Microsoft to launch Android smartphone Surface Duo: Here's what to expect

Microsoft’s Surface Duo will ship with Android 10

Both the screens of the Microsoft Surface Duo will be identical.

Beyond the camera, the phone will pack a Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB of RAM, and storage options of either 64GB or 256GB.

Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment. That's disappointing because I got nearly seven and a half hours on the previous model, and because Microsoft touted battery gains with this update.

Microsoft will launch the Surface Duo in fall this year. The device has a Single Rear Camera Setup featuring an 11MP camera with an aperture of f/2.0 with a 1.12um pixel size.

According to Windows Central, the display of the Microsoft Surface Duo will deploy AMOLED panels and have a pixel density of 401. It will be possible to use a different app on each screen, and move elements between them, but also that the apps take advantage of the space on the two screens.

Apart from this, the report mentions that Surface Duo won't bring along NFC, wireless charging, and more to the table.

The device will reportedly run on Android 10 initially, but the report says it'll receive an update for Android 11 fairly quickly. Microsoft is aiming to finalize the apps that will be preinstalled on Surface Duo by early June, and create a factory OS image that will ship on the hardware out of the box.

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Microsoft's Surface devices are famously hard to fix. Not all third-party apps on Android will support this functionality, as it will be up to developers to implement those capabilities.

Windows Central notes the decision to go with an older chipset instead of the latest Snapdragon 865 has to do with a Qualcomm requirement. It is quite disappointing to have a small battery on a huge device.

Either way, the use of last year's flagship processor shouldn't degrade the experience in any way.

Here's pretty much all the good news: Performance is excellent.

Unfortunately, there are still no details regarding the price and more importantly, the launch date. We don't know why Microsoft has loaded Android on the Surface device. The ports haven't changed this time around - there's still a USB-C port, a microSD card slot, and a Surface Connect dock. It features a 360-degree hinge in the middle, making the device foldable. In this way, the device would lack support for the 5G community, which could be a hard setback in certain markets.

Hopefully Microsoft will detail its plans for Surface Duo soon.

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