The Surface Duo 2 is Microsoft’s second-gen, dual-screen foldable phone. And it doesn’t run Windows! It’s an Android device, albeit without Android 12 out of the box.
However, the big changes here are on the hardware side. The Duo 2 uses a flagship 2021 chipset in the Snapdragon 888, bringing 5G and NFC to the device alongside it. Both AMOLED displays are slightly larger and now 90Hz, while there’s a brand-new triple rear camera system.
Elsewhere, you get a much bigger 4449mAh battery (vs 3577mAh on the original) and a new “Glance Bar”, which lets you check notifications without opening the device. The existing Glacier (white) model is now joined by an Obsidian (black) option, too.
Here’s all you need to know about buying the Surface Duo 2 in the UK and US, whether you’re looking for a model SIM-free or on contract.
Best Surface Duo 2 deals
With the Duo 2 now on sale, you don’t necessarily have to go direct – there are no discounts anywhere right now. Here are all the retailers currently selling the device:
You can also get the 128GB model via EE, with contracts starting at £73 per month with £150 upfront for 4GB of 5G data. Better value for money can be found on the 40GB plan, which costs £81 per month with £70 upfront. Check out the full range of options on the EE website.
There’s no indication that the device will be available via the other main networks in the UK – O2, Vodafone and Three – but unlocked versions will work with all UK networks. The only other retailer stocking the original Duo in the UK was Amazon, so there’s a chance we’ll see the Duo 2 also become available there at some point.
In the US, here’s where you can buy the Surface Duo 2 right now:
The device isn’t currently available via B&H Photo Video, although it did sell the original Duo. There’s a chance we’ll see the Duo 2 on sale here at a later date.
No US carriers for the Duo 2 have been confirmed yet, although the following stocked the first-gen model:
- AT&T – “currently, we have not been provided with information as to if AT&T will be carrying the device on our network” (according to forum post)
While you can’t buy the device on contract yet, unlocked versions will work with all of the above. The only features you’ll miss out on via Verizon is Wi-Fi calling and visual voicemail, according to a post on Reddit.
How much did the Surface Duo 2 cost at launch?
Despite the upgrades, the Duo 2 is priced similarly to its predecessor. The £1,349/$1,499 starting price is identical in the UK, but $100 more expensive in the US. Here’s the full breakdown:
- 8GB RAM, 128GB storage – £1,349/$1,499.99
- 8GB RAM, 256GB storage – £1,429/$1,599.99
- 8GB RAM, 512GB storage – £1,589/$1,799.99 (only available in black and from the Microsoft Store)
When did the Surface Duo 2 go on sale?
The Surface Duo 2 was officially announced at Microsoft’s Surface event on 22 September, and went on sale on 21 October. However, it’s only currently on sale in the UK, US, France, Germany, Australia and Canada.
It’s not clear if Microsoft is planning an expanded release at some point. The original Duo eventually went on sale in nine other European countries, including Ireland, Italy and The Netherlands.
For more offers like this, check out our guide to the best Microsoft Surface deals.