Oh, the Surface Duo. After plenty of rumours and many months of teasing (primarily from Microsoft itself), Microsoft’s dual-screen Android foldable is finally here.
What do we do as soon as the device is released? Speculate about its successor, of course! Here’s all you need to know about the next generation, which we assume will be called the Surface Duo 2.
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 release date
The release date of the Surface Duo 2 is almost impossible to predict. The original went on sale on 10 September 2020 in the US, but there are rumours other markets might have to wait until 2021 to get their hands on the device.
The Duo 2 is probably already in development, but that means it’s highly unlikely we’ll see another Surface Duo before 2022. Its release may be timed to coincide with the much-delayed Surface Neo, also expected to arrive in 2022.
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 price
Our best indicator price comes from the current Surface Duo, and even then that’s only specific to the US:
128GB storage – $1,399.99 (approx £1,082)
256GB storage – $1,499.99 (approx £1,160)
While foldables are expected to become more affordable over time, if Microsoft delivers significant upgrades on the Duo 2 we’d expected it to command a similarly high asking price. However, it will need to be cheaper in order to compete with traditional smartphones.
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 rumours
The only news we currently have on the Surface Duo 2 is that the device in development. That’s what Windows Latest is reporting, and proves that Microsoft wants to establish the Duo line as a core part of the Surface range.
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 wish list
With rumours understandably relatively thin on the ground at the moment, we’ve put together a list of things we’d love to see on the Surface Duo 2. The Duo is decidedly a first-gen device, so there are plenty of potential areas for improvement:
The latest processor – Between the Duo’s announcement and release, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 chipset was launched. This meant the Duo is running 2018’s Snapdragon 865, so we’d like to see Microsoft take steps to avoid a repeat scenario
5G support – Leading on from that, the 865 requires a separate 5G chip that Microsoft hadn’t accounted for in the Duo’s design. Having 5G support on its successor is a must
Slimmer bezels – The Duo is undoubtedly a feat of engineering, but the screens themselves are still sporting a design we saw five years ago. There would be plenty of space for Microsoft to include powerful camera/s and still up the screen-to-body ratio
Multiple camera lenses – Speaking of cameras, the Duo has a single 11Mp sensor, which can be used for rear shots and selfies depending on how you use the device. Adding another lens, be it an ultrawide or front-facing camera, would add a lot to the camera experience
NFC support – There were a few common smartphone features missing on the Duo, but the lack of NFC is arguably the hardest to forgive. Not having the ability to use Google Pay is hard to ignore, so it should be a priority on the next Duo
Bigger battery – Despite the Duo having one battery in each screen, the total capacity is still only 3577mAh. With a number of smartphones now having 5000mAh batteries, it could really do with an upgrade on the Duo 2
Reduce the price – While this might be difficult considering the upgrades here, it would be great to see Microsoft make the Duo more affordable. Currently, most people simply can’t justify spending US$1400 or more on such a device
We’ll update this article as soon as more information about the Surface Duo 2 emerges. In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about the original Surface Duo.