After abandoning Windows Mobile, Microsoft is now preparing to release an Android smartphone. In October, at an event dedicated to its new Surface devices, the Redmond company unveiled the Surface Duo. It’s a two-screen smartphone running Android.
Today, resources are already available for developers, so that they can adapt their applications to this particular format. However, for the moment, Microsoft has not yet given any information regarding the technical sheet that this smartphone could have.
However, Microsoft is expected to not equip the Surface Duo with the same components as those of the latest high-end devices. And recently, the Windows Central site published some information on the technical sheet that this device could have.
According to sources relayed by Windows Central, the Surface Duo would have two 5.6-inch AMOLED screens, with a 4: 3 ratio, and a resolution of 1,800 x 1,350. The device would use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor (the predecessor of the Snapdragon 865 found on flagships of 2020, like the Mi 10 Pro from Xiaomi). And this processor would be accompanied by a 6 GB RAM memory. For photos, the Surface Duo would be equipped with an 11 megapixel camera. Otherwise, this smartphone would use Android 10 when it is released, but an update to Android 11 would already be planned.
It is recalled that previous rumors had already raised the possibility that the Surface Duo uses a Snapdragon 855 processor instead of the Snapdragon 865, because of the fact that this device would have been developed long before the new high-end processor from Qualcomm was available . Either way, Microsoft should put more emphasis on the dual-screen format, software, and productivity features.
Surface Neo is more uncertain
But if the Surface Duo could be launched this year, it is possible that Microsoft decides to delay the launch of the Surface Neo (a tablet with two screens). Both devices were presented at the same time, but the Surface Duo was designed to use Windows 10X (a new version of Windows) and not Android.
Microsoft recently said it is revising its plans for Windows 10X. If this new operating system was developed for two-screen tablets, it should finally arrive first on conventional laptops.