• Microsoft is reportedly preparing to launch the next-generation Surface Duo this year
  • Fans hope it will solve issues found in current-generation dual-screen phone
  • Microsoft has not yet revealed the release date of Surface Duo 2

Microsoft's Surface Duo 2 is believed to release sometime in October and ahead of its release, a new set of specs surfaced online giving away the device's improved hardware and performance. 

The specs of the Microsoft Surface Duo 2 leaked online just a few days following the official launch of Samsung Galaxy Fold 3. The successor of the dual-screen device for the Redmond-based tech giant appeared 19 times on Geekbench

All listings referring to the upcoming Microsoft device come with the identifier "ARM implementer 65 architecture 8 variant 1 part 3396 revision 0." Although the leaks do not explicitly say the kind of System on Chip (SoC) the device features, the identifier matches Qualcomm Snapdragon 888.

The Surface Duo, an Android-powered folding handset, puts Microsoft back into the smartphone market The Surface Duo, an Android-powered folding handset, puts Microsoft back into the smartphone market Photo: Microsoft / HO

Moreover, the upcoming device will feature 8 GB of RAM and will house the Android 11 out of the box. This is a notable improvement to the specs of the first Microsoft Surface Duo device released in 2019.

The Surface Duo houses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and 6 GB of RAM. However, the improvement is not significant enough as the device is a dual-screen phone advertised for multitasking power users. 

Microsoft could have used the higher-tier Snapdragon 888 Plus on the Surface Duo 2. But, it seems it opted for the base model because of possible thermal constraints of the Plus variant of the SoC. 

The Geekbench listing also revealed the upcoming device from Microsoft would pack the Adreno 660 GPU for better graphics performance. Other details in the listings include the benchmark scores of the next-generation dual-screen phone. 

The device performed well in Geekbench with a single-core score of 1,091 and a multi-core performance of 3,517. Fans are hoping Microsoft has already addressed the limitations and issues of the previous-generation Surface Duo. 

The device lacked NFC and some users complained about build quality concerns.  This includes breaking plastic frames, raised the front glass and crooked fingerprint readers, among others. 

Microsoft has not yet announced the official release date of the Surface Duo 2. Since these specs are not official, fans should temper their expectations.