Microsoft Surface Duo and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 brought two different concepts of foldable phones to the market. The latter is better on the paper, but the former looks much more interesting for productivity and business users. Both are foldable phones but in different ways. That is exactly the reason why we decided to put them in a specs comparison. Here, we hope to let you understand which one is better for your actual needs and which is the most advanced device in terms of specifications and user experience. This will be a comparison between innovative phones, so we would like to hear your opinion about these foldable phones: if you have one, you can tell us by using the comment box below the post.
Microsoft Surface Duo vs Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 5G
Microsoft Surface Duo
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
Unfolded: 186.9 x 145.2 x 4.8 mm
Folded: 145.2 x 93.3 x 9.9 mm
Unfolded: 159.2 x 128.2 x 6.9 mm
Folded: 159.2 x 68 x 16.8 mm
2x 5.6 inches, 1800 x 2700 pixels (Quad HD+), AMOLED
Unfolded: 8.1 inches
7.6 inches, 1768 x 2208p (Quad HD+), Foldable Dynamic AMOLED 2X
External display: 6.23 inches, 816 x 2260 pixels (HD+), Super AMOLED
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core 2.84 GHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ octa-core 3.1 GHz
6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 6 GB RAM, 256 GB
12 GB RAM, 256 GB
Android 10, One UI
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS
Single 11 MP f/2.0
Triple 12 + 12 + 12 MP f/1.8, f/2.4, and f/2.2
10 MP f/2.2 front camera
10 MP f/2.2 cover camera
3577 mAh, fast charging 18W
4500 mAh, Fast Charging 25W, fast wireless charging 11W
Reverse wireless charging, 5G
Here it is all about tastes. With its thinner bezels around the displays, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 offers more impressive panel designs. But the Microsoft Surface Duo does not leave any space between its two display while it is folded, it can be rotated by 360 degrees and it is a lot thinner than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. On the other hand, it has very thick bezels around the displays, due to their 4:3 aspect ratio. This makes it look like an outdated phone. It is a very hard choice, but overall, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has the most innovative and futuristic design.
Microsoft Surface Duo comes with two displays close to each other which can be used together and rotated by 360 degrees, while Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a unique foldable display, as well as a secondary external display for those who want to use it as a phone. The foldable display of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 actually provides a better display quality thanks to its very high resolution, the HDR10+ certification, its 120 Hz refresh rate, and more. The Microsoft Surface Duo has an AMOLED display just like the Galaxy Z Fold 2, but it has no chances to compete against Samsung’s flagship in terms of display quality. So Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 wins.
Specs & Software
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has much better hardware than Microsoft Surface Duo. It is fueled by the new Snapdragon 865+ mobile platform that is the best Qualcomm’s chipset of 2020, while Microsoft Surface Duo is powered by the Snapdragon 855 which was Qualcomm’s flagship chipset in the first half of 2019. Further, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 packs 12 gigs of RAM, while Microsoft Surface Duo has just 6 GB. But when it comes to the software, the Microsoft Surface Duo makes a lot more sense. It has software and apps optimized to take full advantage of its form factor for productivity users. You can open apps side by side and a lot of them are optimized for that, as Microsoft showed in its briefing video. Further, the Microsoft Surface Duo supports the Surface Pen, while Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 does not support a pen, unlike the Samsung Galaxy Note lineup. Both Samsung and Microsoft promised three years of major upgrades for their flagships.
Microsoft Surface Duo is all but a camera phone. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 takes the crown with its 12 MP triple camera: not the best camera department out there, but way better than the single 11 MP sensor found on the Surface Duo. With the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, you get an additional telephoto sensor, an ultrawide sensor, and even OIS, as well as two 10 MP front cameras (including a cover camera for the external display.
The 4500 mAh battery found on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 will provide a longer battery life than the Microsoft Surface Duo simply because it has a bigger capacity. Especially if you only use the external display which comes with a lower resolution and a standard refresh rate. With the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, you also get faster wired charging, wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging.
Microsoft Surface Duo will be priced at €1181/$1399, while Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 will likely cost more than €2000. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is a much better phone if we only consider the specifications. But if you need the best device for productivity, I believe that Surface Duo is a better choice for you due to its advanced software features and the Surface Pen.
Microsoft Surface Duo vs Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 5G: PRO and CONS
Microsoft Surface Duo
The display rotates 360°
Better software for the form factor
Inferior hardware and camera
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G
More and better cameras
Real foldable display + external display
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