Microsoft is preparing to release an unusual foldable smartphone Surface Duo. Unlike solutions from Huawei and Samsung, the display here is not single and seamless, but double, with narrow frames and hinges (like a book). We first learned about this project in October last year. At the same time, it became known that the gadget will receive a screen of 5.6” half and 8.3” at full disclosure. The hinges will allow a 360-degree turn, and Android will act as the software, but with close integration of Microsoft services.
The famous insider @evleaks has posted a selection of press photos showing the Surface Duo’s design as it unfolds, revealing a list of pre-installed software and split-screen functionality. There are no new technical details or release dates yet.
Microsoft Surface Duo receives Bluetooth SIG certification
The handset has been a target of multiple rumors in the past few months. Some of them were even suggesting an earlier release. After all, the device is likely coming with Snapdragon 855 which is not the ideal at this point. Recently, consistent proof that the Surface Duo still is a thing that has emerged through Bluetooth SIG database.
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The device was spotted at the Bluetooth regulatory agency with Surface Model 1930 codename. Unfortunately, these listings don’t reveal much regarding the specifications. Of course, Bluetooth 5.0 is confirmed here. Luckily, the device also paid a visit to FCC listing which confirms the presence of Android 10 alongside support for all major LTE bands in the United States, NFC and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, the device will lack 5G connectivity. The original project didn’t include 5G, and we assume that there’s no room enough for fitting Qualcomm’s separate 5G modem.
To give more traction to today’s leaks, Evan Blass confirmed that the device will also make its way to AT&T. One of the biggest network carriers in the United States. Unfortunately, this doesn’t bring details but certainly assures that the Microsoft dual-screen device will have some traction in the United States.
The phone will come with Android 10 and all set of Microsoft applications. According to other reports, Microsoft is already working on an Android 11 update to ensure a quick transition to the newer platform. After all, the company should give all the right steps to consolidate is device in the market. It’s not a common smartphone, so it needs to come with a good level of software support to conquer its user base. However, we will see how the company will act.