Microsoft's Surface Duo 2 shows up on Geekbench with Snapdragon 888 SoC powerplant

Shawn Knight

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Editor's take: The follow-up to Microsoft’s dual screen smartphone, the Surface Duo, is expected to be announced any day now. Fortunately for prospective buyers, it appears to be far more power than the original. But will Microsoft be able to get the price right this time around?

The original was first showcased back in 2019, but it’d be another year before Microsoft finally got around to launching the quirky device. Microsoft’s take was a bit different than what Samsung and others had been exploring with their early foldables, featuring two fixed screens rather than a single bendable display. As a result, it was far more durable, but that alone did't make it desirable.

Unfortunately for some interested in the concept, Microsoft’s initial offering was riddled with bugs, and lacked multiple run-of-the-mill features like wireless charging, water resistance and expandable storage. What’s more, it was weighed down by a hefty price tag, starting at $1.399, before an eventual price cut to $999.

While we don’t yet have a full picture of what the Surface Duo 2 will bring to the table, a recent Geedbench 5 run does provide a few clues. According to the run, the Surface Duo 2 will be powered by Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 888 processor alongside 8GB of RAM and will ship with Android 11.

The benchmark was uploaded on August 26, and for what it’s worth, the device recorded a single-core score of 1,091 and a multi-core score of 3,517.

Last month, the rumor mill delivered the first leaks what was purported to be the Surface Duo 2. If accurate, Microsoft’s next will feature an upgraded tripe rear camera array consisting of an ultrawide, a telephoto and a standard lens.

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Dimitriid

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If they can target a better price point than Samsung's Fold 3 this is rather interesting: I like the idea of carrying my tablet on my pocket at all times so it can basically do smartphone things except in this case, taking calls but honestly, how many of you take calls in 2021 and *with* the headset instead of just headphones or a hands free? I'd personally be totally ok with my usual calls of "Dude we're outside come out...K bye" on speakerphone entirely.

So if they can do something like 700 bucks I might just get one.
 

Sausagemeat

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If they can target a better price point than Samsung's Fold 3 this is rather interesting: I like the idea of carrying my tablet on my pocket at all times so it can basically do smartphone things except in this case, taking calls but honestly, how many of you take calls in 2021 and *with* the headset instead of just headphones or a hands free? I'd personally be totally ok with my usual calls of "Dude we're outside come out...K bye" on speakerphone entirely.

So if they can do something like 700 bucks I might just get one.
Just buy two budget Xiaomi phones and sellotape them together. That should provide you with the level of quality MS gives you and should cost about $700 too.

It’s silly, they call this thing a “power plant” but it’s barely faster than the entry level iPad and less than half the speed of an iPad Pro which is cheaper. It’s just a beefy phone with 2 screens! If this costs $1399 again then for the same money you can afford an iPad Pro and have $649 leftover for a phone!
 

DrSuess

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My next phone if it has wireless charging.
Looks nice, but I have bought a couple of Microsoft's past mobile devices and they have a nasty habit of killing their mobile offerings and leaving their customer's devices unsupported.

So as nice as it looks I would be hesitant to invest money in them again as this new device won't be cheap.
 

Aceseven

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As a person who owns a fold, it seems odd to release a phone thats chopped in half like, like if it was sitting in a store beside the fold3 it would look pretty weak in comparison with an eye test.