Jul 26th, 2021 publishUpdated   Sep 12th, 2021, 1:45 pm

There’s a lot of focus on Samsung and Google right now as we’re gearing up to see a new crop of flagships for the 2nd half of 2021. But Microsoft is also preparing a new device of its own with the Surface Duo 2. Images of a “near-final prototype” have appeared, which have seemingly been confirmed to be the real deal by Windows Central.

The images first appeared in a YouTube video that has largely gone unnoticed despite being published back in June. In the video, the dual-displays are not turned on, instead, just showing off the two different color options that are expected.

Perhaps the most exciting part of these leaked images comes via the enormous rear camera setup, as Microsoft prepares to take its smartphone to the next level. We’ll be seeing a triple-camera array on the back, housed in a rather bulky camera hump, similar to that of the Galaxy Z Fold 2. According to WC, this camera setup will consist of a wide-angle, ultrawide, and telephoto camera sensor.

It appears that Microsoft will retain the overall design aesthetic with the Surface Duo 2. However, in addition to this new matte-black color way, Microsoft is moving the USB-C charging port to the right display and the fingerprint scanner has been removed. Additionally, the dedicated fingerprint scanner has been removed, as it will likely be embedded into the power button.

As for specs, the Surface Duo 2 is said to offer true 2021 flagship hardware. The Snapdragon 888 will be at the helm, but we’ll also see support for 5G connectivity and an NFC chip for mobile payment systems like Google Pay. Windows Central also reports that the Surface Duo 2 will ship “in the September or October timeframe”.

Considering that the Microsoft Surface Duo pretty much turned out to be a flop due to out-dated specs and an exorbitant price tag, Microsoft is swinging for the fences this time. After spending some time with the original Duo, it’s truly a unique device, but the Surface Duo 2 could really take off as an alternative to the Galaxy Z Fold 3.

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