Microsoft reveals secrets about Surface Duo, its first dual-screen Android smartphone

An internal leak exposed the features of Microsoft’s first Android smartphone. The Surface Duo, a dual-screen device, was unveiled last October. The datasheet is rather high-end, but the camera is quite basic and the battery seems undersized.

Microsoft would soon have finalized its first Android smartphone, a foldable device with two screens. According to our colleagues at Windows Central, who have sources internally, the Surface Duo is currently in the test phase in real conditions. Employees can borrow it for daily use. This means that the smartphone would be almost ready for launch.

Microsoft had already announced that the two screens will measure 5.6 inches with a definition of 1,800 x 1,350 pixels . With internal sources, we now know that the area will include a Duo processor Snapdragon 855, 6 GB of RAM and 64 or 256 gigabytes of storage. Microsoft opted for a SoC of the previous generation because Qualcomm requires aseparate 5G modem with the Snapdragon 865, which would require completely reworking the internal architecture.

A unique photosensor and a pretty tight battery

On the photo side, no quadruple or quintuple module. Microsoft has chosen a single 11 megapixel (f / 2.0) lens, integrated above the screen on the right. It will also be used for photos, selfies and videoconferencing. In terms of connectivity, the Surface Duo will have fast charging via the USB Type-C port , but not 5G , nor wireless charging or NFC . On the other hand, the 3,460 mAh battery seems a bit limited to power the two screens, even if the sources indicate that the Duo holds the day.

The device will ship with Android 10, but will soon receive an update to Android 11 . Microsoft plans to finalize the applications preinstalled on the Surface Duo by early June. Those created by the firm will manage the display on the two screens and drag and drop between two applications. Microsoft seems to anticipate a release well before the end of the year date initially planned.