Microsoft’s unique Floor Duo was… problematic, to place it mildly, however the firm seems bent on making amends in 2021. Home windows Central sources declare a Floor Duo 2 (or no matter it could be referred to as) could have a launch date this fall, presumably in September or October.
The Floor Duo 2 may also signify a sorely-needed improve to efficiency. The tipsters mentioned the dual-screen telephone will tout the “newest flagship SoC” for 2021, suggesting it should soar from the growing old Snapdragon 855 (already out of date by the Duo’s 2020 launch) to a a lot quicker Snapdragon 888. You possibly can appropriately count on 5G, and the leak additionally hints at NFC help for tap-to-pay options.
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You’d additionally get a much-improved digital camera system. As a substitute of the lone 11MP digital camera from earlier than, the Floor Duo 2 would come with an exterior digital camera array (full with bump) to take improved pictures.
The fundamental Floor Duo design will reportedly carry over to the Duo 2 with a couple of tweaks. You’d see “barely larger” screens within the same aspect ratio, however with rounded corners and thinner bezels. It ought to look extra like a contemporary telephone as a substitute of a holdover from 2019, in different phrases. The overall form and measurement would stay the identical, although, so don’t count on this to be any extra pocketable if the leak is correct.
Some questions stay, nonetheless, together with the worth. The primary Floor Duo price $1,399 when new, making it a really tough promote except you had been closely invested within the Microsoft ecosystem and prepared to place up with the telephone’s many early glitches. The Floor Duo 2 might face related challenges if it prices an analogous quantity, even when the specs are rather more aggressive. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is arguably a greater purchase than the Duo because of its extra highly effective internals, dependable software program and cleverer foldable show, and it would nonetheless signify a wiser buy if the Duo’s sequel stays costly.