What you need to know
- Microsoft's Surface Duo 2 could include 5G support and an improved camera.
- Job listings appeared on Microsoft's website mentioning the Surface Duo and 5G.
- Many of the job listings mentioning a Surface Duo successor have since been taken down.
Microsoft's Surface Duo has a unique form factor that allows Microsoft to experiment with a new form factor. While innovative in its design, it doesn't feature the most cutting edge specs. It runs on an older Snapdragon processor, doesn't support 5G, and has a camera that's not great compared to other devices. It appears that these shortcomings could be fixed with a Surface Duo 2. Job listings on Microsoft's website mention 5G support and an improved camera for the Surface Duo.
The job listings were spotted by Windows Latest, but many of the listings have since been removed. There are, however, some job listings still up on Microsoft's website that suggest a Surface Duo successor with 5G support and a better camera.
One listing for an SW/FW Engineer lists 5G technologies. Under the responsibilities section, it states:
The qualifications section for this listing also mentions 5G:
Another listing is for a "Principal Android Camera System Architect/Engineer - Surface Development."
The responsibilities section of that listing mentions AI features for a camera:
These listings are from last fall, and Microsoft isn't accepting applications for either of them at this time. The other job listings referenced by Windows Latest were taken down before we could grab any quotes.
The fact that Microsoft is working on a Surface Duo successor isn't new, but these listings give us another glimpse of how it could be better than the original. In our piece covering what we expect to see from Microsoft's Surface lines in 2021, we mention that Microsoft is working on a Surface Duo 2 that Microsoft would like to see come out in late 2021.
The piece states:
Fixing shortcomings could very well come in the form of 5G support and a better camera, though we'll have to see what Microsoft announces before anything is 100% confirmed.
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