Microsoft announced last year that it would return to the mobile segment. For this, Microsoft would use Android for the first time. Surface Duo specs have been leaked, including an older chipset, missing NFC support, and a small battery.
Microsoft Surface Duo
At the end of 2019, Microsoft announced its return to the mobile segment. Windows Mobile never succeeded, partly due to the low app offer in the Microsoft Store. Instead of reinventing the wheel yourself, this time Microsoft is taking the step towards the Android platform. Earlier this year, the company announced that apps had to be adapted to work on the Surface Duo; for example, the company is working with the Maps team to run this navigation app on the Surface Duo. Furthermore, Chrome on Android will receive support for the separate screens.
Microsoft launches a unique (folding) concept with its Surface Duo
Outside of software details of the Microsoft Surface Duo, it dropped the specs of the flip phone. Almost all details of the upcoming phone have been leaked via Windows Central. At the time of the introduction, Microsoft announced that the Surface Duo contains two 5.6-inch screens with a 4: 3 ratio. According to the leaked specifications of Windows Central, these are AMOLED screens with a resolution of 1,800 x 1,350 pixels. Since it is an AMOLED panel, there is a chance that the existing fingerprint scanner will be placed on the screen.
No surprising details on the screen, but that would be different for the internal specifications. After all, the software giant has chosen to use the Snapdragon 855 chipset, not the (new) Snapdragon 865 chipset. Microsoft would have made this choice because the Surface Duo does not offer room for the placement of a standalone 5G modem, a requirement when using the Snapdragon 865 chipset. Therefore, there will be no 5G support on the Surface Duo. Also not included is support for Near Field Communication (NFC) for wireless payments.
Microsoft uses a magnesium alloy for the surface of the Surface Duo
For storage memory, Microsoft would think of two variants: one with 64 GB storage memory and in addition a model with 256 GB storage memory. In both cases, the Duo contains 6 GB of RAM. Finally, the tablet contains a 3,460 mAh battery, which must be charged via the Surface Duo USB-C port. Whether support for fast charging will be available is unknown. In any case, wireless charging will not be a party, which is caused by the use of a magnesium alloy. Microsoft deploys the material on almost all Surface devices.
Microsoft announced the Surface Duo at the October Surface event. About the launch of the folding phone, it has remained silent ever since. Windows Central says Microsoft is very busy preparing all Microsoft apps for the Surface Duo launch. June would be the finish line for Microsoft software development. Microsoft may launch the phone before the planned end date; after all, it was just before the end of 2020. Are you planning to purchase the Surface Duo? Let us know in the comments at the bottom of the article.