Microsoft is already working on the next-gen foldable Android phone

Despite the fact that the Surface Duo is still not available
for direct purchase, a sequel device is already in the cards.

Microsoft’s highly-anticipated
Surface Duo is now available for pre-order, and the work
has already begun on Surface Duo 2, according to multiple
Microsoft’s job listings for the development of the Android
operating system for future dual-screen products.

Microsoft has already brought in-house development team to work
on the Surface Duo’s post-launch software updates, and work has
begun on Surface Duo 2 to support the continued efforts, as
Microsoft bets big on dual-screen products.

The next-gen Surface Duo is internally codenamed Zeta and no other
info or details of what the Surface Duo 2 might be were
revealed. While the Surface Duo has entered the early stage of
prototyping/testing/development, we might not see a finished
piece of hardware emerging until at least the second half of
2021.

Surface Duo streaming support

Remember that the
Windows 10X-powered Surface Neo has been delayed until
2022, so it does sense make sense for Microsoft to launch
the dual-screen Android phone by the second half of next year.

What’s really interesting here is that Microsoft has formed an
internal team to handle the work of developing software for the
Surface Duo and beyond. The first-gen Duo ships with Android 10
and
Android 11 support will follow later after Google launches
the OS for the first wave of devices.

While a sequel device is apparently already in the cards, it is
worth noting that this report is still based on rumours and
findings, and there’s no official confirmation from anyone
working at Microsoft.

The first-generation Surface Duo comes with Snapdragon 855,
128GB or 256GB storage, and 6GB of RAM.
Surface Duo is also the world’s thinnest foldable and
Microsoft says it has developed the smallest 360-degree hinge
with hair-like wires to support different form factors of the
device.

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