Ever since I beginning writing about cell expertise 21 years in the past, I have been enthralled by those that push the boundaries of smartphone design and expertise. Whereas Apple’s new iPhones have longer battery life and improbable 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 attention-grabbing sufficient that I already positioned a pre-order for one.
I bought, after which later returned, the unique Floor Duo primarily resulting from the truth that Microsoft used year-old inner specs, had a single poor digital camera, didn’t embody NFC to help Google Pay, and left an excessive amount of on the desk. We then noticed costs plummet with the Duo accessible 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 large screens designed to get work completed. Microsoft provided distinctive software program experiences, particularly in relation to Workplace 365 purposes. It wasn’t designed for somebody on the lookout for an easy smartphone, however for folks getting work completed on the go the place a big pill was too large and a typical smartphone was too restricted.
There are a number of causes to think about an improve from the Floor Duo to the Floor Duo 2 or to select up a Floor Duo 2 for the primary time. These embody:
- Triple rear digital camera system: There was a single inner digital camera on the unique Floor Duo that was designed for Groups and video calling. Apart from these makes use of, the digital camera was horrible. This yr we nonetheless have an inner video convention digital camera, 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 significant improve from LTE radios. NFC can be now current to help 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 charge: As soon as you employ a show with a refresh charge larger than 60Hz, it is robust to return. Whereas 120Hz is the usual for at the moment’s flagships, 90Hz on each large shows is a welcome addition.
- Larger 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 is no such thing as a exterior show on the Floor Duo 2, Microsoft gives some innovation with the a part of the show displaying between the hinges. Glanceable notifications are offered on this space and we look ahead to evaluating their usefulness.
- Improved pen help: Samsung could not work out a method to simply tote the S Pen on the brand new Z Fold 3, however Microsoft gives 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 gives three inner storage capability choices of 128GB/256GB/512GB with the identical 8GB of RAM accessible 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 inner storage, UFS 3.0
- Cameras: 12MP broad, 12MP 2x telephoto, and 16MP ultra-wide, 110-degree rear digital camera set. 12MP f/2.0 inside front-facing digital camera
- 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 gentle 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 gives from Microsoft are clearly not as beneficiant as what Samsung gives. Software program enhancements for twin and cut up display screen operations are provided in each units.
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’t justify holding each of those costly units so keep tuned right here for extra ideas on each of those modern smartphones.