Microsoft Surface Duo: Dual Screen Device is Ready for launch in August 2020

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Microsoft Surface Duo is set to be unveiled in August and the excitement in the tech world surrounding the release is palpable. With the date of a launch coming close, leaks and renders about the specs of the dual-screen smartphone have been creating a buzz. Latest reveals by expert tipster Evan Blass have shed light upon how the front panel and the screens of the upcoming phone look like.

The tip says that the front panel bears the usual Microsoft logo and the flash is located next to the camera lens in the top right corner. The first screen of the phone sports the Google Search widget as well as the date and time widget. Microsoft Edge, OneNote, and Outlook are docked in the bottom of the first page.

The second screen houses Google’s Phone, Messages, and Camera apps. The main home screen is the place for Microsoft applications and third-party apps. There is a new feature called “App Groups” which allows the user to pair up two apps which are often used at the same time, thus helping in multitasking. A shortcut to the app pair can be created on home screen so that both of them can be accessed and opened simultaneously when required. It has been revealed in previous leaks that the dual screens of Microsoft Surface Duo are of 5.6-inch size. Other rumoured specifications were a single 11 MP camera serving as both the front and rear camera, a 3,460 mAH battery, and USB-C charging. The device is reportedly going to be powered by Snapdragon 855 chipset with a strong 6 GB RAM. As per the trend of Android phones, it will be coming in three storage configurations – 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB.

The Android device was originally slated to be released in late 2020, and there were floating rumours that it might be as late as 2021 as well. But a tip by Paul Thurrott says that an invitation has been sent to the Microsoft brass to attend a virtual briefing for Surface on August 12, which could “presumably be for Duo”.

There are yet to be any official confirmation regarding the same from Microsoft. All that has been made public about it is a small 37-second video clip that was aired last month, which shed some light on the features and integration compatibilities of Surface Duo with other software and devices.

Microsoft 365 Vice President Brad Anderson starred in the clip, in which he was using the Surface Duo phone and changing the basic green background of the screen with a simple swipe of finger. Everything else about Duo is still a mystery, which will hopefully soon be revealed to the public.