Microsoft Surface Duo 2 discovered at the FCC with 5G, NFC, UWB and wireless charging capabilities
The Microsoft Surface Duo is an exciting take on foldable smartphones, albeit one that arrived late in most markets and with outdated hardware. Microsoft's first foldable smartphone only reached Europe this year, for example, where the company priced it at €1,549. A price that high put the Surface Duo in competition against the Galaxy Z Fold2, despite the obvious deficiencies of the former.
The Surface Duo 2 should right many of its predecessor's wrongs, as the FCC has confirmed. Spotted by My Laptop Guide and Windows Central, the listing states that the device has a 5G modem, presumably handled by the Snapdragon 888. Additionally, the Surface Duo 2 supports WiFi 6 connectivity (802.11 ax) and NFC, the latter for integration with services like Google Pay.
Moreover, the FCC has confirmed that the Surface Duo 2 possesses an ultra-wideband (UWB) chip, a technology that Apple has used to great effect with AirTags. The Surface Duo 2 will also be compatible with Qi wireless charging pads, a feature missing from the Surface Duo.
The Surface Duo 2 should debut on September 22 at Microsoft's next Surface hardware event. Rumour has it that Microsoft has equipped the handset with 8 GB of RAM too, along with a 4,400 mAh battery and 120 Hz displays.