Microsoft’s next-gen Surface Duo could come with depth camera

Surface Duo Android phone
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The newly unveiled Surface Neo isn’t the company’s only
dual-screen device. The company has also announced a Surface
phone called ‘Surface Duo’ that runs Google’s Android apps and
support Microsoft’s services straight from the Play Store.

Surface Duo is designed by Panos Panay led Surface team and it
appears to feature great hardware, but previous rumours claimed
that the Surface Duo device will feature a mid-core camera.

The Surface Duo, which competes against the Galaxy Fold and
Mate X, may not come with a great camera module, but the
Redmond firm appears to be working on major software-related

In addition to software-based improvements, Microsoft is also
working on depth camera resource management. Microsoft says
that it plans to use three-dimensional ‘3D’ cameras to offer
enhanced performance compared to standard cameras. For
instance, 2D cameras rely on sensing motion in a scene to
trigger activation, which can be addressed with 3D cameras.

“3D imaging can rectify many of the shortcomings of 2D images.
However, traditional operating techniques for depth cameras
tend to use a relatively large amount of resources,” Microsoft
noted in a patent filing.

Microsoft says that the depth cameras can also be capable of
generating different types of frames, such as 2D frames, 3D
frames, and/or frames of relatively higher and lower resolution
and/or frames of different field of view, among others.

The company is exploring various types of depth cameras such as
time-of-flight depth cameras, structured light depth cameras,
and/or stereo depth cameras.

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