New Surface Leak Reveals Microsoft’s Powerful Upgrade – Forbes

Microsoft’s Surface Duo took a fascinating form factor and brought it to market; the dual-=screened Android-powered portable device was a unique smartphone in a sea of glass slabs. Technologically wonderful, it fell short in key specifications. That’s set to change.

The latest details have been found on the ever-reliable Geekbench online benchmarking tool. Mayank Parmar reports:

“A Geekbench listing spotted online earlier today details specs for a Microsoft Surface Duo 2 with the model number “surfaceduo2”. The listing confirms the rumoured Snapdragon 888 chipset (found in flagships launched in 2021) along with 8GB of RAM and Android 11. This also suggests that the second-gen hardware will be significantly faster.”

This is an important step for the Surface Duo brand. The first Duo shipped with a SnapDragon 855 system on chip. It was seen as a step below the current trend when the Duo was announced in October 2019, and come the September 2020 retail release it was very much yesterday’s chip.

Alongside the long period between reveal and release, the innovative nature of the design, and the need to see software reworked to make best use of the two screens the Surface Duo is arguably more a bleeding edge prototype that went on sale, rather than a product designed for the mainstream.

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That doesn’t look to be the case with the Surface Duo 2. The SnapDragon 888 takes care of the questions over the power of the device and should help in smoothing out the transitions between modes, the sluggish UX, and improve the performance of third-party apps.

The other area that has been widely discussed in the last month is the camera. Again looking back to the first Surface Duo, the single 11 megapixel camera that acted both as the webcam and the main camera depending on the orientation felt more like a ‘this platform can have a camera, let’s test it with this off-the-shelf part’. It did the job but it wasn’t something that stood out.

Again, that doesn’t look to be the case with the Surface Duo 2. While the clean flat surfaces of the first Duo will need to be sacrificed, the current leaked images and renders all point to a large ‘camera island’ that echoes the current flagship smartphones, allowing multiple lenses to be fitted in a space with more volume.

The Surface Duo is ready to get to work.

Now read about the radical feature set to debut in the next Surface Book…

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