The first pictures of the successor to Microsoft’s dual-screen Surface Duo have apparently leaked online, showing a device with a similar form factor but with a new triple camera setup on the back. The leaked pictures have been posted on YouTube last month, and Windows Central claims that they’re legitimate and that we should expect the Surface Duo 2 to ship in September or October.
Microsoft’s original Surface Duo received praise for its premium materials and slim profile for a dual-screen device, though it also received criticism for its outdated specs, software bugs, and lackluster single camera sitting on the front of the right screen. Well, the Surface Duo 2 is expected to ship with an ultrawide angle, telephoto, and standard lens on the back, which should hopefully deliver much better results than the single camera on the current Surface Duo. However, that will be at the cost of a notable camera bump, though that’s a trade-off you have to accept on most flagship smartphones these days.
According to Windows Central, the Surface Duo 2 should also feature a top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, 5G connectivity, as well as NFC support, something that the original Surface Duo oddly lacked. Other notable changes could include a fingerprint sensor that’s directly integrated into the power button, as well as a USB-C charging port that’s now centered on the right-hand side.
Microsoft's Surface Duo originally launched with a $1400 price tag, and Microsoft quickly had to lower its expectations. You can currently get one for just $649.99 on the US Microsoft Store, though if the Surface Duo 2 is really coming later this fall, you may want to hold on as the new device will likely offer a much better experience.