Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Review

Score: 85.3 / 100

Microsoft Surface Duo 2 is a top quality cellphone launched some years ago, packing a really big 8.3 inches screen, an extremely powerful 2.84 gigahertz Octa-Core processing unit, and 2 cameras, a 12 mega-pixels back side camera and a 12 mega-pixels front-facing camera. That's everything we have to say? Not at all, it's only the shortest summary in the world.

Microsoft decided to sell this phone with a great 2840 MHz Octa-Core CPU, included in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SM8350 (5 nm) system chip with a big 8 GB RAM. This phone comes with a 128 GB large internal storage and although it doesn't include a slot for an external memory card, it it is more than enough to install tons of applications, games, pictures and videos without even thinking about filling the phone.

This phone is much lighter than what you expect from a phone this size. About its construction, this cellphone is mostly built with Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass) . This phone is sold in 2 colors, glacier and obsidian. This cellphone is a very compact phone, given that it features a 8.3" screen and it is only 5.72 inches long and 7.26 inches wide. Being just 0.22" thick,the Microsoft Surface Duo 2 is incredibly slim and comfortable.

Microsoft packed this cellphone with a completely amazing 8.3" display, and a 1892 x 2688 resolution, providing this cellphone with a delightful graphic quality.

The Microsoft Surface Duo 2 offers WiFi connectivity (and it can be provided to other devices around, acting as a mobile hotspot), 5G amazingly fast connection type, LTE-A (4G) high bandwidth connection and also HSPA+ connection type (which is a bit slower 4G type) and the fastest 3G data connection, over HSDPA technologies. The Microsoft Surface Duo 2 uses 2 Nano SIM cards to be able to to work with two different carriers or phone numbers in the same phone.

This cellphone is equipped with two cameras, a 12 mega-pixels back-facing camera and a 12 MP front facing camera. It is capable of filming videos in 3840x2160 (4K) at 60 frames per second, and 1920x1080 Full HD slow-motion videos up to 240 frames per second.

The Microsoft Surface Duo 2 uses a 4449 mAh high capacity non-removable battery that can keep it running for several hours without charging it. An issue to consider is that this phone's battery is not replaceable so you can't change it when it starts to last shorter, although with such a big battery you will probably replace this cellphone before that becomes a real problem.

The Microsoft Surface Duo 2 also includes some interesting features as Biometric fingerprint, Bluetooth (provides communication with other bluetooth cellphones and accessories) and GPS Localization, and lots of sensors like Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope and Compass.

This cellphone is a little bit overpriced considering it is sold for 540 dollars, while many similar phones cost a bit less than that. If you will use it as a gaming cellphone, you love taking photos, need a cellphone majorly for internet broswing and social networks or will use it as a work cellphone, you will definitely love this device.

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Device Type:Phone
Operating System (OS):Android 11
Dimensions:5.72 x 7.26 x 0.22 inchesMetric14.53 x 18.44 x 0.56 cmImperial
Weight:10.02 ouncesMetric284.06 gImperial
Colors:Glacier and Obsidian
Materials:Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass)
Scratch Resistant Glass:Yes
Release date:2021-09-20
Price:$ 540.00


Screen Type:AMOLED
Size:8.3 inchesMetric21.1 cmImperial
Resolution:2688 x 1892 pixels
Pixel density:396 pixels per inchMetric155.91 pixels per cmImperial
Brightness:800 cd/m2
Touch screen:No


Chipset:Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SM8350 (5 nm)
Processor:Kryo 680, 64-bit (Octa-Core 2840 MHz)
RAM Memory:8 GB
Graphics Processor:Adreno 660
Internal Memory:128 GB
SD Card Slot:No SD card slot


Capacity:4449 mAh


Back camera:12 megapixels
    Focal length:27mm (35mm equivalence)
Front camera:12 megapixels
Max video resolution:3840 x 2160 (60 fps) (4K)
Max slow motion video:1920 x 1080 (240 fps) (Full HD)
Camera features:Slow Motion Video (8 times slower)


    Mobile Hotspot:Yes
SIM Card Type:Nano SIM
Dual SIM:Yes
5G Bands:n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n20, n25, n28, n38, n41, n66, n71, n77, n78, n79, n260, n261, SA, NSA, Sub-6, mmWave
LTE (4G) Bands:1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(AWS-1), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700 a), 13(700 c), 14(700 PS), 19(800 Upper), 20(800 DD), 25(1900+), 26(850+), 28(700 APT), 29(700 d), 30(2300 WCS), 66(AWS-3), 71(600), 38(2600), 39(1900+), 40(2300), 41(2600+), 42(3500), 46, 48(3600)
UMTS Bands:Bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 5(850), 8(900)
Technologies:5G, LTE-A (4G), LTE (4G), HSPA+ (4G) and HSDPA

Other Features

Bluetooth:Version 5.1
Fingerprint ID:Yes
Sensors:Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope, Light Sensor and Proximity Sensor