was too infested with bugsAlso found by Julian Chukato of WIRED. (as he read Dune on the original Duo, which I didn’t realize when I started reading the Duo fan favorite sci-fi movie 2). These weren’t just a few flaws, some carry-on baggage that you might find acceptable at the start of a new phone relationship. These were things that broke the deal. However, Microsoft was determined to improve it. To try, at least.
So the Duo 2 is built with a faster processor (Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888) and a thicker but more powerful body than the previous model. The new design features a triple-lens camera module on the back — a 12MP ultra-wide camera, a 16MP ultrawide camera, and a 12MP telephoto lens — a powerful upgrade from the original 11MP Duo camera, which doubled as a selfie camera and rear camera (once the device is flipped over). ). Like the previous Duo, the Duo 2 is eye-catching. Its front cover has a glossy Microsoft logo, covered in glass, and I’ve already scratched it off. The two 5.8-inch HD displays have respectable 90Hz refresh rates. Also, it works with Flat stylus pens, which starts at about $65.
It displays flashes of sparkle, like a literal flash of a notification that appears on the device’s spine when it’s shut down. The first Duo users, these brave beta testers, didn’t like that there was no way to see the notifications coming in when Duo was closed. So Microsoft built a “glance bar” on the spine, where you can see the phone’s charging status, an incoming call, or a text message. This was strangely fun. I asked WIRED’s new global managing editor to text me while he was standing nearby so we could watch the Duo 2’s gaze bar light up. I think I dug him up more than he did.
The camera is good, but for a $1,500 phone, it performed poorly. Loaded iPhone 13 from Apple ($799) and Google Pixel 6 phone ($599) with me when I tested the Duo 2 and was often confused by the Duo’s comparative lack of camera versatility. Portraits of people in standard lighting settings looked dim. In a series of sunset photos taken on the beach, the colors faded together and the edges of the sand dunes were less visible than in the same photos taken on the new iPhone. When I took pictures of my colleagues in our office with the Duo 2, the desk’s beams of light scattered behind them.
Maybe more famous, just taking Pictures are a tedious process because it involves opening the brochure first. Taking a screenshot requires pressing the power button and volume down button simultaneously — which is also awkward. On the plus side, when you take a selfie, you can easily prop the phone and time a photo, without the need for a phone holder.