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Wild Microsoft Surface Duo appears on a Vancouver SkyTrain passenger

Spotting the Surface Duo this early in the wild could mean the device might get launched sooner than expected. (Image Source: Israel Rodriguez)
Spotting the Surface Duo this early in the wild could mean the device might get launched sooner than expected. (Image Source: Israel Rodriguez)
The Surface Duo spotted in the wild appears to be a pre-production sample that is tested by Microsoft employees. Unlike the model showcased last October, this one comes with a LED flash on the front and appears to be slightly slimmer, as well. Unfortunately, this could mean that there will be no rear cameras.
Bogdan Solca,

Flexible displays have not exactly made a great first impression last year with Samsung’s Galaxy Fold debacle, but, as the technology matures, we are likely to see more companies trying their hand at foldable devices. Before experimenting with flexible displays, though, Microsoft intends to release a device that combines 2 separate displays that can act as one with the upcoming Surface Duo phablet, and see if there is meat on the bone for this type of devices in the mobile market. The Surface Duo was announced last fall and is expected to launch in the second half of 2020. However, the device appears to have been spotted on a Microsoft employee riding the Vancouver SkyTrain, so it might actually launch sooner than expected.

What we see in the picture snapped by Twiiter user @yzraeu (Israel Rodriguez) is most likely a pre-production model that is now seeded to select Microsoft employees in order to test out features. The interesting thing about this particular model is that it looks a bit thinner than the one showcased in the promotional video, plus it also features a frontal LED flash that was not there before. This suggests that the Surface Duo may not integrate any rear camera setups at all.

It is true that we already have selfie cams sporting 32 MP sensors, but we cannot be entirely certain that Microsoft is to include anything like this, which means that the Surface Duo might unfortunately not focus too much on imaging features. Then again, we cannot really see the back of the test sample and Microsoft could surprise us with at least one camera on the back. Rodriguez claims he has more pics and even videos of the Surface Duo in the wild, maybe he can shed some more light?

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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1753 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2020-02- 7 (Update: 2020-02- 7)