Microsoft executive Panos Panay has posted an image on his Instagram that he says he took of his son using the unreleased Surface Duo, the company’s dual screen Android smartphone.
The Duo was announced at an event in October but won’t be released till later this year. It is a dual screen phone (not a folding phone) with a hinge that lets it close to a smaller size.
Panay is head of Microsoft’s hardware and software teams and posted the below photo, which is the first clue to the camera prowess of the device:
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Sharing a special moment captured on my Surface Duo. While I am working from home, Costas is learning from home. We’re sharing my office today, he’s studying for his CAL mid-term. It’s great for him to have tools like #Windows and #Surface to help him study in this time. #workfromhome #learnfromhome
It’s not much of a clue to how good the camera will actually be though, given Instagram’s compression of images. That said, the image doesn’t look great, with washing out at the edges and dull colour reproduction in parts. Microsoft may well have skimped on the camera specs to keep what is already likely to be an expensive device a little cheaper.
But hey, if the head of hardware is posted pictures from the Duo then hopefully it means the release schedule is on track despite potential for disruption due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Most of the Duo’s specs are still unknown, so the photo is garnering interest from Microsoft and Android enthusiasts online.
Not only does the Duo have an interesting form factor (see top of page), it is also Microsoft’s return to the smartphone market after the failure and subsequent binning of the Windows Mobile and Windows Phone platforms.