Microsoft's Surface Duo 2 recently launched, but not with much fanfare. As we pointed out, software glitches seemed to have plagued the device once again along with other issues. Yet even with that so, it turns out that the Duo 2 could be the new performance king of Android devices, at least on Geekbench (via Gizmochina.)
According to the Geekbench Android Benchmark listings, the Surface Duo 2 sits atop of the benchmark tests with a Single-Core score of 1,051, and a Multi-Core score of 3,317. That's ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G's second-place 966 Single-Core score, and the 3,235 Multi-Core score of the ASUS ROG Phone 3. We included a screenshot of all the other top 5 results as of October 28 for you below.
Geekbench testing is a bit synthetic, as it runs simulated situations and strains on the CPU and GPU, so the results do not always equate to actual performance. However, considering that the Duo 2 is equipped with a Snapdragon 888 processor, and 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM, the results are not too surprising. The Galaxy S21+ 5G is using the very same processor, and the Asus ROG Phone 3 the Snapdragon 865+ so this does show the power of the Duo 2.
It is important to note, though, that several other phones with the Snapdragon 888 are missing from the list. That includes the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3. Even phones with the newer Snapdragon 888 Plus are missing, including the Asus ROG Phone 5S Pro, so the Duo 2's top spot might not last too long.
Our own Dave W. Shanahan recently purchased a Surface Duo 2. In his first impressions, he mentioned that the hardware was better than ever, but the software still felt unpolished. He experienced issues with taking pictures, the Glance bar, even after the latest stability update. Be sure to keep tuned to OnMSFT for more, as we'll have a full Surface Duo 2 review in the coming weeks.