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Surface Duo 2 specs, availability: Dual-display device to ship in more countries next month

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The anticipated Surface Duo 2 is now available for pre-order with a confirmed retail launch next month. However, like its predecessor, the new dual-display device will be shipped in select markets only.

Surface Duo 2 release date, pricing, availability

Microsoft is now accepting pre-orders for the Surface Duo 2, which will be available in two colors, namely Obsidian (black) and Glacier (white). The former comes in three storage configurations -- 128GB for $1,500, 256GB for $1,600, and 512GB for $1,800.

Surface Duo 2’s standard RAM capacity is 8GB, while all configurations also use SSD. Note that the Glacier model does not have a 512GB variant.

Like its predecessor, though, Surface Duo 2 will be released in some markets, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Japan. The device will be available in these countries starting Oct. 21.

While the list is not that long, the device is still launching in more countries than the first Surface Duo did last year. It is unknown if Microsoft plans on adding more regions where the Surface Duo 2 will be available. In 2020, the first Surface Duo was only made available in the U.S. It then shipped to Canada and some countries in Europe in early 2021.

Surface Duo 2 confirmed specs

Most of the rumored and leaked details about the Surface Duo 2 have been confirmed in Microsoft’s launch event on Wednesday. Along with the bigger RAM, the device is powered with Snapdragon 888. It also has more cameras, including a triple-lens array on the back with 12MP wide, 12MP telephoto, and 16MP ultra-wide sensors. There is still a front-facing camera with 12MP resolution.

Surface Duo 2 sports a dual display that works with Microsoft’s PixelSense Fusion tech with a combined diagonal screen size of 8.3 inches, AMOLED panel, and 2688 x 1892 resolution. When using a single display, the device offers a 5.8-inch screen space with 1344 x 1892 resolution. It also uses Corning Gorilla Glass Victus material and has a 90Hz adaptive refresh rate.

The device packs a 4449mAh battery. One rumored feature that did not pan out is wireless charging, but the Surface Duo 2 supports wired 23W fast charging. It will ship with Android 11.

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