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Microsoft Surface Duo 2 review - Great but still immature smartphone concept

Keep them coming! With the Surface Duo 2, Microsoft has launched the 2nd generation of its foldable phone. Compared to its predecessor, the new surface phone comes with many improvements. In this review of the Microsoft foldable, we will explore why the clever advancements still are not quite enough.
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Smartphone Review

With the Surface Duo 2, the technology behemoth that is Microsoft still has a different interpretation of the foldable category than the remainder of the smartphone industry. Unlike the Galaxy Z Fold3, which relies on a foldable dynamic AMOLED display, the Duo 2 is based on two "traditional" PixelSense touch displays.

The second-generation Snapdragon 888 smartphone comes with a 4K triple cam on the back as well as 5G support. Thanks to its 4449-mAh battery, the Surface Duo 2 is supposed to make it through an entire day and its configurations include 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB, 256 GB, or 512 GB of internal storage at an MSRP starting from 1500 USD.

Microsoft Surface Duo 2 (Surface Duo Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G 8 x 1.8 - 2.8 GHz, Cortex-X1 / A78 / A55 (Kryo 680)
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
Display
8.30 inch 12.8:9, 2688 x 1892 pixel 396 PPI, Capacitive touchscreen , native pen support, AMOLED, Folded: 5.8 inch 1892x1344, 4:3, gorilla glass Victus, glossy: yes, HDR, 90 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 256 GB 
, 221 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.1 Gen2, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, dual gyro, dual proximity, dual compass, OTG, Miracast, DisplayPort, eSIM
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B12/​B13/​B14/​B19/​B20/​B25/​B26/​B28/​B29/​B30/​B38/​B39/​B40/​B41/​B42/​B46/​B48/​B66/​B71), 5G (n1/​n2/​n3/​n5/​n7/​n20/​n25/​n28/​n38/​n41/​n66/​n71/​n77/​n78/​n79), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 5.5 x 184.5 x 145.2 ( = 0.22 x 7.26 x 5.72 in)
Battery
4449 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix (f/1.7, 27mm, 1.4µm) + 12 MP (2x optical zoom, f/2.4, 51mm, 1.0µm) + 12 MP (f/2.2, 13mm, 1.0µm); Camera2 API: Level 3
Secondary Camera: 12 MPix (f/2.0, 24mm, 1.0µm)
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Virtual, Charger, USB cable, Microsoft UI, 12 Months Warranty, Widevine L1, GNSS: GPS (L1), Galileo (E1), GLONASS, BeiDou, QZSS, SBAS, fanless
Weight
284 g ( = 10.02 oz / 0.63 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
1699 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Potential Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
84.1 %
02/2022
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660
284 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash8.30"2688x1892
88.7 %
09/2021
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660
271 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash7.60"2208x1768
82.4 %
04/2020
Huawei Mate Xs
Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16
300 g512 GB UFS 3.0 Flash8.00"2480x2200
89.1 %
06/2021
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660
234 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.81"3200x1440
88.4 %
06/2022
OnePlus 9 Pro
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660
197 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.70"3216x1440

Case - Thin Microsoft Phone

Microsoft Surface Duo 2 in Obsidian and Glacier
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 in Obsidian and Glacier

The case of the Surface Duo 2, which aside from the familiar, white "Glacier" design now also comes in a dark "Obisidian" color, is very thin with a premium feel. However, the plastic frame that protects the curved displays does not mesh well with the otherwise high-quality impression.

Although compared to the previous model, the PixelSense touch displays have increased in size from 5.6 inches to 5.8 inches, the bezels are still fairly large. At least, the inefficient screen-to-body ratio of about 78 % means that the dual-screen smartphone does not have to resort to a hole-punch camera or notch.

Both the inside as well as the outside of the phone, which weighs 284 grams (~0.63 lbs), is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. While the Duo 2 appears robust, it is neither water- nor dustproof. In this category, the Galaxy Z Fold3 is ahead of the Surface smartphone thanks to its IPX8 certification.

Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Smartphone Review
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Smartphone Review
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Smartphone Review

Size Comparison

184.5 mm / 7.26 inch 145.2 mm / 5.72 inch 5.5 mm / 0.2165 inch 284 g0.626 lbs164.3 mm / 6.47 inch 74.6 mm / 2.94 inch 8.38 mm / 0.3299 inch 234 g0.516 lbs161.3 mm / 6.35 inch 146.2 mm / 5.76 inch 11 mm / 0.4331 inch 300 g0.661 lbs163.2 mm / 6.43 inch 73.6 mm / 2.9 inch 8.7 mm / 0.3425 inch 197 g0.4343 lbs158.2 mm / 6.23 inch 128.1 mm / 5.04 inch 6.4 mm / 0.252 inch 271 g0.597 lbs

Connectivity - Surface Duo 2 Supports DisplayPort

Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Glance Bar
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Glance Bar

The Surface Duo 2 can be charged via a type-C port on the bottom edge of the device, which supports USB 3.2 Gen. 2 and peripherals via an OTG adapter. Additionally, the Microsoft smartphone is able to output 4K video to an external monitor over an HDMI adapter using the DisplayPort standard. An appropriate DisplayPort-capable USB-C-to-HDMI cable is not included, however. In the wireless category, the Duo 2 supports Chromecast and Miracast. Since the Microsoft smartphone (naturally) does not have an always-on display, the manufacturer has integrated a notification bar into the second generation of its Duo series, which is visible when the phone is folded up. This allows the curved displays to function as a battery indicator or notify users of calls and messages. Unfortunately, third-party applications are not supported at this time, which severely limits its use.

Software - Microsoft Smartphone without Windows

Instead of Microsoft's own operating system, Windows, the Duo 2 comes with a UI that is based on Android 11 with security patches from January 2021 at the time of this review. There is no official information on how long the Redmond technology company plans on supporting its foldable with software updates. What we do know is that following its release in September 2020, the Duo 2's predecessor was still running Android 10 up until recently. According to reports, Microsoft wants to skip the Android 12 update for its foldable phones and instead focus on Android 12L, a special Android version that is tailored towards phablets and tablets.

The user interface includes some well-designed features such as app groups, a dual-screen window option and a visually appealing Microsoft 365 feed. That being said, the software could use some more optimization and only a few apps have been optimized for dual-screen use.

Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Smartphone Review
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Smartphone Review
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Smartphone Review

Communikation and GNSS - Surface Duo 2 with Wi-Fi 6

For the communications modules, Microsoft opts for Bluetooth 5.1 and NFC. Thanks to its support for Wi-Fi 6 homenetworks and the fast ax standard, the Duo 2 achieves very fast transfer rates of up to 1700 Mbps. The transfer rates in combination with our new reference router Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 could have been more consistent, however.

On top of 5G and several Sub-6 frequencies, the Duo 2 also supports a total of 26 LTE bands. Due to the high number of supported 4G frequencies, users not only benefit from great coverage domestically, but also while traveling.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1368 (671min - 1409max) MBit/s ∼100%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1190 (1121min - 1230max) MBit/s ∼87%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
680 (649min - 703max) MBit/s ∼50%
Huawei Mate Xs
Mali-G76 MP16, Kirin 990 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
542 (479min - 631max) MBit/s ∼40%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.59 - 1395, n=209, last 2 years)
486 MBit/s ∼36%
iperf3 receive AX12
Huawei Mate Xs
Mali-G76 MP16, Kirin 990 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
963 (471min - 1110max) MBit/s ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
893 (428min - 917max) MBit/s ∼93%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
799 (635min - 854max) MBit/s ∼83%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
779 (363min - 824max) MBit/s ∼81%
Average of class Smartphone
  (15.5 - 1348, n=209, last 2 years)
473 MBit/s ∼49%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1032 (449min - 1423max) MBit/s ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (72.5 - 1736, n=49, last 2 years)
636 MBit/s ∼62% -38%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1176 (380min - 1712max) MBit/s ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78.3 - 1710, n=49, last 2 years)
657 MBit/s ∼56% -44%
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; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1031 (449-1423)
; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1176 (380-1712)
Geolocation outdoors
Geolocation outdoors
Geolocation indoors
Geolocation indoors

In order to examine the precision of the GPS, we take our Duo 2 with us on a short trip. At the end of our 10-km (~6.2 miles) test track, the difference between the smartphone's GPS module and our Garmin Venu 2 reference device amounts to only 30 meters. (~98.4 ft).

Geolocation does not always work flawlessly and parts of the recorded track deviate from the actual route. Overall, the Duo 2 is still a good choice for navigation tasks.

Garmin Venu 2 vs. Surface Duo 2
Garmin Venu 2 vs. Surface Duo 2

Telephony and Call Quality - Microsoft Phone with eSIM

Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Smartphone Review

The call quality is somewhat subpar. While voices are captured clearly thanks to the dual microphones with echo and noise suppression, we have to speak very loudly in order for them to pick us up at all. During our testing, video calls via the integrated display camera with Skype only supported the single-screen mode. When using both screens, video transmission was not possible.

The card slot of the Surface phone accepts Nano SIM cards. Furthermore, an eSIM is also supported. According to the manufacturer, both can be used in parallel for dual SIM functionality.

Cameras - Surface Duo 2 with a Triple Cam

Photo mode
Photo mode
Portrait mode
Portrait mode

In terms of the cameras, Microsoft has made big changes. While the predecessor did not have a rear camera module at all, the Duo 2 supports a 2x optical zoom thanks to the 12-MP telephoto lens with OIS and ultra-wide shots thanks to its 16-MP ultra-wide lens. Unfortunately, neither were able to produce convincing results due to a lack of details.

The main camera also has a resolution of 12 MP and an optical image stabilization. While the image quality under daylight is good, the degree of sharpness could have been higher. Interestingly, the right side of the images turned out to be noticeably sharper than the left side. When it comes to the color accuracy, Microsoft still has some work left to do on the software side - particularly in terms of the color balance and green shades.

Pictures taken with 12-MP camera on the inside are somewhat lackluster in when it comes to the sharpness, although the dynamic range and brightening in daylight are quite good.

Ultra-wide lens
Ultra-wide lens
Wide-angle lens
2x zoom
10x zoom (max)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Smartphone Review
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Smartphone Review

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

WeitwinkelWeitwinkelLow LightUltraweitwinkelZoom 5x
ColorChecker
23.2 ∆E
10.7 ∆E
18.5 ∆E
28.6 ∆E
14.9 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
14.3 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
20.6 ∆E
11 ∆E
3.6 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
15.3 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
7 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
15 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
ColorChecker Microsoft Surface Duo 2: 12.07 ∆E min: 3.55 - max: 28.59 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.6 ∆E
46.9 ∆E
38.9 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
42.7 ∆E
53.4 ∆E
47.9 ∆E
34.3 ∆E
31.2 ∆E
26.9 ∆E
52.8 ∆E
56.3 ∆E
31.5 ∆E
43.1 ∆E
21.2 ∆E
45.3 ∆E
35.5 ∆E
41.8 ∆E
52.9 ∆E
57.5 ∆E
46.2 ∆E
36.4 ∆E
23.8 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Microsoft Surface Duo 2: 39.35 ∆E min: 13.35 - max: 57.49 ∆E

Accessories and Warranty - Microsoft Smartphone without Charger

Optional Surface Slim Pen 2
Optional Surface Slim Pen 2

While the Surface Duo 2 comes without the 23-watt power supply (available separately, MSRP: 45 USD), a USB cable and USB type-C earbuds are included. The Surface Slim Pen 2 is optionally available at an MSRP of 130 USD.

Microsoft only offers a 12-month warranty starting from the time of purchase. Users have the option to buy an accidental damages and downtime protection plan called Microsoft Complete for Surface.

Input Devices & Handling - Surface Duo 2 without Face Unlock

The capacitive PixelSense touchscreens respond precisely, but not always reliably to inputs. Occasionally, our inputs seem to get lost on the first try, which we suspect is caused by Microsoft's software impementation rather than hardware issues. The gliding properties of the Corning Gorilla Glass are excellent.

The 90-Hz refresh rate of the screen enhances the user experience with smoother animations and scrolling. Combined with the new Surface Pen 2 and its haptic motor, the faster refresh rate allows for comfortable writing and sketching. That being said, the Galaxy Z Fold3 and its S-Pen feel more responsive and more sensitive.

The power button has an integrated fingerprint sensor with a high recognition rate for biometric security. Facial recognition is not supported on the Duo 2.

Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Smartphone Review
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Smartphone Review
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Smartphone Review

Display - Microsoft Smartphone with an OLED Screen

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The two 90-Hz AMOLED displays of the Duo 2 have a resolution of 1344 x 1892 pixels and an aspect ratio of 13:9, which is unusual for a smartphone. This results in a pixel density of around 400 PPI for each screen. When opened, the Surface model offers a display diagonal of 8.3 inches, which is interrupted by the hinge in the center.

The manufacturer promises a maximum luminance of 600 nits. In the auto brightness mode with the ambient light sensor enabled, we measured slightly more than that at up to 663 nits on a pure white background. Similarly, the result of the more realistic APL50 test is good as well at 814 nits. The Surface smartphone uses pulse-width modulation (PWM) with a high frequency of 194-373 Hz to control the brightness to up to 30 %. At higher brightness levels, we measured a frequency of 90 Hz, although the fluctuations in the amplitude diagram are much less severe. There is no DC dimming mode.

656
cd/m²
659
cd/m²
667
cd/m²
657
cd/m²
663
cd/m²
664
cd/m²
662
cd/m²
653
cd/m²
664
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 667 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 660.6 cd/m² Minimum: 2.04 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 98 %
Center on Battery: 663 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.5 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.4
ΔE Greyscale 2.7 | 0.64-98 Ø5.6
99.1% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 1.93
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
AMOLED, 2688x1892, 8.30
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Dynamic AMOLED, 2208x1768, 7.60
Huawei Mate Xs
OLED, 2480x2200, 8.00
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
AMOLED, 3200x1440, 6.81
OnePlus 9 Pro
AMOLED, 3216x1440, 6.70
Screen
15%
-11%
33%
33%
Brightness middle
663
808
22%
417
-37%
891
34%
733
11%
Brightness
661
820
24%
418
-37%
888
34%
746
13%
Brightness Distribution
98
97
-1%
99
1%
99
1%
97
-1%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
3.5
2.9
17%
2.6
26%
1.9
46%
0.95
73%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
5.3
4.2
21%
7.7
-45%
3.7
30%
2.01
62%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2.7
2.5
7%
2
26%
1.3
52%
1.7
37%
Gamma
1.93 114%
2.01 109%
2.31 95%
2.3 96%
2.21 100%
CCT
6503 100%
6359 102%
6276 104%
6527 100%
6591 99%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 373.1 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 373.1 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 373.1 Hz is relatively high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering. However, there are reports that some users are still sensitive to PWM at 500 Hz and above, so be aware.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21792 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

The analysis with our spectrophotometer and the CalMAN software shows fairly low deltaE color devations for the Duo 2 compared to the sRGB color space (profile: natural) - the ideal range would be values of <3. Similarly, the color temperature of 6503 K almost exactly matches the ideal of 6500 K.

Color accuracy (target color space: sRGB; profile: natural)
Color accuracy (target color space: sRGB; profile: natural)
Color space (target color space: sRGB; profile: natural)
Color space (target color space: sRGB; profile: natural)
Grayscale (target color space: sRGB; profile: natural)
Grayscale (target color space: sRGB; profile: natural)
Color saturation (target color space: sRGB; profile: natural)
Color saturation (target color space: sRGB; profile: natural)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
2.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.6 ms rise
↘ 1.2 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 3 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
2.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.6 ms rise
↘ 1.2 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.692 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 2 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (36.8 ms).

Thanks to the OLED technology, the viewing angles are excellent. Even outdoors, the organic screen of the Duo 2 performs well.

Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Smartphone Review
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Smartphone Review
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Smartphone Review
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Smartphone Review

Performance - Microsoft Phone with a Qualcomm SoC

The 2021 high-end Qualcomm chipset makes the Surface phone a great performer. The overall system performance is good for the most part, although slight stuttering frequently occurs.

The results of benchmarking the Snapdragon 888 match our very high expectations and the browser benchmarks in particular seem to favor the Duo 2. We were also pleased with the fast read and write speeds of the UFS 3.1 storage.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
1198 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1135 Points ∼95% -5%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
766 Points ∼64% -36%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
989 Points ∼83% -17%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1129 Points ∼94% -6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (976 - 1198, n=27)
1118 Points ∼93% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1755, n=255, last 2 years)
671 Points ∼56% -44%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
3542 Points ∼97%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
3485 Points ∼95% -2%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
2972 Points ∼81% -16%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
3462 Points ∼94% -2%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
3666 Points ∼100% +4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (3204 - 3810, n=27)
3571 Points ∼97% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4914, n=255, last 2 years)
2195 Points ∼60% -38%
Vulkan Score 5.3 (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
4234 Points ∼90%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
4362 Points ∼93% +3%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
4287 Points ∼91% +1%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
4544 Points ∼96% +7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (3894 - 6176, n=26)
4711 Points ∼100% +11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (72 - 8702, n=198, last 2 years)
2597 Points ∼55% -39%
OpenCL Score 5.3 (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
4765 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
4663 Points ∼98% -2%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
4599 Points ∼97% -3%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
4604 Points ∼97% -3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (3100 - 4786, n=26)
4617 Points ∼97% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (255 - 9069, n=199, last 2 years)
2566 Points ∼54% -46%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0 (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
13452 Points ∼94%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
12103 Points ∼85% -10%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
13982 Points ∼98% +4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (11435 - 17085, n=21)
14307 Points ∼100% +6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 18567, n=147, last 2 years)
10202 Points ∼71% -24%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
8055 Points ∼96%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
4076 Points ∼48%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (7991 - 9221, n=3)
8422 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 11256, n=179, last 2 years)
3406 Points ∼40%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
10261 Points ∼92%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
4044 Points ∼36%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (10111 - 13263, n=3)
11212 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (54 - 16670, n=179, last 2 years)
3905 Points ∼35%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
4597 Points ∼100%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
4192 Points ∼91%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (4462 - 4609, n=3)
4556 Points ∼99%
Average of class Smartphone
  (677 - 5301, n=179, last 2 years)
2856 Points ∼62%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
11527 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
8257 Points ∼72% -28%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
4213 Points ∼37% -63%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
8562 Points ∼74% -26%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (8065 - 11534, n=20)
10135 Points ∼88% -12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 13121, n=225, last 2 years)
4949 Points ∼43% -57%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
16253 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
10491 Points ∼65% -35%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
4064 Points ∼25% -75%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
11227 Points ∼69% -31%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (10491 - 17179, n=20)
15130 Points ∼93% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 31940, n=225, last 2 years)
6918 Points ∼43% -57%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
5374 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
4731 Points ∼88% -12%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
4836 Points ∼90% -10%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
4676 Points ∼87% -13%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (2975 - 5434, n=20)
4760 Points ∼89% -11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (651 - 6394, n=223, last 2 years)
3245 Points ∼60% -40%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
6140 Points ∼89%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
5689 Points ∼83%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (6140 - 7596, n=2)
6868 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 9138, n=180, last 2 years)
2529 Points ∼37%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
6816 Points ∼84%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
6265 Points ∼77%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (6816 - 9436, n=2)
8126 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 11573, n=180, last 2 years)
2628 Points ∼32%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
4557 Points ∼100%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
4305 Points ∼94%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (4514 - 4557, n=2)
4536 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (688 - 5318, n=180, last 2 years)
2857 Points ∼63%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
7454 Points ∼85%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
8804 Points ∼100% +18%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
4422 Points ∼50% -41%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
8347 Points ∼95% +12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (6110 - 9839, n=21)
8532 Points ∼97% +14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 11528, n=233, last 2 years)
4017 Points ∼46% -46%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
9863 Points ∼84%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
11775 Points ∼100% +19%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
5672 Points ∼48% -42%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
11050 Points ∼94% +12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (7930 - 12914, n=21)
11629 Points ∼99% +18%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 19364, n=233, last 2 years)
5005 Points ∼43% -49%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
3987 Points ∼85%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
4675 Points ∼100% +17%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
2497 Points ∼53% -37%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
4497 Points ∼96% +13%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (2579 - 5366, n=21)
4511 Points ∼96% +13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (635 - 5793, n=233, last 2 years)
3241 Points ∼69% -19%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited (sort by value)
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
3948 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (426 - 6977, n=162, last 2 years)
2380 Points ∼60%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
4046 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (349 - 11259, n=162, last 2 years)
2626 Points ∼65%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
3638 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1567 - 3958, n=162, last 2 years)
2573 Points ∼71%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
5345 Points ∼93%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
5381 Points ∼94% +1%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
5689 Points ∼99% +6%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
5736 Points ∼100% +7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (3958 - 5942, n=26)
5674 Points ∼99% +6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (216 - 10062, n=183, last 2 years)
3197 Points ∼56% -40%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
5238 Points ∼91%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
4418 Points ∼77% -16%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
5734 Points ∼100% +9%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
5737 Points ∼100% +10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (3959 - 5925, n=26)
5617 Points ∼98% +7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (205 - 11700, n=184, last 2 years)
3392 Points ∼59% -35%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
1602 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1503 Points ∼94% -6%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1552 Points ∼97% -3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (1236 - 1602, n=21)
1516 Points ∼95% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (22 - 3080, n=139, last 2 years)
991 Points ∼62% -38%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
1564 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
997 Points ∼64% -36%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1498 Points ∼96% -4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (974 - 1564, n=21)
1421 Points ∼91% -9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 2864, n=135, last 2 years)
977 Points ∼62% -38%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex Onscreen (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
90 fps ∼75%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
112 fps ∼93% +24%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
58 fps ∼48% -36%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
120 fps ∼100% +33%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
60 fps ∼50% -33%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (60 - 143, n=20)
102.5 fps ∼85% +14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.5 - 143, n=196, last 2 years)
69.2 fps ∼58% -23%
1920x1080 T-Rex Offscreen (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
243 fps ∼86%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
173 fps ∼62% -29%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
139 fps ∼49% -43%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
281 fps ∼100% +16%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
258 fps ∼92% +6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (173 - 294, n=20)
247 fps ∼88% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (6 - 439, n=196, last 2 years)
139.7 fps ∼50% -43%
GFXBench 3.0
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
90 fps ∼92%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
73 fps ∼74% -19%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
47 fps ∼48% -48%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
98 fps ∼100% +9%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
60 fps ∼61% -33%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (55 - 121, n=20)
93.9 fps ∼96% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.5 - 121, n=195, last 2 years)
56.2 fps ∼57% -38%
1920x1080 1080p Manhattan Offscreen (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
132 fps ∼75%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
108 fps ∼61% -18%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
81 fps ∼46% -39%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
177 fps ∼100% +34%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
151 fps ∼85% +14%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (101 - 180, n=20)
141.7 fps ∼80% +7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.4 - 251, n=196, last 2 years)
80 fps ∼45% -39%
GFXBench 3.1
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
71 fps ∼99%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
44 fps ∼62% -38%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
26 fps ∼36% -63%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
62 fps ∼87% -13%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
57 fps ∼80% -20%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (36 - 105, n=20)
71.5 fps ∼100% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.1 - 121, n=195, last 2 years)
43.7 fps ∼61% -38%
1920x1080 Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
90 fps ∼74%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
75 fps ∼62% -17%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
51 fps ∼42% -43%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
121 fps ∼100% +34%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
69 fps ∼57% -23%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (69 - 126, n=20)
98.9 fps ∼82% +10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 169, n=196, last 2 years)
54.1 fps ∼45% -40%
GFXBench
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
61 fps ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
26 fps ∼43% -57%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
17 fps ∼28% -72%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
35 fps ∼57% -43%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
36 fps ∼59% -41%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (26 - 61, n=20)
47.2 fps ∼77% -23%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.3 - 81, n=195, last 2 years)
27.5 fps ∼45% -55%
1920x1080 Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
66 fps ∼93%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
44 fps ∼62% -33%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
32 fps ∼45% -52%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
71 fps ∼100% +8%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
59 fps ∼83% -11%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (42 - 74, n=20)
60.6 fps ∼85% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.8 - 97, n=195, last 2 years)
32.8 fps ∼46% -50%
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
60 fps ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
32 fps ∼53% -47%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
60 fps ∼100% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
44 fps ∼73% -27%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
55 fps ∼92% -8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (32 - 73, n=26)
55.7 fps ∼93% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 98, n=251, last 2 years)
28.7 fps ∼48% -52%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
66 fps ∼40%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
54 fps ∼33% -18%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
165 fps ∼100% +150%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
85 fps ∼52% +29%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
63 fps ∼38% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (46 - 87, n=27)
70.4 fps ∼43% +7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.9 - 123, n=252, last 2 years)
34 fps ∼21% -48%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
39 fps ∼85%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
27 fps ∼59% -31%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
46 fps ∼100% +18%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
26 fps ∼57% -33%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
42 fps ∼91% +8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (25 - 51, n=26)
38.5 fps ∼84% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.1 - 69, n=252, last 2 years)
19.8 fps ∼43% -49%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
28 fps ∼41%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
22 fps ∼32% -21%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
68 fps ∼100% +143%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
30 fps ∼44% +7%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
28 fps ∼41% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (19 - 32, n=26)
27.5 fps ∼40% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.7 - 47, n=252, last 2 years)
13 fps ∼19% -54%
Antutu v9 - Total Score (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
772608 Points ∼96%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
714178 Points ∼89% -8%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
801983 Points ∼100% +4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (636471 - 824694, n=17)
767997 Points ∼96% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (111952 - 1041980, n=111, last 2 years)
555932 Points ∼69% -28%
AImark - Score v2.x (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
248961 Points ∼95%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
254430 Points ∼97% +2%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
262983 Points ∼100% +6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (171404 - 264766, n=15)
243759 Points ∼93% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4293 - 286905, n=131, last 2 years)
59805 Points ∼23% -76%
BaseMark OS II
Overall (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
6342 Points ∼91%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
6252 Points ∼90% -1%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
4640 Points ∼67% -27%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
6365 Points ∼91% 0%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
6959 Points ∼100% +10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (5839 - 6985, n=20)
6495 Points ∼93% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (895 - 8124, n=170, last 2 years)
4244 Points ∼61% -33%
System (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
9786 Points ∼83%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
10837 Points ∼92% +11%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
8823 Points ∼75% -10%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
9696 Points ∼82% -1%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
11774 Points ∼100% +20%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (9119 - 11774, n=20)
10766 Points ∼91% +10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1542 - 19657, n=170, last 2 years)
7532 Points ∼64% -23%
Memory (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
7911 Points ∼87%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
6933 Points ∼77% -12%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
6453 Points ∼71% -18%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
7453 Points ∼82% -6%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
9044 Points ∼100% +14%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (5352 - 9044, n=20)
7316 Points ∼81% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1012 - 9044, n=170, last 2 years)
4862 Points ∼54% -39%
Graphics (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
13654 Points ∼99%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
13750 Points ∼100% +1%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
8570 Points ∼62% -37%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
12776 Points ∼93% -6%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
13463 Points ∼98% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (9399 - 15739, n=20)
13676 Points ∼99% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (478 - 25642, n=170, last 2 years)
7365 Points ∼54% -46%
Web (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
1545 Points ∼87%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1479 Points ∼83% -4%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
950 Points ∼53% -39%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1782 Points ∼100% +15%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1633 Points ∼92% +6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (1434 - 1983, n=20)
1683 Points ∼94% +9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (718 - 2392, n=170, last 2 years)
1386 Points ∼78% -10%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 (Chrome 97)
222.8 Points ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G (77 - 223, n=19)
168.8 Points ∼76% -24%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (Chrome91)
160.9 Points ∼72% -28%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G (Chrome 92)
151.1 Points ∼68% -32%
OnePlus 9 Pro (Microsoft Edge 46)
124.5 Points ∼56% -44%
Average of class Smartphone (10.8 - 414, n=169, last 2 years)
114.8 Points ∼52% -48%
Huawei Mate Xs (Huawei Browser 10.1)
103.6 Points ∼46% -54%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 (Chrome 97)
161 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G (Chrome 92)
156 Points ∼97% -3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G (103 - 182, n=18)
143.1 Points ∼89% -11%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (Chrome91)
141 Points ∼88% -12%
OnePlus 9 Pro (Microsoft Edge 4689)
103 Points ∼64% -36%
Huawei Mate Xs (Huawei Browser 10.1)
98 Points ∼61% -39%
Average of class Smartphone (20 - 265, n=178, last 2 years)
92.2 Points ∼57% -43%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
47543 Points ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G (23491 - 47543, n=20)
35591 Points ∼75% -25%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (Chrome91)
33423 Points ∼70% -30%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G (Chrome 92)
33404 Points ∼70% -30%
OnePlus 9 Pro (Microsoft Edge 46)
26829 Points ∼56% -44%
Average of class Smartphone (3526 - 65969, n=183, last 2 years)
23311 Points ∼49% -51%
Huawei Mate Xs (Huawei Browser 10.1)
20917 Points ∼44% -56%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (414 - 15230, n=183, last 2 years)
3178 ms * ∼100% -257%
Huawei Mate Xs (Huawei Browser 10.1)
2219 ms * ∼70% -149%
OnePlus 9 Pro (Microsoft Edge 46)
1808 ms * ∼57% -103%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (Chrome91)
1782 ms * ∼56% -100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G (891 - 1841, n=20)
1319 ms * ∼42% -48%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G (Chrome 92)
959 ms * ∼30% -8%
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 (Chrome 97)
891 ms * ∼28%

* ... smaller is better

Microsoft Surface Duo 2Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5GHuawei Mate XsXiaomi Mi 11 UltraOnePlus 9 ProAverage 256 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-14%
-25%
-1%
-5%
0%
-45%
Sequential Read 256KB
1818
1934
6%
1767
-3%
1928
6%
1995
10%
1781 ?(1330 - 2037, n=47)
-2%
929 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=248, last 2 years)
-49%
Sequential Write 256KB
754
790
5%
402.7
-47%
756
0%
769
2%
954 ?(452 - 1559, n=47)
27%
472 ?(11.9 - 1485, n=248, last 2 years)
-37%
Random Read 4KB
287.1
215.5
-25%
202.9
-29%
259.3
-10%
258.7
-10%
265 ?(181 - 345, n=47)
-8%
166.5 ?(13.5 - 345, n=248, last 2 years)
-42%
Random Write 4KB
324.7
195.7
-40%
259.1
-20%
329.7
2%
254.3
-22%
274 ?(218 - 458, n=48)
-16%
159.7 ?(56.5 - 458, n=249, last 2 years)
-51%

Gaming - Surface Duo 2 with Gaming Aspirations

We test the 3D performance of the Duo 2 with a few games from the Play Store. Armajet and PUBG Mobile do not support the second display. Both games still run smoothly at consistent frame rates and the highest settings. Furthermore, PUBG Mobile can be played at UltraHD without noticeably impacting the frame rate.

Emissions - Surface Duo 2 Almost Remains Cool

Temperature

The heat development barely penetrates the case, although it is quite heterogenous. Like with other Snapdragon 888 phones, we are able to measure performance throttling. During the 3DMark stress test, the Duo 2's performance drops by around 30 %.

Max. Load
 27.4 °C
81 F
38.8 °C
102 F
39 °C
102 F
 
 28.7 °C
84 F
36.6 °C
98 F
38.8 °C
102 F
 
 28.4 °C
83 F
29.7 °C
85 F
37.2 °C
99 F
 
Maximum: 39 °C = 102 F
Average: 33.8 °C = 93 F
38 °C
100 F
38.1 °C
101 F
28.3 °C
83 F
37.4 °C
99 F
39.4 °C
103 F
28.2 °C
83 F
36.1 °C
97 F
36.6 °C
98 F
28.5 °C
83 F
Maximum: 39.4 °C = 103 F
Average: 34.5 °C = 94 F
Room Temperature 21.8 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.8 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 32.8 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 39 °C / 102 F, compared to the average of 35.1 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 39.4 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.4 °C / 83 F, compared to the device average of 32.8 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
92.5 (5288min) % ∼100% +35%
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
68.3 (23.8min) % ∼74%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
61.8 (19.2min) % ∼67% -10%
OnePlus 9 Pro
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60.3 (3461min) % ∼65% -12%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
93.5 (1404min) % ∼100% +31%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
78.1 (5.07min) % ∼84% +10%
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
71.3 (6.58min) % ∼76%
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Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.7.2: Ø7.24 (6.58-9.23)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.5.1: Ø5.17 (5.07-6.49)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø25.3 (23.8-34.8)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø20.4 (19.2-31)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Smartphone
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Smartphone

Speakers

The stereo speakers of the Surface smartphones are able to reach a maximum volume level of 83 dB and provide decent sound. The midrange frequencies could have been more balanced and there is a lack of bass.

Wired headphones can be connected to the Duo 2 via the USB-C port. Alternatively, wireless headphones are supported thanks to Bluetooth 5.1.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.227.62521.721.73118.627.74021.725.5503235.16325.725.28027.425.310024.323.312516.330.816018.942.820017.542.825012.348.431515.752.140011.656.450011.86163012.461.880011.666.9100012.572.7125013.169.5160012.567200013.168.3250012.872.8315012.874.5400012.971.2500013.372.5630013.474.2800013.770.81000013.773.11250014.472.61600013.767SPL25.283.3N0.755.5median 13.1median 67Delta1.511.535.831.532.237.125.123.6212434.435.22426.228.924.222.829.817.640.219.254.415.856.215.55915.762.31363.912.469.614.468.314.771.712.876.914.676.413.573.813.176.613.574.613.477.913.381.413.379.413.475.213.774.313.27613.270.312.265.125.988.70.776.7median 13.5median 71.71.78hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseMicrosoft Surface Duo 2Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 27% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.7% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 18% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 74% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 45% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 48% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (88.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 21.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.3% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 19% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 76% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery Life - Microsoft Smartphone with a 4449-mAh Dual Battery

Energy Consumption

The 4449-mAh dual battery can be charged at up to 23 watts. Wireless charging is not supported and the idle power draw is somewhat high.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.21 / 0.38 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.55 / 2.43 / 2.52 Watt
Load midlight 6.7 / 8.74 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
4449 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
4400 mAh
Huawei Mate Xs
4500 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
5000 mAh
OnePlus 9 Pro
4500 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
34%
-25%
20%
0%
21%
29%
Idle Minimum *
1.55
1.02
34%
2.22
-43%
1.13
27%
1.6
-3%
1.066 ?(0.46 - 1.8, n=23)
31%
0.91 ?(0.12 - 2.5, n=193, last 2 years)
41%
Idle Average *
2.43
1.18
51%
3.94
-62%
1.67
31%
2
18%
1.58 ?(0.74 - 2.6, n=23)
35%
1.669 ?(0.65 - 3.6, n=193, last 2 years)
31%
Idle Maximum *
2.52
1.27
50%
4.01
-59%
1.69
33%
2.4
5%
1.733 ?(0.78 - 3.1, n=23)
31%
1.896 ?(0.69 - 3.7, n=193, last 2 years)
25%
Load Average *
6.7
5.25
22%
4.34
35%
5.17
23%
6.2
7%
5.46 ?(3.87 - 6.7, n=23)
19%
4.48 ?(2.1 - 7.74, n=193, last 2 years)
33%
Load Maximum *
8.74
7.74
11%
8.46
3%
9.9
-13%
11
-26%
9.79 ?(5.89 - 11.7, n=23)
-12%
7.33 ?(3.56 - 11.9, n=193, last 2 years)
16%

* ... smaller is better

Power Draw: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G: Ø5.62 (1.47-10.6)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G: Ø5.36 (1.088-10.3)

Power Draw: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø8.17 (7.63-9.71)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø9.02 (5.69-14.6)
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G; Idle 1min: Ø2.01 (1.412-2.27)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G; Idle 1min: Ø0.944 (0.899-1.151)

Battery Life

In dual-screen mode, the runtimes of the Duo 2 are subpar and at just 7 hours, the battery life in our Wi-Fi battery test with an adjusted display brightness of 150 nits is fairly mediocre.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
7h 18min
Microsoft Surface Duo 2
4449 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
4400 mAh
Huawei Mate Xs
4500 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
5000 mAh
OnePlus 9 Pro
4500 mAh
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
438
610
39%
481
10%
650
48%
1002
129%

Pros

+ build quality & haptics
+ great concept
+ good 90-Hz OLED panels
+ fast fingerprint sensor
+ fast performance
+ DisplayPort support

Cons

- lack of premium features
- software
- thick bezels
- cameras (ultra-wide, telephoto)
- charger and stylus not included

Verdict - Microsoft Surface Duo 2

In review: Microsoft Surface Duo 2. Test device courtesy of Microsoft Germany
In review: Microsoft Surface Duo 2. Test device courtesy of Microsoft Germany

Microsoft's Surface Duo 2 is a different interpretation of foldable smartphones than, for example, Samsung's Fold series. The Duo 2 has an elegant and yet robust appearance. Using two apps simultaneously is much easier with this dual-screen phone than with a Galaxy Z Fold3. If you do not have a use for this functionality, however, the Duo 2 is most likely not the smartphone for you, since there are still noticeable compromises to be made with the second generation compared to its foldable competition.

This includes thick bezels, hardware limitations (no IP rating, no Qi, no SD card slot, ...), and the unpolished software. Similarly, the new and very elegantly designed notification bar is too small. Finally, a warranty period of only one year is not a good fit for a productivity-focused smartphone.

We hope that Microsoft will continue to pursue its smartphone business in the long term. Unfortunately, the second generation still does not provide a sufficiently polished user experience.

Price and Availability

The Microsoft Surface Duo 2 is currently available starting from around $1499 from online retailers such as Amazon.com.

Microsoft Surface Duo 2 - 02/04/2022 v7
Marcus Herbrich

Chassis
88%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 90%
Pointing Device
91%
Connectivity
66 / 70 →