Microsoft hints at new Surface Duo 2 with 5G and upgraded camera

Surface Duo 2 with 5G

Surface Duo was the first dual-screen phone from Microsoft to
launch in the US and Europe.
Surface Duo received mixed reviews and it appears the
company is gearing up to launch the next-gen dual-screen phone
with support for “5G” and improved camera, according to recent
listings spotted by us.

A handful of new job listings over on Microsoft’ careers site
give a strong hint that the company is working on Surface Duo 2
codenamed “Zeta” with 5G connectivity.

The software giant has already removed the job listings, but
there’s at least one job post still live on Microsoft’s
careers page and it’s looking for SW/FW Engineer II in
Taiwan. In the job listing, Microsoft noted that it’s on a
“journey to create new experiences with Surface Duo” and they
plan to enable 5G support to “fully express the Microsoft
vision”.

Microsoft is looking for experienced individuals who are
familiar with radio-frequency module development, which
includes LTE and 5G.

“Job responsibilities will encompass working across a team of
high impact individuals who are designing and coding RF
drivers, RF board bring up including LTE and 5G technologies,
factory tools, modem protocols, mobile operator certifications
and PTCRB/GCF certifications on Surface Duo device,” the
company noted.

Based on the above description, it’s pretty easy to assume what
Microsoft has in store here. Clearly, the company is looking to
enable 5G support in the upcoming Surface Duo, which is
codenamed Zeta.

Surface Duo 2 camera upgrade

The second-generation Surface Duo will also feature a “great
camera”, which was promised by Microsoft’s Panos Panay last
year.

In one of the
job listings, Microsoft confirmed that it intends to use
machine learning and artificial intelligence to create a new
camera experience that will significantly improve image
processing.

Surface Duo prototype
Panos Panay holding the unreleased Surface Duo

In fact, the company also plans to collaborate with independent
developers to create new camera and photo editing apps for Duo.

While this job listings don’t mean the Surface Duo 2 “Zeta”
will launch this year, they paint a picture for an exciting
future and it’s now confirmed that Microsoft wants to address
the shortcomings of the current dual-screen phone.

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