Microsoft's Surface Duo Dual-Screen Android Smartphone Is Ready To Go
The Surface Duo, a Microsoft smartphone with two screens that can be expanded into one shared screen, is already very close to being released. Earlier this week, the Android clamshell was entered into the database of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), without which it can not go on sale, and today passed the certification of Bluetooth SIG. This means that the official launch of the device is only a few weeks away.
The Surface Duo concept was introduced last October. Inside the device is a Snapdragon 855 chip, and it works on Android with a slightly modified shell in the spirit of Windows 10X (a special version of Windows for two-screen devices). The main feature of the Duo will be two 5.6-inch screens (1350x1800), which can be expanded into a common display with a diagonal of 8.6 inches.
According to sources at the Verge, the Surface Duo and other dual-screen devices were expected to take center stage at the BUILD 2020 conference in May. However, the physical event was canceled due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The release of the Surface Neo-the first "Siamese" Windows tablet-and the Windows 10X version for "two-faced" devices has also been postponed to 2022.
Microsoft has been fueling interest in the new product over the past month. The picture with the Surface Duo in hand, for example, was posted on Twitter by the head of the Surface direction Panos Panay.
The Surface Duo is credited with fairly modest characteristics. The battery capacity will be very modest, especially for a two-screen smartphone — only 3460 mAh. The Duo will have only one camera — 11 megapixels, which will act as both the main and front-facing. Presumably, the device will also be denied an NFC chip for making contactless payments, wireless charging, and support for 5G networks.