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Microsoft gives the Surface Duo another shot with the Surface Duo 2 leaking in live photos

A purported live image of the Surface Duo 2. (Image: Tech Rat)
A purported live image of the Surface Duo 2. (Image: Tech Rat)
Microsoft’s Surface Duo 2 dual-screen smartphone has seemingly leaked in live photos. The most apparent change to the design is the addition of a large camera bump in a move that looks to quell a key criticism of the original model.
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The Microsoft Surface Duo was first unveiled in late 2019 on the back of rumors about a special Surface Phone the company was developing. While it wowed at launch with its ultra-thin dual-display design it has been a critical and commercial flop. By the time it hit the market in 2020, it was running the previous year’s flagship Snapdragon 855 instead of the 865, was plagued with software bugs and had an underwhelming camera by contemporary standards.

Despite all of this, Microsoft's concept for the Surface Duo as a productivity focused device has much potential and it has been rumored to be working on a sequel. New still photos leaked by YouTuber Tech Rat shows what appears to be the Surface Duo 2. The most notable change is the addition of a rather large camera bump on the rear of the device that is said to now house a wide-angle, an ultra wide-angle and a telephoto camera. Other minor changes include moving the fingerprint reader into the power button and a centered USB-C port on the right-hand side of the device. 

In terms of internal changes, rumors suggest Microsoft will include Qualcomm’s current Snapdragon 888 SoC, 5G support and NFC to support contactless payments. While these are positive signs, the biggest criticism of the Surface Duo ultimately centered around its software, which remains stuck on Android 10. Hopefully, when the Surface Duo 2 eventually launches, it will be a much more polished device than the original. Otherwise, it could be the end of Microsoft’s phone efforts for good.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1296 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2021-07-27 (Update: 2021-07-27)