Microsoft is busy testing the upcoming Surface Duo internally, a device that has two screens on two equal sides, with a 360-degree hinge between them. So while neither display panel is foldable, that hinge gives you plenty of use case flexibility.
At its event last year, Microsoft had only revealed the device would have two 5.6-inch screens (with 1800×1350 pixel resolution on each) held together on a hinge—rather than a flexible screen, as is the case with the Galaxy Fold. Other than photos, the company didn’t expand much on what to expect in terms of hardware and performance.
The chipset at the helm is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 from last year, which is a very odd choice. The reason for this move apparently has to do with the fact that Microsoft had finalized the Surface Duo’s internal design way before the Snapdragon 865 was a thing. There’s simply no room inside for the X55 5G modem that Qualcomm requires companies use in tandem with the 865.
The device has 6GB of RAM, which may still be okay for Google, but is mid-ranger level in the very competitive Android smartphone market, where flagships now start at 8GB and go up to 16GB. Anyway, there will be 256GB of storage too, and it’s not expandable.
The camera (singular) will be an 11 MP f/2.0 snapper with 1.12um pixel size, which once again feels like a blast from the past (aside from the odd resolution).