The Microsoft Surface Duo 2 may be announced as early as this week with a Microsoft event set for September 2. We expect to see the Surface Pro 8, but it's unlikely that's all Microsoft has in store for us.
Lending support for that notion is the fact that a device from Microsoft that is described as a phone and a portable handset was caught by Windows Central passing through the FCC and confirmed a slew of connectivity options for the follow-up to Microsoft's unique foldable (via SlashGear).
- Best smartphones in 2021
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 review: You can almost forgive how expensive it is
- The best phone deals in September 2021
The addition of 5G and Wi-Fi 6 support will certainly help the case for the Surface Duo, which featured woefully outdated hardware. Microsoft announced the phone in October of 2019, but didn't release it until October of 2020, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor that was almost two years old at that point. Considering this was a phone that Microsoft was asking $1,399 for at launch that was a tough sell.
The Surface Duo 2 will also feature NFC and UWB (ultra-wideband) radios, although it remains unclear if the phone will feature wireless charging this time around.
Unfortunately, the FCC documents didn't provide any further details as Microsoft requested confidentiality until January 2022, so only these bare details were pulled out of the filing.
The rest of the rumors regarding the Surface Duo 2 hardware seem positive too, like the inclusion of a vastly superior camera system, a Snapdragon 888 processor, 120Hz displays, and more. However, the hardware wasn't the only issue with the Surface Duo. It will be interesting to see if Microsoft has managed to make similarly drastic improvements to the software and we may not really know the answer to that question until we get it in for review.
Stay in the know with Laptop Mag
Get our in-depth reviews, helpful tips, great deals, and the biggest news stories delivered to your inbox.
Sean Riley has been covering tech professionally for over a decade now. Most of that time was as a freelancer covering varied topics including phones, wearables, tablets, smart home devices, laptops, AR, VR, mobile payments, fintech, and more. Sean is the resident mobile expert at Laptop Mag, specializing in phones and wearables, you'll find plenty of news, reviews, how-to, and opinion pieces on these subjects from him here. But Laptop Mag has also proven a perfect fit for that broad range of interests with reviews and news on the latest laptops, VR games, and computer accessories along with coverage on everything from NFTs to cybersecurity and more.