Microsoft Surface Duo 3 scrapped with other foldable and non-foldable Surface smartphones now in development
Zac Bowden claims to have received information about the state of Microsoft's Surface Duo series. To date, the company has released two models. However, Microsoft has not released any new Surface Duo-branded devices since September 2021. As such, Microsoft continues to sell a Snapdragon 888-powered device as its flagship Android offering, often at full price. According to Bowden, it seems unlikely that Microsoft will release a Surface Duo 3 this year, either.
Purportedly, Microsoft had finalised a dual-screen successor to the Surface Duo 2, dubbed the Surface Duo 3. Bowden claims that the Surface Duo 3 had slimmer bezels and a narrower form factor, as well as wireless charging and other quality-of-life refinements. Microsoft has now 'decided to pivot' the Surface Duo series away from a split-screen form factor though, with the Surface Duo 3 cancelled in favour of a 'true foldable' smartphone. Reputedly, the next Surface Duo will have a 180-degree hinge and a cover display. In other words, the next Surface Duo will look more like a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 or an Oppo Find N2 than the Surface Duo 2.
Bowden adds that the next Surface Duo has 'no concrete shipping window' yet. The Surface Duo series may even gain a conventional single-screen edition; Microsoft has not released a candybar smartphone since February 2016, when it announced the Lumia 650. The company had prototyped the Lumia 960 though, photos of which leaked in 2017. In short, industry sources claim that Microsoft has thrown the Surface Duo series into a state of flux with no obvious Surface Duo 2 successor in sight.