Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 vs Microsoft Surface Duo 2 – the best foldable
Microsoft just unveiled the Surface Duo 2, and unless Google surprises next month, we’ve now seen all the foldable devices for this year. While there are other players in this niche category, such as Royole, Huawei and Xiaomi, the two biggest names that have surfaced this year are the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Surface Duo 2. Unsurprisingly, there are will have comparisons between the two, and we look at the most important aspects of these two in order to give this verdict.
This year, Microsoft has finally caught up with the present and equipped the Surface Duo 2 with contemporary hardware. Generally speaking, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Surface Duo 2 have more or less high-end specs, led by the same Snapdragon 888. Apart from the displays, which we’ll get to later, there are also a few key differences that buyers will see. undecided must consider.
The 8GB of RAM the Surface Duo 2 has is sufficient for most common use cases, including light multitasking. However, the device’s dual-screen design encourages even more simultaneous use of apps where the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s 12GB of RAM (plus the 3GB expansion of a RAM Plus update) can do. a huge difference. Conversely, the slightly larger 4,500 mAh battery of the Surface Duo 2 promises a little longer availability than that of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and its downgraded 4,400 mAh pack.
One of the most criticized aspects of Samsung’s 2021 foldable is its camera system, especially the skinny 4MP sub-panel sensor inside. At least on paper, the Surface Duo 2’s upgrades tick the right boxes, including the larger 12MP selfie camera. In practice, however, Samsung has had years to hone its camera experience, even though this is only Microsoft’s second rodeo (outside of the Nokia Lumia line).
There might also be a few words to say about the styluses of these two competing foldables, neither of which have slots inside the device. Samsung’s partnership with Wacom has allowed it to perfect the user experience, but it’s true that it uses something completely new with the Galaxy Z Fold 3. The Surface Duo 2’s digitizer is more traditional, but there will be always those who will find the N-Trig technology, which Microsoft now has, to be less reliable anyway.
Show the differences
Strictly speaking, the Surface Duo 2 isn’t exactly considered a foldable device, except under Microsoft’s definition of “foldable dual screen”. The difference here between Microsoft and Samsung isn’t just cosmetic, but actually defines the device and determines its primary use cases.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 has a single 7.6-inch foldable main screen inside that allows for more traditional app experiences, except with new windowing and split-screen capabilities only possible with a larger screen. When it folds, however, the device’s form factor, not to mention the secondary Cover Display on the outside, is a reminder that it’s still a smartphone by nature.
In contrast, the Surface Duo 2 adopts two 5.8-inch displays which, for all intents and purposes, work separately and are only linked by software. This forces Microsoft and the developers to make some changes to avoid breaking the user experience beyond the physical divide. Samsung, on the other hand, takes that burden so that developers don’t have to design their apps specifically for the Galaxy Z Fold 3. The Surface Duo 2’s aspect ratio and size also make it less phone-like than it does. a book using screens. instead of paper.
The different design choices the two companies have made also have implications for digital pen lovers. While the Galaxy Z Fold 3 offers a seamless canvas, its smoother surface and crease in the middle can easily put artists off. The Surface Duo 2, however, uses more traditional displays and scanners, offering more confidence and reliability at the cost of a smaller drawing space.
While advertised for mainstream consumers, both foldables are clearly aimed at power users, and their user experiences are designed around them. Both have prominent multitasking capabilities, but Samsung has had years to work on its version. Unlike the predominantly dual-screen format of the Surface Duo 2, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 can support up to five apps running simultaneously, including windowed apps.
Even all things being equal, however, there might be one aspect where Microsoft does not yet inspire so much confidence. Samsung has signed the Galaxy Z Fold 3 for at least three years of Android updates and four years of security updates, while Microsoft has committed to just three years of updates for the Surface Duo 2. Being a newcomer to the Android smartphone race, Microsoft has yet to prove its ability to deliver on this commitment, while Samsung is holding out better and better in this regard.
Both foldable by name, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Surface Duo 2 serve different purposes and slightly different target markets. The Surface Duo 2 seems to be aimed at business-conscious mobile users who need a Microsoft Office device in their pockets. The Galaxy Z Fold 3, on the other hand, is clearly designed for users who want the ability to switch between smartphone and tablet experiences on the fly. Of course, both devices have the hardware to support the same sets of apps and use cases, but their form factors place some limits on that.
Price is also a big factor, with the Surface Duo 2 seeming more accessible with its $ 1,500 price tag compared to the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s $ 1,800. That said, you also get more for what you pay for, with the Samsung’s foldable having two 120 Hz screens, five cameras and more RAM.
It would be nice if we didn’t need to make a choice between a sturdy dual screen display and a pleated flexible display that can only bend one way, but we are a long way from having the technology to combine the two. In terms of literal flexibility of its hinge, better camera hardware, and more affordable price tag, the Microsoft Surface Duo 2 seems to be taking the lead. Samsung, however, has the advantage of foresight, flexibility in use cases, and reliable software updates that make the Galaxy Z Fold 3 the foldable phone to beat this year, assuming you have. money to spend on one in the first place.