After many rumors and several months of ridicule (mainly from Microsoft itself), the Surface Duo was finally sold in September 2020. That initial launch was limited to the United States, but the device came to Europe.
U Surface Duo it’s a first-generation foldable phone, but the lack of software optimization and some specifications date back to the past. However, there is a lot of excitement for a potential successor.
Rumors suggest that Microsoft has been working on it for some time, and the Surface Duo 2 could even arrive by September. Here’s everything you need to know.
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Release Date
The first rumor as to the release date of Surface Duo 2 has come Windows Latest, which suggests it will be launched in the fall (fall) of this year. Author Mayank Parmar cites ‘sources familiar with the development’, suggesting that the Duo 2 has been in development since the second half of 2020.
A subsequent report comes from Zac Bowden at Windows Central, usually a reliable source of Surface news. It says “Microsoft hopes to ship Surface Duo 2 this fall (fall),” suggesting a potential launch in September or October 2021.
It would be surprising to see a new Duo so soon, making it more likely to be a spec bump than a concept review. Microsoft may also choose to stagger the release date of the Duo 2 between countries, as it did with the original model. This device went on sale on September 10, 2020 in the United States, before coming to the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Canada on February 18, 2021.
The Microsoft Surface Duo 2 price
Our best price indicator comes from the current one Surface Duo cost per launch:
- 128 GB storage – £ 1,349 / US $ 1,399.99
- 256GB Storage – £ 1,449 / US $ 1,499.99
The 128GB model was subsequently discounted to $ 999 in the United States, but came only five months after its initial release. Expect the Duo 2 to start at a similar price, especially since the folding technology is still relatively expensive.
Noises from Microsoft Surface Duo 2
Despite being several months before its expected release, we already have a couple of concrete rumors regarding Surface Duo 2.
Zac Bowden of Windows Central is our key source of information, revealing some key details about the device in a recent post. article. He suggests that Microsoft abandon the “not a phone” brand from the original Duo and focus on making a great smartphone. This is supposed to include the latest specifications, much improved cameras and NFC support.
Bowden also says that the Duo 2 will ship with Android 11, but hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for a Android 12 update. The first-generation Duo didn’t even get Android 11, despite launching at the same time as Google’s operating system.
Elsewhere, Bowden says those specifications will include the latest flagship processor. It is currently the Snapdragon 888, which also carries 5G support.
Another Latest Windows article suggests that the camera will be a big focus on the second generation device. This is based on Microsoft to-do list for a ‘Principal Android Camera System Architect / Engineer – Surface Development’. Given that the Duo is the only Surface device currently running Android, all signs indicate that Microsoft is investing heavily in next-generation camera technology.
The same Latest Windows article which revealed a potential release window also suggests that Microsoft places “special emphasis” on the software experience. This is likely to include a more intuitive camera app. It is also said that Microsoft is directly contributing to the development of Android, which could make for a better software experience on the Duo 2. According to Windows Central, this includes working with Google’s ‘Flutter 2’ user interface framework to make it easier for developers to optimize their apps for the Duo.
Windows Latest has also uncovered some listings of uses that suggest that Surface Duo 2 will be shipped with 5G. One of a handful of openings recently posted on the Microsoft Careers site, the role of a Software / Tool Engineer in Taiwan he cites “5G technology”. The work was put out in September 2020, suggesting that Microsoft has been working on 5G for the Duo for a while.
Yet another Latest Windows article refers to a patent that could lead to major improvements in folding technology on the next Duo. Known as a “mobile display,” it could allow the screen to fold while placing very little internal voltage on the display.
Author Mayank Parmar acknowledges that this technology is highly unlikely to arrive on a Surface Duo 2021, but concludes the article by saying that the next-generation device could have a faster Snapdragon processor and NFC support.
German technology site WindowsUnit is now entering into the act, having discovered one Microsoft patent for an “impact-resistant hinge.” The associated diagrams represent a dual-screen device similar to the Surface Duo, suggesting that the improved hardware could reach the second-generation model:
The patent goes on to say that it will be made from a durable material such as rubber or silicone. If the body of the device comes in contact with the bumpers, they are supposed to absorb “part or all of the energy from impact,” protecting the most fragile glass.
Wish list Microsoft Surface Duo 2
With relatively meager rumors on the ground at the moment, we’ve put together a list of things we’d love to see on the Surface Duo 2. The Duo is definitely a first-generation device, so there are plenty of potential areas for improvement:
- The last processor – Between the announcement and the release of the Duo, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 chipset has been launched. That meant the Duo will run the 2018 Snapdragon 855, so we’d love to see Microsoft take steps to avoid a repeat scenario.
- 5G support – At first, the 865 required a separate 5G chip that Microsoft had not considered in designing the Duo. Having 5G support over its successor is a must
- Thinner bezels – The Duo is undoubtedly an engineering fact, but the screens themselves still have a design we saw five years ago. There would be plenty of room for Microsoft to include powerful cameras and also increase the screen-to-body ratio
- Multiple camera lenses – Speaking of cameras, the Duo has a single 11Mp sensor, which can be used for rear shots and selfie depending on how you use the device. Adding another lens, whether an ultrawide or front-facing camera, would add a lot to the camera experience.
- NFC support – There were a few common smartphone features missing on the Duo, but the lack of NFC is probably the hardest to forgive. Not having the ability to use Google Pay is hard to ignore, so it should be a priority for the next Duo
- Larger battery – Even though the Duo has a battery in every screen, the total capacity is still only 3577mAh. With a number of smartphones now having 5000mAh batteries, I could really do with an update to the Duo 2
- Reduce the price – While this might be difficult considering the updates here, it would be nice to see Microsoft make the Duo more accessible. Currently, most people cannot afford to spend £ 1,349 or more on such a device.
We will update this article when more information emerges about the Surface Duo 2. In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about the original Surface Duo.