Microsoft Surface Duo rumors: What we know about the dual-screen Android device

Microsoft Surface Duo rumors: What we know about the dual-screen Android device

Update, July 14 2020 (2:20AM ET): We’ve up to date the Surface Duo rumor hub with new claims of a second-generation mannequin within the works. Check it out under.

Original article, May 18 2020 (8:53AM ET): Microsoft took everybody without warning final October when it introduced the Surface Duo: a dual-screen system that runs Android. While the Surface Duo definitely resembles a cellphone in its folded state and may obtain all smartphone-like duties equivalent to making name and sending textual content messages, Microsoft doesn’t wish to label it a “cellphone.”

It’s the Redmond-based software program big’s model of a foldable, solely that it’s not a conventional foldable if you happen to evaluate it to gadgets just like the Galaxy Fold and even the Galaxy Z Flip. It certainly folds within the middle, however does so utilizing a hinge that holds its two very separate screens collectively (fairly than having a foldable display).

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It’s been some time since we heard one thing official from Microsoft concerning the Surface Duo, however of late, we’ve ourselves acquired some insider data about its launch window. We’ve additionally lately come throughout some leaked specs for the Android hybrid, together with details about its chipset, battery, and digicam. In this rumor hub, we’ll element all that we all know concerning the Surface Duo till now. Take a glance.


Microsoft Surface Duo screenshot

The design of the Surface Duo is not any thriller. Microsoft confirmed us just about the whole system again in October. The {hardware} itself may be very harking back to Surface gadgets just like the laptops and the tablets. It’s bought that sturdy Microsoft aesthetic with clear strains and that acquainted four-square Microsoft brand entrance and middle.

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Elsewhere, two particular person screens fold shut inwards like a small guide. A 360-degree hinge mechanisms joins the 2 5.6-inch shows collectively, permitting the system to be folded in varied states like most 2-in-1 laptops on the market. When folded out, the general system measures 8.3-inches horizontally. The Surface Duo can be a slim system, measuring simply 4.8mm skinny.

There’s a digicam on the highest bezel of the right-side show, subsequent to a speaker grille. However, when the system was noticed in somebody’s palms, a flash was additionally seen accompanying the one digicam. You can see that picture under.

Microsoft Surface Duo on the Vancouver SkyTrainTwitter

Microsoft says the Surface Duo will match inside your pocket, however from what we will see, that may not be potential as a result of it’s too large.

Specs and options

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Microsoft has achieved a reasonably first rate job of protecting the specs of the Surface Duo beneath wraps. When it first confirmed off the system at its Surface occasion, it was operating a Snapdragon 855 processor. Thanks to data sourced by Windows Central, we now hear that Microsoft will stick with the older era Snapdragon flagship for the ultimate Surface Duo launch.

The outlet reviews that the specs of the Surface Duo are just about cemented and that it’s in a “take-home” standing at Microsoft internally. This implies that firm staff from exterior the Surface division can request to check the system, so we presume its specs received’t change now.

According to Window Central, the Surface Duo will ship with 6GB RAM and 64GB or 256GB storage. There’s no 128GB center floor right here and even when there may be, the report fails to say it.

The digicam above the precise show is claimed to be an 11MP sensor, for each entrance and rear going through photographs. That’s possible as a result of the shows may be rotated round for entrance and rear photographs. The two 5.6-inch screens reportedly have AMOLED panels with a pixel density of 401 pixel per inch.

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Sadly, the battery measurement is reportedly capped at 3,460mAh which could not practically be sufficient to help two shows and all of the multitasking you’re anticipated to do on the system. Also, there received’t be any wi-fi charging as per Windows Central.

In phrases of connectivity, the Surface Duo is claimed to characteristic a single USB-C port and a nanoSIM slot. It’ll even be appropriate with a Surface Pen.

On the software program entrance, the Surface Duo is anticipated to run Android 10 at launch, and later get an improve to Android 11. The system can be anticipated to get the redesigned Microsoft Launcher, which comes with new rotation modes, a brand new dock, and different UI tweaks.

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It’s rumored that you just’ll be capable of increase all Microsoft apps that come pre-loaded on the system throughout the 2 shows. The system may also apparently help drag and drop skills for Microsoft apps, however not all third-party Android apps will get that performance.

We don’t know a lot else concerning the Duo’s different specs and options, but it surely may include a cool trick to allow you to peek at notifications with out totally unfolding the system. Head right here to see how that works.

Microsoft Surface Duo: Price and launch date

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There’s no phrase on how a lot the Surface Duo will value, however we do know some issues about its availability.

According to data obtained by Android Authority from a supply with information of Microsoft’s plans, the Surface Duo will launch a while in 2020. This must be excellent news since Microsoft has apparently delayed the launch of its different dual-screen system, the Surface Neo.

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Neo was additionally introduced alongside the Duo, and it was anticipated that each gadgets could possibly be delayed owing to the coronavirus scenario. However, our supply informed us that the Duo may be very a lot on schedule and can arrive later this 12 months.

As for the pricing, the Duo is certainly not going to be the quickest or strongest system on the market given its specs. It may, nevertheless, be pricey owing to its novel form-factor and software program capabilities. But it would simply be that one system that does justice to the dual-screen class in any case.

Like the thought of a Surface Duo however hoping for one thing extra spectacular? Well, Android Central reported in July that Microsoft was engaged on a second-generation mannequin. There’s no phrase on options simply but, however hopefully it brings loads extra to the desk (equivalent to a brand new flagship chipset).

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