Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Review. A Insider Look At Its Features And Benefits
Introducing Surface Duo 2, our powerful and portable dual-screen companion device for hybrid work that allows you to get more done and stay productive, including shared experiences across your Windows PCs.
Surface Duo 2 is the latest class-defining foldable mobile device, and it has been completely reengineered from the original Surface Duo and features a comprehensive design that includes leading mobile productivity with Office 365, best-in-class immersive displays, ultrafast 5G connectivity, and uncompromised camera experiences complemented by powerful, intuitive software.
In spite of these refinements, Surface Duo 2 remains one of the thinnest foldable devices ever made, measuring only 5.5 mm thick when unfolded. With its dual 5.8-inch PixelSense Fusion displays and software optimizations for your favorite Android apps, the Surface Duo 2 opens up new possibilities for multitasking. With the Surface Duo 2, you can keep track of all the activities on your Surface Duo, and launch your favorite Android apps as individual windows directly from your PC using the Phone Link app.
All of this is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G processor with 8 GB of RAM and storage options of up to 512 GB. A larger battery is designed to provide all-day battery life, providing up to 28 hours of talk time and 15.5 hours of local video playback. A 23-watt USB-C power supply is also available for fast charging.
Surface Duo 2 is now available in two classic colors, glacier and obsidian, each protected by 3D Gorilla Victus glass. Surface Duo 2 Pen Cover, Surface Slim Pen 2, and our high-end Surface audio peripherals are available as optional accessories.
A new one-touch power-on button and an integrated fingerprint reader enable secure biometric authentication on Surface Duo 2. Additionally, it comes pre-installed with the complete set of Google Play services. Using Surface Duo, you will discover a number of benefits associated with the ability to use your apps across dual screens. According to our study, when comparing the impact of single-screen, folding screen and dual-screen devices where higher mental workloads are indicated by red on the dorsal lateral prefrontal cortex of the brain, the dual screen of Surface Duo 2 requires the least mental effort while multitasking.
To make things even more efficient, you can pair two apps together using app groups, so with one tap you can open both apps simultaneously on each screen, allowing you to effortlessly multitask between them. Apps can also utilize both screens simultaneously, utilizing the combined 8.3 inches of diagonal space. With the Microsoft Teams app, for instance, you can view shared content, such as a presentation, on one screen and camera feeds from everyone else on the other screen.
As well, the Microsoft SwiftKey keyboard can be opened on a single screen for one-handed typing, or spanned across two screens for two-handed typing. You may also take advantage of the natural inking experience with the optional Surface Slim Pen 2.
The full-friction hinge mechanism allows you to position your Surface Duo 2 at any angle that you desire, making it a device that truly adapts to your needs. A new feature of Surface Duo 2 is the glance bar. You can see the time on this device, and the color-coded badges let you see at a glance the calls, messages, and Teams messages that you have received, as well as incoming calls and incoming messages.
Surface Duo’s camera experience sets it apart from the original Surface, as well as from other mobile devices. A custom-built camera lens is located on the back of the device that is capable of shooting up to 16 MP photos and 4K video. The camera has separate sensors and lenses for taking photos at ultra-wide, wide, and telephoto distances.
As you switch between modes of the Surface Duo 2, the left and right channels automatically adjust as you listen to the full range stereo speakers.
Surface Duo 2 and Microsoft Endpoint Manager provide IT with some of the most flexible options for managing devices. When paired with the onboard fingerprint reader, Surface Duo 2 comes with Microsoft Authenticator pre-installed for easy multifactor authentication. Endpoint Manager provides comprehensive device management controls that allow Duo 2 to be configured as either a corporate or personal device. In addition, you have the option of setting up separate work profiles consisting of only trusted and approved applications.
The Surface Duo 2 is either a personal device or a device owned by a company. As with the rest of the Surface lineup, Endpoint Manager allows you to centrally enable and disable hardware features for Surface Duo 2. Thanks for taking the time to learn about the Surface Duo 2, our two-screen mobile device that offers limitless possibilities for the way you want to work.
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Summary of Features
– Discover limitless possibilities when you open two screens at once. Featuring lightning-fast 5G and a dynamic triple lens camera.
– Discover apps that are designed for two screens. Two-screen apps enable new reading, gaming, music, and entertainment experiences.
– Move images, text, files, and more between apps easily, smoothly, and quickly by dragging and dropping. Don’t forget to grab your to-do list. Plan your shopping trip. You can drag a photo into your Outlook email.
– With App Groups, you can create your favorite combinations. Pair and launch any two apps simultaneously with one touch on Surface Duo 2 and do things your way.
– Note taking and sketching at the highest level wherever you are. For exceptional on-screen writing across Microsoft 365 (1) apps on two screens, pair Surface Slim Pen 2* with Surface Duo 2.
You will need Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Don’t forget to include Microsoft 365 in your list