Surface Duo was first announced last October, and Microsoft has kept a fairly low profile since then. According to recent leaks, we won’t have to wait, as early as August, when Surface Duo is available, featuring snapDragon855 and 11-megapixel cameras, and a dual-screen Surface Duo will have two 5.6-inch AMOLED screens with a resolution of 1800 x 1350 pixels each, unlike the Galaxy Fold, which has two screens secured by hinges.
While the company didn’t do much on software and hardware when it unveiled Surface Duo last year, recent leaks suggest the device will have 6GB of memory and 64GB or 256GB of storage options.
Surface Duo uses the old Qualcomm chipset instead of the SnapSnapdragon 865 because of strategic decisions because Surface Duo doesn’t support 5G connectivity, while the SnapSnapdragon 865 processor requires smartphone makers to add a separate 5G chip.
Now, it’s been announced that Microsoft has started developing an Android 11-based system for Surface Duo, which will initially run on Android 10, but it will receive an update to Android 11 fairly quickly, possibly within weeks or a month.
The decision to use Android 10 instead of the latest Android 11 is related to possible compatibility issues with the updated release time table. Microsoft now plans to launch Duo Surface in the coming weeks to beat rumors that the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 will be launched on August 5. While Surface Duo should be available before the Galaxy Fold 2, the timing of releases in markets around the world may vary.
Microsoft also appears to be adding more Android engineers to its Surface Duo team, according to new hiring. Microsoft, for example, is looking for an “engineering director” to “create a new experience for Surface Duo.”