Microsoft was reportedly planning to launch a extra reasonably priced plastic model of the Surface Duo 2, and pictures seem to have leaked on eBay of the gadget. Windows Central studies that Microsoft canceled this mysterious midrange model of the Surface Duo 2 in late 2021 after reportedly initially planning to launch it as a less expensive mannequin later this yr.
The leaked photographs on a now-deleted eBay itemizing reveal the gadget would have shipped with a extra rounded design, a plastic matte end, and a barely smaller digital camera bump. Microsoft was reportedly making adjustments to the shape issue of the Surface Duo 2 to place this as a lower-cost mannequin.
Codenamed Cronos, the adjustments would have included a extra midrange Qualcomm processor, a dual-camera array on the rear as a substitute of a triple one, non-curved shows with out Microsoft’s look bar, and a plastic exterior. Windows Central speculates that it might have been launched because the “Surface Duo Go” or one thing comparable. This isn’t the primary time Surface Duo pictures have leaked, with photographs showing on-line forward of the Surface Duo 2 launch final yr.
Microsoft is now working on bringing Android 12L to current Surface Duo 2 gadgets as a substitute of transport this extra reasonably priced Surface Duo 2 later this yr. Windows Central claims the subsequent Surface Duo flagship received’t arrive till late 2023.
Microsoft’s Surface Duo 2 launched with a steep price ticket and a laundry record of bugs and points in October 2021, however the software program maker has been step by step enhancing the gadget. Verge deputy editor Dan Seifert says the Surface Duo 2 has gotten a lot better months after its launch, to the purpose the place “it’s now one of my favorite mobile devices.”