the Duo 2, we do see a bump up from two 5.6-inch shows to 2 5.8-inch shows with the identical PPI. We additionally see an improve to the Victus glass materials.
- Look bar: Though there isn’t a exterior show on the Floor Duo 2, Microsoft supplies some innovation with the a part of the show exhibiting between the hinges. Glanceable notifications are offered on this space and we look ahead to evaluating their usefulness.
- Improved pen assist: Samsung could not work out a approach to simply tote the S Pen on the brand new Z Fold 3, however Microsoft affords an answer for the Floor Slim Pen 2 the place it attaches magnetically to the Floor Duo 2. It isn’t a safe silo, nevertheless it’s higher than nothing.
Sadly, all of those enhancements include a beginning value $100 greater than final yr. Microsoft additionally now affords three inside storage capability choices of 128GB/256GB/512GB with the identical 8GB of RAM out there in all three fashions.
Additionally: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 assessment: Room for enchancment
Microsoft Floor Duo 2 specs
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
- Shows: Two 5.8-inch, 1892×1344 pixels decision (401ppi) AMOLED, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus shows
- Working system: Android 11
- RAM: 8GB LPDDR5
- Storage: 128/256/512GB inside storage, UFS 3.0
- Cameras: 12MP extensive, 12MP 2x telephoto, and 16MP ultra-wide, 110-degree rear digicam set. 12MP f/2.0 inside front-facing digicam
- Connectivity: WiFi-5 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4/5GHz), Bluetooth 5.1, , NFC, GPS/Galileo/GLONASS/Beidou/QZSS
- Sensors: Twin accelerometer, twin gyroscope, twin magnetometer, corridor sensor, fingerprint sensor, proximity sensor, twin ambient mild sensor
- Battery: 4449 mAh non-removable
- Dimensions (Open): 145.2 x 184.5 x 5.5 mm
- Dimensions (Closed): 145.2 x 92.1 x 11 mm
- Weight: 284g
Shortly wanting on the Floor Duo 2 in comparison with the Galaxy Z Fold 3, we do not see any stage of mud or water resistance on the Duo 2, no wi-fi or reverse wi-fi charging, the Duo 2 shows are restricted to 90Hz whereas the Z Fold 3 has 120Hz refresh charges, and the trade-in affords from Microsoft are clearly not as beneficiant as what Samsung affords. Software program enhancements for twin and break up display screen operations are provided in each gadgets.
Whereas I’m completely having fun with and exploring all that my Galaxy Z Fold 3 has to supply, I look ahead to making an attempt out the brand new Floor Duo 2. I can not justify maintaining each of those costly gadgets so keep tuned right here for extra ideas on each of those revolutionary smartphones.