Microsoft Surface Duo 2 could launch with a great camera in 2021

Surface Duo is Microsoft’s first productivity tool with two
5.6-inch AMOLED displays and ground-breaking hinge design,
which converts the dual-screen phone into an 8.1-inch tablet
with a resolution of 1800 x 2700.

While
Microsoft has confirmed that Surface Duo will arrive in more
markets, one thing that it has remained quiet about is the
future foldable products. According to sources, Microsoft has
already started working on the next-gen Surface Duo codenamed
‘Zeta’ and it will launch in 2021 with improvements to the
camera.

Surface Duo features an 11MP camera and it has been criticized
for its low-quality camera captures. It doesn’t even have a
rear camera, but that’s something the company might be working
on, and we might see the results with the Surface Duo 2.

Surface Duo camera prototype

A Microsoft job listing discovered today reveals a
“Principal Android Camera System Architect and Engineer” role
to develop both camera hardware and software for the next-gen
Surface products like the Surface Duo 2.

Microsoft noted that the engineer will work with the camera
hardware team to create AI/ML features and enable
“computational photography” to take image processing to the
next level.

A “Responsibilities” section in the job posting provides more
details:

  • Collaboration with independent camera developers for new
    camera apps. It’s possible that Microsoft is going to engage
    with developers and create new camera apps with improved image
    processing features for the consumers.
  • Expert knowledge of the Android camera stack.
  • Implementation of AI/ML and neural processing capability.
  • 10+ years of experience.

The job listing didn’t go into any design detail, so we don’t
know if Microsoft is going to deliver a world-class camera with
the Surface Duo 2, but the job listing suggests that the tech
giant is finally exploring new camera improvements for its
dual-screen mobile hardware.

Microsoft is also believed to be working on a new camera app
update for the first-gen Surface Duo, but the update has been
delayed and we don’t know when the improvements will arrive for
users.

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