Back in August 2020, Microsoft launched its first dual-screen smartphone under the Surface product lineup dubbed Surface Duo. While the dual-display smartphone was quite appealing to many, the smartphone got itself stuck in a controversy. Although the device comes with an expensive price tag, it was not strong enough. Various users started complaining about the cracking due to very thin plastic near the Type-C port.
Soon after, Microsoft decided to slash the price tag by around $200 and then further by $450. To top things off, the smartphone didn’t even manage to go global. It’s not like Microsoft is not giving the device attention as the Surface Duo is expected to receive Android 11 soon. It appears like Microsoft is now working on the next iteration of its dual-screen device: Surface Duo 2.
Microsoft working on Surface Duo 2 with a bunch of improvements!
According to a new report by WindowsLatest, Microsoft is now working on Surface Duo 2 with the codename “Zeta”. This time the dual-screen display will arrive with 5G connectivity which makes sense considering the on-going trend. As per the report, Microsoft recently posted a job requirement on its careers page which surprisingly hinted towards the smartphone. While the company has now removed those listing, one listing appears to be still present.
Microsoft is looking for SW/FW Engineer II in Taiwan. The job description mentions the employee will be on a “journey to create new experiences with Surface Duo”. To “fully express the Microsoft vision”, the company will also enable 5G support to the second generation. The job description also mentions a requirement for an experienced individual familiar with LTE and 5G.
All these job listings combined give us a solid idea that the software giant is indeed working on a Surface Duo 2. The addition of 5G connectivity also is pretty clear.
A camera improvement is also in tow!
The report further adds that Surface Duo 2 will bring some camera improvement. It makes sense as the company previously promised such an upgrade. Microsoft intends to use machine learning and artificial intelligence to improve camera performance. With that said, this is something that every other smartphone maker is implementing.
Another interesting thing to note is the fact that Microsoft is planning to collaborate with independent developers for new camera and photo editing apps. With that said, this is just an early leak and we should take it with a pinch of salt. Hopefully, we’ll come to know more about the device in the coming months.