When the Microsoft Surface Duo launched, I absolutely adored the form factor and split app view. But I hated how slow it ran and how easily it broke and ultimately returned it. Now it looks like the Surface Duo 2 is on the way, and it might fix some of its biggest issues.
The original Surface Duo 2 turned out to be a better idea on paper than in practice. That’s partly due to the aging hardware out the gate—it used an older processor, a small amount of RAM, and frankly some terrible cameras. Even still, when it runs well (which isn’t always), it makes multitasking a breeze. Unfortunately, it breaks easily—just plugging it in will do the trick. And it’s just as often slow and prone to lockups. Alas, it still runs Android 10 as well.
We’ve known a successor is in the works for a while, and it looks like addressing the cameras is one major focus. Now it looks like the internals will get a much-needed bump too. According to a Geekbench benchmark listing, the Surface Duo 2 will step up a Snapdragon 888 processor and 8 GBs of RAM. That’s a nice bump over the original Snapdragon 855 and 6GB RAM.
We don’t know if Microsoft will offer additional RAM options, as other smartphone manufacturers sometimes do, but we can see that the Surface Duo 2 will run Android 11 out of the box. That’s a nice confirmation considering that Microsoft never followed through with its promise to update the original Surface Duo to Android 11.
We’ll have to wait to see if the device picks enough body to prevent USB-C port snapping issues seen in the original, along with price, launch date, and everything else. But we’ll be on the lookout for when Microsoft announces all the details.