What you need to know
- New renders show what the Surface Duo 2 could look like.
- The unofficial renders are based on recently leaked images and suspected details of the device.
- The images show how the device's camera bump prevents it from fully closing.
Microsoft's Surface Duo 2 was recently spotted online in a set of leaks. Those leaks showed off a triple camera setup with a noticeable bump to house it. Based on those images and other suspected details of the upcoming folding device, WindowsUnited worked with designer Jonas Dähnert to create renders of the Surface Duo 2. While these aren't official renders, they give us a better idea of what the device could look like based on the information that's currently available.
One render shows a closeup of the potential camera bump of the Surface Duo 2. This is the most controversial design element of the device. It appears that the bump will stop the Surface Duo 2 from fully flipping around and resting flat. That possible problem is shown off in another rendered image.
The bump also stops the device from being able to lay flat on a table or surface. This is a common problem with smartphones but isn't an issue the original Surface Duo deals with. Our senior editor Zac Bowden touches on the camera bump in more detail and explains why he doesn't think it's a big problem.
Sources have also told Bowden that the bezels of the Surface Duo 2 will be slightly thinner than those of its predecessor. This is shown off in the renders from WindowsUnited as well
If the released version of the Surface Duo 2 looks like these mockups, it will be a much more polished device than the original Surface Duo. The images show a fingerprint reader integrated with a power button and rounded corners on its displays.
When the Surface Duo 2 does ship, it may look different than these renders. The recent leaks that these renders are based on show a design of the device but not its final form.
In addition to design changes, we expect the Surface Duo 2 to ship with features people are accustomed to seeing on phones, such as NFC, a better set of cameras, and new internals. It should also ship with Android 11.
Rumors and sources suggest that Microsoft hopes to ship the Surface Duo 2 in fall 2021, likely in September or October.