2019 began the era of the folding phone. Samsung took a side by side approach to the concept, while Motorola took a top to bottom approach. While both were different, they were variations on the same theme: one piece of bendable screen. Microsoft also announced an entry in the folding phone category, but they took a very different approach to the concept. Rather than trying to bend glass and LCD panels, Microsoft's Surface Duo decided to take a page from the Kyocera Echo's book and simply have two distinct screens.
Sprint announced the Echo in February 2011 and made it available for sale in April 2011, and the phone was the first dual-screen Android device. It folded in the middle and looked similar to a Nintendo DS. Microsoft's Surface Duo is a significantly updated version of the concept which is scheduled to release later this year. Despite the looming release and the device being used daily by Microsoft employees, we have heard very little from Microsoft on the specs of the device.
So far we know that the device has two 5.6-inch displays, each with a resolution of 1800x1350. The screens support Surface Pen, which makes it worthy of the Surface name. The width of the device is 4.8mm. And that's all we have known for some time. That changed this week, in a way, with a leak to Windows Central. The leak comes care of someone testing the device and likely shows the final hardware for the product.
The missing specs include a Snapdragon 855 SoC, 6GB of system RAM, and configurations including 6$GB and 256GB of storage. Like too many modern phones, it will offer no external storage. It will, however, offer a USB-C connector, something that Microsoft is finally coming around on with its modern devices. The phone will feature a single 11MP camera on the back, meaning that it will likely not have any facial recognition capabilities. It will, however, offer fingerprint security.
With the specs finally out, though unofficially, we can assume that Microsoft is close to complete on the device. That could mean that the rumors of an earlier launch of the Surface Duo might be true.