Microsoft is expected to announce a sequel to its dual-screened smartphone, with the Surface Duo 2 likely to be headline act for the upcoming Surface Event.
The original Surface Duo is an unusual phone consisting of a large dual-screen, making it a niche but very interesting device. And now there are a couple of signs that Microsoft is working on the Surface Duo 2 with boosted specs.
Keep scrolling to find out everything we know about the Surface Duo 2, and be sure to keep this page bookmarked if you want to stay in the loop, as we’ll be posting new updates as the information becomes available.
While we don’t have any conclusive information on the release date yet, it’s highly likely that Microsoft will announce the new phone during its upcoming event on 22 September.
Again, we don’t have a lot to go off when talking about how much the Surface Duo 2 will cost, but we can look at how much the first Surface Duo cost as a rough guide.
The Surface Duo started at £1350/$1399, and the price was something that gained it a lot of criticism. Since larger display phones are usually more expensive, as Samsung’s foldables also are, we expect it will cost around the same amount as the original.
The previous criticism of the price might be an incentive for Microsoft to keep costs down, however. Here’s hoping anyway!
Design and screen
The design was expected to stay about the same as the first Surface Duo, and the leaked images show a similar setup, with two separate screens that fold together via a hinge in the middle.
There is also a bump on the bottom of the device, in a similar style as many other Android phones. There seems to be a fingerprint sensor on the power button too, alongside the USB-C charging port on the right-hand side of the phone.
The first Duo had a display size of 5.6-inches for both screens with a 4:3 aspect ratio. When combined, it created an 8.1-inch tablet with a 3:2 aspect ratio. While there aren’t any confirmed numbers, we’d expect the Duo 2 to have a slightly bigger screen – as is the trend with newer phones – and a smaller screen bezel.
We think that there won’t be that many changes to the screens or general design of the Surface Duo 2 and that most of the updates and alterations will be spec related.
Specs and camera
A Geekbench benchmark listing for the new phone also indicates that the Duo 2’s operating system will be Android 11, with 8GB of RAM. The listing also mentions the Snapdragon 888 processor, which means the phone could have the same capabilities as the Samsung Galaxy S21.
The leaked photos also show us what the cameras could look like. There looks to be a main, ultra-wide and telephoto lenses, which wouldn’t be too shocking as that’s the standard setup for a triple-lens camera.
Looking a little deeper, Microsoft had a job listing that mentioned improvements surrounding cameras and machine learning AI in relation to some upcoming Android-powered Surface devices.
If Microsoft is to follow in the footsteps of many other phones and feature AI to optimise photos, it could result in a more impressive camera from the Surface Duo 2, though it’s not totally clear if this listing applies to the new phone.
That’s all the information we have right now on Microsoft’s Surface Duo 2, but be sure to check back for more updates on the latest dual-screen smartphone ahead of next week’s Surface event.