Surface Duo 2 allegedly spotted online with Snapdragon 888

We’ve heard quite a few things about the rumoured Surface Duo 2
already, but until now none of the rumours gave us any idea of
how powerful the next generation dual-screen phone would be.
Thanks to a new benchmark, we now know pretty much everything
about the unreleased phone.

A Geekbench listing spotted online earlier
today details specs for a Microsoft Surface Duo 2 with the
model number “surfaceduo2”. The listing confirms the rumoured
Snapdragon 888 chipset (found in flagships launched in 2021)
along with 8GB of RAM and Android 11. This also suggests that
the second-gen hardware will be significantly faster.

In the Geekbench entry,  the chipset can be identified as
the ‘ARM implementer 65 architecture 8 variant 1 part 3396
revision 0’. Based on previous leaks and our understanding, it
seems that the Surface Duo 2 has a Snapdragon 888, which
Qualcomm announced in December 2020.

The benchmark scores of 1091 for Single-core and 3517 for
multi-core are significantly better than Surface Duo and
they’re in line with scores of other phones with the same
processor. A couple of other leaks from documents discovered by
us previously suggested that the Surface Duo 2 may come with 5G
and NFC support.

Surface Duo 2 benchmark

Surface Duo 2 specs (expected)

Microsoft is said to be working on both hardware and software
changes to improve the camera configuration of the device, so
the dual-screen phone should be able to take better photos.

According to leaked photos and job listings, Surface Duo 2 is
likely to ship with an upgraded camera setup.

Surface Duo 2 leaked

In one of the leaked pictures, we can see the dual-screen phone
with a triple-camera configuration – a primary sensor, a
telephoto, and an ultra-wide sensor. The device will retain the
front-facing camera which was previously offered on the
first-gen Surface Duo.

It’s also worth noting that Surface Duo’s original look will be
retained, but there will be improvements to the display, hinge
and overall quality to justify the “Duo 2” branding.

Big software improvements

Microsoft also wants to address the software issues with the
next Android phone.

According to sources,
Microsoft is working on a big update for Surface Duo OS and
Microsoft Launcher to address performance issues and all
the shortcomings of the first Surface Duo.

Microsoft Launcher has been quite buggy on Surface Duo, but
it’ll eventually get better, according to Vishnu Nath, Partner
Director of Mobile at Microsoft.

In a tweet, Microsoft Launcher head confirmed bigger
improvements are on their way.

Surface Duo 2 release date

Microsoft is tight-lipped about the release date, but we
believe the Surface Duo 2 would be announced in October
Surface Pro 8 and other products.

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