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Microsoft's Surface Duo camera image quality revealed

The Surface Dup handheld is expected to launch towards the end of 2020. (Image Source: The Verge)
The Surface Dup handheld is expected to launch towards the end of 2020. (Image Source: The Verge)
Keeping in mind that the image uploaded to Instagram is actually a low resolution sample with compression already applied to it, the quality is not bad at all. Then again, maybe this device is not even supposed to have Huawei P40 Pro image quality and should only be appreciated for its dual-hinge-screen design.

Even though folding displays for smartphones are a thing now, Microsoft is not ready to adopt this technology just yet. As a viable alternative, Microsoft is betting on dual-hinged displays like the ones that will be featured on the upcoming Surface Duo handheld. Unlike the usual smartphone designs that come with selfie cams and rear cam setups, the Surface Duo is supposed to only integrate a selfie cam that will act as the main camera when the dual display is folded outward. Some were concerned that Microsoft might decide to integrate a lower quality sensor for this camera, but that does not really seem the case based on what Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay recently revealed in an Instagram photo.

Panay snapped a pic of his son studying at home, so the lighting might not be ideal. Furthermore, Instagram does not present the full resolution picture and applies some compression algorithms. All that aside, the dynamic range seems decent and we should keep in mind that this is not coming from a finalized product.

A decent camera could go a long way, no doubt, but even if it does not turn out to be that good, people would still buy the Surface Dup for its dual-screen implementation for increased productivity, plus this would be Microsoft’s first Android-based device with features specifically designed for dual-screen usage, so it will be interesting to see how Microsoft can tune Android for its own purposes.

Surface Duo camera quality test (Source: Instagram)
Surface Duo camera quality test (Source: Instagram)
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Bogdan Solca, 2020-04- 8 (Update: 2020-04- 8)