Microsoft’s next-gen Android phone Surface Duo 2 clears FCC

Surface Duo 2 FCC leak

Microsoft’s next-gen Android phone, the Surface Duo 2, has been
rumoured to launch on September 22 alongside Surface Pro 8,
Surface Pro X refresh, Surface Go 3, Surface Book/Laptop
successor, and other products. Ahead of the rumoured release,
the Surface Duo has arrived at the FCC and the certification
has confirmed support for 5G and NFC.

The device is labelled as “Microsoft
Portable Device” and references within the FCC filing point
to a dual-screen device, likely to be the Surface Duo 2. For
instance, the paperwork explicitly calls out that the device
supports “two configurations” where one screen is open and
another screen is closed.

“Both configurations are tested,” the document reads. The
reports and screenshots from the FCC also confirm that this is
a dual-screen device with a front-facing camera and another
camera on the rear side. One of the documents also points to
Android operating system.

Surface Duo 2 FCC

In fact, there’s a paragraph that says the FCC tested the
device in multiple configurations, including folded open and
folded closed, similar to tests previously performed for the
original Surface Duo.

As expected, Surface Duo will support the major LTE and 5G
bands used in the United States. The device will feature 5G
mmWave connectivity and Wi-Fi 6.

“Model 1995 has two mmWave antenna modules,
both on the right half of the device. Module 0 faces out of the
rear, while module 1 faces out of the front (display) side. The
locations of the antennas are shown in Figures 1-3 below for
the three device postures which have been evaluated for power
density,” the document reads.

Additionally, Microsoft is also testing support for NFC.

Surface Duo 2 features

  • Two 5.8-inch displays.
  • Snapdragon 888.
  • 8GB RAM with up to 256GB storage.
  • 12MP front-facing camera and a new rear camera with wide
    (12MP), Telephoto (12MP) and Ultrawide (16MP) lens.
  • WiFi 6, Bluetooth and NFC.

As
we reported way in February, Surface Duo 2 would be
Microsoft’s first Android phone with 5G and NFC. This
information was based on inputs from Microsoft’s now-deleted
job postings and other documents viewed by us.

In addition to new features, Microsoft is also planning to
address the “serious software flaws”. If you recall, Surface
Duo was shipped with major software issues. The successor to
the Surface Duo will address all of these issues, and you can
expect faster feature updates as well.

Microsoft has been adding more Android engineers to the Surface
Duo team. Additionally, there’ll be a
new version of Microsoft Launcher specifically optimized for
the Surface Duo lineup. You can expect fewer crashes and
smooth transition effects, which were missing in the first-gen
hardware.

The second-generation Surface Duo should pack a Snapdragon 888,
which is a significantly better processor than the Snapdragon
855 that was in the original model.

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