KEY POINTS

  • Microsoft has been working on Surface Duo 2 since H2 2020
  • It is the latest iteration of the 2019 dual-screen mobile device
  • It is said to have a faster processor, an improved camera and 5G connectivity

Microsoft, the Redmond-based tech giant, is reportedly preparing to launch the Surface Duo 2 this year with a major groundbreaking update that gamers will definitely love. 

New Game-Changing Feature

Microsoft just rolled out a new update to the Xbox Game Pass Beta app that adds support to dual-screen devices like the Surface Duo. With the support, the dual-screen mobile device can turn into something like the Nintendo 3DS since it enables users to use the bottom half of the screen for dedicated controls and the top part uninterrupted. If this support is available on the first Duo, there is a high possibility that it would be available on the upcoming Surface Duo 2 at the launch. 

Microsoft could even offer a better feature that would make the Surface Duo 2 the dual-screen mobile gaming device of choice of many. The said feature was hinted at by the company when it released the first Surface Duo in 2019. However, it took the company a while to make the feature available. 

Microsoft maintains that its dual-screen device Surface Duo set to launch next year can replace other computing devices with a smaller form factor Microsoft maintains that its dual-screen device Surface Duo set to launch next year can replace other computing devices with a smaller form factor Photo: Microsoft / HO

This is a game-changing feature that Microsoft could use to give the Surface Duo 2 the identity it still tries to achieve to this day. It is also a smart unique selling proposition only Microsoft could offer since no other mobile device is capable of offering such a feature.

The Verge's Tom Warren shared on Twitter the xCloud running on Microsoft's Surface Duo across both screens.

Surface Duo 2 Release Date, Other Details

The Microsoft Surface Duo 2 is arriving sometime in the Fall of 2021, according to Windows Latest. Apparently, the next dual-screen mobile device has been in development since the second half of 2020. Apart from its potential release date, the site claims that Microsoft is packing the upcoming device with a faster processor, an improved camera and 5G connectivity. 

As for its design and overall look, not much will be changed. Microsoft is also reportedly giving its full attention to the software side of the Surface Duo 2 following consumers' feedback on the first dual-screen mobile device. 

It is worth noting that while the latest Xbox Game Pass Beta update is official, details about the Surface Duo 2 are from speculations and leaks. Like all other leaks, fans should temper their expectations and take these latest details with a grain of salt.