Microsoft to launch Surface Duo 2 smartphone later this year
Microsoft launched the Surface Duo last year and now they are prepping for the second iteration, the Surface Duo 2, for later this year.
Microsoft is not known for its smartphones at all, but last year the company took a brave plunge and rolled out their high-end dual-screen smartphone - the Surface Duo. The Microsoft Surface Duo, besides the signature dual screen, also came with a customised Android experience.
It's been less than a year since the Surface Duo launched and according to reports, Microsoft is getting ready to launch an updated model - the Surface Duo 2.
As per reports, the Surface Duo 2 has been under development since the second half of 2020 and is scheduled to launch by the fall of this year. However, Microsoft might change its plans, that remains to be seen. For the Surface Duo 2, besides bringing in a faster processor, better cameras and 5G support, software is expected to be the primary focus.
Surface Duo reviews had all good things to say about the display, the hinge and the design, but on the software front there were plenty of issues. According to sources, the Surface Duo 2 will be putting “special emphasis” on fixing the software issues and improving it all, including the camera app.
Additionally, Microsoft is also adding more engineers to the team working on the Surface Duo 2. Reports have it that there are multiple job listings posted by Microsoft and the company is looking to deliver a mobile user experience that brings about “the best of Microsoft to the Android ecosystem”.
Microsoft has also been directly contributing to the development of Android like with the “Obscured Regions” API that adds information about regions of the display that has been obscured by other tasks or system UI.
“The API will allow the developer to re-flow the experience into the visible regions. For example, a Launcher might animate its bottom drawer to the un-obscured are to allow the user to launch another application,” Microsoft said.
Also, the Surface Duo 2 is not the only Surface product Microsoft is working on. The company is also planning to launch the Surface Laptop 4 in April and the Surface Pro 8 in October or November.