Microsoft’s next Surface Duo phone could arrive this fall

Microsoft’s authentic Surface Duo was… problematic, to place it mildly, however the firm seems bent on making amends in 2021. Windows Central sources declare a Surface Duo 2 (or no matter it might be known as) may have a launch date this fall, presumably in September or October.

The Surface Duo 2 may additionally characterize a sorely-needed improve to efficiency. The tipsters stated the dual-screen phone will tout the “latest flagship SoC” for 2021, suggesting it should leap from the ageing Snapdragon 855 (already out of date by the Duo’s 2020 launch) to a a lot sooner Snapdragon 888. You could appropriately count on 5G, and the leak additionally hints at NFC assist for tap-to-pay options.

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You’d additionally get a much-improved digicam system. Instead of the lone 11MP digicam from earlier than, the Surface Duo 2 would come with an exterior digicam array (full with bump) to take improved pictures.

The fundamental Surface Duo design will reportedly carry over to the Duo 2 with a number of tweaks. You’d see “slightly bigger” screens within the same aspect ratio, however with rounded corners and thinner bezels. It ought to look extra like a contemporary phone as a substitute of a holdover from 2019, in different phrases. The normal form and dimension would stay the identical, although, so don’t count on this to be any extra pocketable if the leak is correct.

Some questions stay, nonetheless, together with the worth. The first Surface Duo price $1,399 when new, making it a really tough promote until you had been closely invested within the Microsoft ecosystem and keen to place up with the phone’s many early glitches. The Surface Duo 2 could face comparable challenges if it prices an identical quantity, even when the specs are rather more aggressive. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is arguably a greater purchase than the Duo due to its extra highly effective internals, dependable software program and cleverer foldable show, and it’d nonetheless characterize a wiser buy if the Duo’s sequel stays costly.

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