Microsoft is definitely, maybe planning to release a Surface Duo 2 with 5G this year

Microsoft is definitely, maybe planning to release a Surface Duo 2 with 5G this year
Given the novel form factor, groundbreaking design, undoubtedly challenging production, and last but not least, the moderate critical reception of the first-gen Surface Duo, the 2021 release of a vastly improved sequel was not exactly guaranteed right off the bat.

After all, it took Microsoft an entire year to bring the dual-screen mobile device to market following an October 2019 announcement, which makes it impossible to predict how much time the company might need to refine the visionary design, expand the software experience, and upgrade the hardware specifications... without hiking an already extravagant price. 

For what it's worth, we've always suspected that the Redmond-based tech giant essentially started working on just such a product right after commercially releasing its rookie foldable Android handset. Said guesswork gained quite a bit of credibility a few weeks back, and now a generally well-connected publication claims to have received intel from "sources familiar with the development" of the Surface Duo 2 hinting at a launch by the end of the year.

Yes, this year, which obviously makes sense given how many top smartphone brands are expected to unveil new, improved, and potentially affordable foldables throughout 2021 as well. Of course, Microsoft's plans could always change (and they very often do when it comes to experimental hardware of this sort), but at least for the time being, the Surface Duo 2 is reportedly on track for an official debut at some point during the fall of 2021.

Unfortunately, the latest report on the second-gen Surface Duo is extremely light on specifics (and specifications), merely "revealing" that Microsoft wants to put "special emphasis" on "fixing and improving" the underwhelming software of the original model.

That's hardly surprising to hear, and the same goes for the faster processor, 5G connectivity, and "improved" camera vaguely tipped at the moment as a few of the most important Surface Duo 2 upgrades in the pipeline.

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Surface Duo
  • Display 8.1 inches 2700 x 1800 pixels
  • Camera 11 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3577 mAh
  • OS Android 10

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