Microsoft announced last year that the Surface Duo will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. At the time, the company didn’t share us enough details. Although the Snapdragon 855 is older and slower than the current Snapdragon 865, it is still a capable SoC, that could handle any mobile computing tasks. Apparently, the Surface Duo will also have 6GB of RAM, which is enough for decent multitasking performance. There could be various storage options, starting from 64GB to 256GB. The device should sport a couple of 5.6-inch display with 1800 x 1350 screen resolution. Unfortunately, the upcoming Surface Duo won’t support 5G connectivity. Another report told us that those two panels will be based on AMOLED technology. With pixel density of 401, the display should look crisp and legible when users are working with spreadsheet. Compatible with the Surface Pen, the Surface Duo should be an ideal device for any business professional.
Coming to the photography feature, the foldable device will only have a 11Mp camera located above the right display. Depending on how you hold the Surface Duo, it could work as rear-facing or selfie camera. This doesn’t seem too exciting, because it is fairly common to have multiple sensors on a single device today. However, we could be certain that Microsoft should make the most of the single camera. Specifically, the camera could be optimized with software implementations to improve the photography quality. The Surface Duo could also have USB-C for fast charging capability and a 3460mAh battery. However, it doesn’t seem that NFC and wireless charging will be included by the device. With its flagship-level design and fairly powerful hardware, the Surface Duo could be exorbitantly priced, it could be appeal to a certain group of individuals.
When opened, the Microsoft Surface Duo should be about 4.8mm thick and 9.6mm when shut. The device could include Android 10 OS and it could be upgradeable to Android 11 later. For biometric authentication, the fingerprint scanner should be available. One of the more interesting features is the ability to drag and drop icons or apps between the two screens. This should make the user experience feel more seamless. Microsoft will need to customize the Android 10, so it integrates better with the dual-display design. This could mean that there will be a bit of delay for the Android 11 update and implementation. At the moment, it seems that certain Microsoft employees are performing at-home testing to find out whether the device would work well for regular home usages. It is reported that the Microsoft Surface Duo is on track for a 2020 launch and it could be available even before the holiday season. Unfortunately, another device, the dual-screen Surface Neo with Windows 10 operating system is still put on hold. This device is designed as a low-cost Windows 10 solution for cloud-based platform, similar to the Google Chromebook. For the time being, we will need to wait for the upcoming Microsoft Surface Duo and hopefully, it will become an interesting device for everyone.