Surface Duo 2 leaks show Microsoft isn't giving up on phones like last time

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Microsoft hasn’t had a great history with phones. While the company's failed Windows Phone platform still has a fantastically loyal fanbase, Microsoft isn't interesting in revisiting those devices. Instead, the company invested in foldable, an investment they're continuing with the Surface Duo 2.

Surface Duo 2 leaks

Put online by YouTuber Tech Rat, the leaked Surface Duo looks to address one of the original’s biggest complaints. The original dual-screen fold was praised for its amazing hinge design and remarkably sleek design, but it failed in two departments.

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The most apparent issue with the first device was its incredibly mediocre camera system. For a product that retailed for £1349, the single-lense camera was laughably basic. Microsoft even expected users to use the tiny camera for all types of shooting instead of having a rear camera as well.

The second failure of the original was the software. Microsoft's auto-rotate software was frustratingly broken when the product launched. In recent reports, that software has yet to be properly fixed.

Microsoft's Surface Duo 2 does at least look to improve on one of these aspects: the camera. The new foldable has an all-new triple-camera sensor on the back to take (hopefully) decent pictures. However, this might cause another issue.

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Is the fold ruined?

The most esteemed function of the first Surface Duo was its amazing hinge. It was a simple mechanism that smoothly gave users a tonne of options. However, with the introduction of this new camera bump, that fold won't be as smooth.

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For example, the Surface Duo 2 can't fold fully with both screens on the outside, a popular way of using the device. It's not a deal breaker; those interested in the Duo likely won't be perturbed by this new hinge. But no matter which way you put it, this upgrade does come with a downside.

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