Are you contemplating buying a foldable smartphone developed by Microsoft Corporation or Samsung Electronics? Microsoft Surface Duo 2 and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 are two high-end smartphones you may like. They have classic looks, folding screens, and run on Android OS.
Surface Duo 2 is about $340 costlier than Galaxy Z Fold4. Despite their price difference, Galaxy Z Fold4 could be a better option for a few features. Read on to discover these features and which of these mobile devices is worth its cost.
About Microsoft Surface Duo 2 and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 is a foldable smartphone manufactured by Microsoft Corporation. It is Android-based with dual touchscreens that function as two different devices. Surface Duo 2 is available in two colors only: Glacier and obsidian.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 is also a foldable Android-based smartphone but its touchscreens fold as one, unlike the Microsoft Surface Duo 2. It is a product of Samsung Electronics available in beige, graygreen, burgundy, and phantom black.
Both smartphones have a few features in common, such as a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and style support. They run on Android Operating System (OS) and their screens are foldable.
Specifications – Microsoft Surface Duo 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4
The table below compares Microsoft Surface Duo 2 with Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 based on their specifications:
|Microsoft Surface Duo 2||Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4|
|Announcement And Release Dates||Unveiled on September 22, 2021, and released on October 21, 2021||Announced on August 10, 2022, and released on August 25, 2022|
|Price||Costs at least $1,598||Starts at $1,250|
|RAM/ROM Options||8GB RAM/128GB, 8GB RAM/256GB, 8GB RAM/512GB||12GB RAM/256GB, 12GB RAM/512GB, 12GB RAM/1TB|
|Android OS Version||Android 11||Comes pre-installed with Android 12L and upgradable to Android 13|
|Dimensions||Folded: 145.2 x 92.1 x 11 mm Unfolded: 184.5 x 145.2 x 5.5 mm||Folded: 155.1 x 67.1 x 14.2-15.8 mm Unfolded: 155.1 x 130.1 x 6.3 mm|
|Weight||284 grams||263 grams|
|Screen type and display resolution||AMOLED, 90Hz, 8.3″, 1892 x 2688 pixels with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection. Folded screen: AMOLED, 5.8″, 1344 x 1892 pixels||Foldable Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, 7.6″, 1812 x 2176 pixels. Cover display: Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, 6.2”, 904 x 2316 pixels with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+ protection|
|Battery type and capacity||Non-removable, Li-Po 4449 mAh||Non-removable, Li-Po 4400 mAh|
|CPU||Octa-core processor (1×2.84 GHz Cortex-X1 & 3×2.42 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A55)||Octa-core processor (1×3.19 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3×2.75 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A510)|
|GPU||Adreno 660||Adreno 730|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm)||Qualcomm SM8475 Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (4 nm)|
|Rear camera||12 MP, f/1.7, 27mm (wide), 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS + 12 MP, f/2.4, 51mm (telephoto), 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom + 16 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1.0µm TOF 3D, (depth)||50 MP, f/1.8, 23mm (wide), 1.0µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS + 10 MP, f/2.4, 66mm (telephoto), 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom + 12 MP, f/2.2, 123˚, 12mm (ultrawide), 1.12µm|
|Selfie camera||12 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide), 1.0µm||4 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 2.0µm, under display. Cover camera: 10 MP, f/2.2, 24mm (wide), 1/3″, 1.22µm|
|SIM||Single SIM support (Nano-SIM and eSIM)||Dual SIM support (Two Nano SIMs and eSIM)|
Pros and Cons of Microsoft Surface Duo 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4
Screen (Folded and unfolded size)
Even though the two smartphones have foldable touchscreens, Surface Duo 2 has a larger display of 8.3” when unfolded, unlike Galaxy Z Fold4, whose display is 7.6”. But when folded, the Fold4 screen is larger by 0.4”.
OS, Chipset, and Processors
Galaxy Z Fold 4 beats Microsoft Surface Duo 2 with a higher Android OS version, chipset, and GPU. Both smartphones run on an octa-core CPU but the Fold4’s processor is slightly faster.
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 has 8GB RAM, which is relatively low compared to Galaxy Z Fold4’s 12 GB RAM. While Fold4 is available in 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB options of internal storage, Surface Duo 2 comes with 128GB, 256 GB, or 512 GB ROM.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 records videos at higher resolutions than Microsoft Surface Duo 2. Its rear camera can record 8K videos at 24fps, 4K@60fps, and 1080p at 60/240fps, unlike Surface Duo 2, whose rear camera cannot record 8K videos.
Fold 4 also stands out with its front camera. It records 1080p@30/60fps and 4K@30/60fps, in contrast to Microsoft Duo 2 whose selfie camera can only record 1080p at 30fps.
In terms of battery capacity, Surface Duo 2 wins Galaxy Z Fold 4 on a slight edge. It comes with a Li-Po 4449 mAh battery, unlike the Li-Po 4400 mAh battery inside the Samsung foldable phone.
While Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 supports wireless charging, Microsoft Surface Duo 2 does not. It also has 4.5W reverse wireless charging feature, allowing you to use your phone to charge other mobile devices.
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 both have a wide range of impressive features, especially that they are foldable. However, Galaxy Z Fold4 is better due to its performance and camera attributes. It also possesses an armor aluminum frame, resistant to severe scratch and drop.
Above all, the phone is cheaper and has IPX8 rating.
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