Microsoft executive: Surface Duo will have a âworld-classâ camera
Microsoft's upcoming dual-screen Android smartphone, the Surface Duo, is expected to feature a \"world-class\" camera, according to the company's chief product officer Panos Panay.
In a recent event in Berlin, Germany, Panay confirmed that Microsoft is working on improving the camera performance of the Surface Duo, which was unveiled at the 2019 fall Surface event. The prototype device shown at the event had only a single selfie camera and a large round indentation on the back, presumably for a rear camera module.
However, Panay did not reveal any details about the camera specifications or how Microsoft plans to achieve a \"world-class\" camera quality in a thin device. The Surface Duo has two 5.6-inch displays that fold together with a 360-degree hinge, making it very compact when closed.
One possible solution could be based on a Microsoft patent that describes a camera with a separate lens group and an image sensor that are moved into position by an actuator when needed. When not needed, the sensor is moved away and the optical module goes into a \"retracted position\". This could allow the camera to be thinner than usual and avoid protruding from the back of the device.
The Surface Duo is expected to launch in late 2020 and will run on Android with some Microsoft customizations. It will also support the Surface Pen stylus and other Surface accessories. The device is aimed at enhancing productivity and multitasking on a mobile platform.
Sources: TechRadar, GSMArena, Hindustan Times
Surface Duo also boasts some impressive features and specs under the hood. It is powered by a Snapdragon 855 processor, which is a flagship chipset from Qualcomm that can handle multitasking and gaming smoothly. It also has 6GB of RAM and two storage options: 64GB or 256GB. However, there is no microSD card slot for expanding the storage capacity.
The device has a single 11MP camera that can be used for both selfies and rear photos. It supports HDR, panorama, and 4K video recording at up to 60fps. The camera also has a fast autofocus system and a large pixel size of 1.0Âµm for better low-light performance.
The Surface Duo has a 3577mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging via USB-C. It also has a fingerprint reader on the side for biometric security. The device runs on Android 10 with Microsoft Launcher and some customizations for the dual-screen experience. It is also upgradable to Android 11 and will receive security updates for three years.
The Surface Duo is compatible with the Surface Pen stylus and other Surface accessories, such as the Surface Earbuds and Surface Headphones. It also supports Link to Windows feature that allows you to access your phone's notifications, messages, calls, photos, and apps on your PC.
The Surface Duo is available in white color and it costs $1,399 for the 128GB model and $1,499 for the 256GB model. You can buy it from Microsoft Store or other retailers. aa16f39245