Microsoft just announced its new foldable Surface Duo 2 phone, but how does it fit in with the existing king of foldable devices? Let’s take a look.
Ever since it was first revealed a few years ago, the Surface Duo has shown how the foldable form factor can be different from the norm currently set by Samsung. However, despite the outdated specs, the Surface Duo failed to deliver on its lofty promises, but the Surface Duo 2, on the other hand, looks like a completely different story.
With the Surface Duo 2 going to be head-to-head with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 as the premium foldable device of choice, it makes sense to analyze exactly how the two devices compare across all major categories. These are the key things you need to know when comparing the Surface Duo 2 to the Galaxy Z Fold 3.
This is key – the whole folding concept is based on the idea of having a large screen in your pocket, available at any time for tough jobs on the go. When open, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 has a 7.6-inch internal screen, making it slightly smaller than the iPad Mini 5’s 7.9-inch display.
Surface Duo 2 has a total screen size of 8.3 inches. It’s worth noting, however, that this is not a continuous display like the Fold 3, as there is a dividing hinge that separates the two Surface Duo 2 displays.
While the Surface Duo 2 doesn’t have a full-fledged external screen like the Z Fold 3, it does have a small display built into the hinge designed to show time and notifications at a glance.
The original Surface Duo only had one pathetic camera sensor, but the Surface Duo 2 improved it a bit by adding a full set of three sensors, including an f / 1.7 wide sensor, f / 2.2 ultra-wide and f / 2.4 ultra-wide. telephoto lens. While we don’t yet know the pixel count for these cameras, this is definitely a noticeable improvement over what came before.
The Z Fold 3 contains a similar triple camera, as well as wide, ultra-wide and telephoto lenses with nearly the same aperture levels. Keep in mind that the Fold 3 also has two selfie cameras, one on the external display and the other slightly hidden under the internal screen.
Both the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Surface Duo 2 are powered by the Snapdragon 888 5G chipset. While we won’t know exactly how the speeds of these phones compare until the Surface Duo 2 is presented for review, it’s safe to assume there shouldn’t be much difference between the two.
Thanks to the chipset, these phones are also 5G-ready, so you can make the most of their high-speed download features.
As you would expect, given that both of these phones use cutting edge technology – neither is suitable for use with a wallet. Microsoft cites a starting price of £ 1,349 for the Surface Duo 2, which, while still expensive, is cheaper anyway than the Galazy Z Fold 3’s starting price of £ 1,599.
On price alone, the Surface Duo 2 wins, but only time will tell if it’s worth buying over rival foldable phones. Stay tuned to Trusted Reviews for our full Microsoft Surface Duo 2 verdict in the near future.