According to rumors, the Surface Duo 2 will be introduced next month or the month after. The fact that Microsoft has now also decided on a significant price reduction for the 1st generation in Germany further fuels the rumors about an imminent successor. Instead of 1,549 Euros, the Surface Duo now costs 774 Euros.
With a significant discount of 50 percent, Microsoft is currently trying to move prospective buyers towards the first Surface Duo. Since the German market launch in February of this year, the company had stuck to the original price recommendation of 1,549 Euros (128 GB) and 1,649 Euros (256 GB), while discounts had been advertised in the US for a long time. Most recently, there was a glaring gap of $650 in the US (before taxes) and the equivalent of $1,550 (net) in Germany between the two markets.
In the German Microsoft Store, the 128 GB model now only costs 774 Euros and the 256 GB variant 824 Euros. Microsoft has not only halved the price, but also reduced the surcharge for twice as much memory by 50 percent from 100 Euros to 50 Euros. There is no time-limited discount campaign for the 50 percent reduction in the online store, although the old prices are still displayed, but crossed out.
Surface Duo 2 with 5G and NFC expected
The successor to the Surface Duo is expected to be unveiled in September or October with significantly upgraded hardware, including features like 5G and NFC, after the 1st generation disappointed only when measured by the spec sheet and considered in relation to the price. Microsoft wanted to set itself apart more via the form factor and the software running on it.
So far, the use of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 including 5G support, a triple camera with a clearly protruding module on the back and NFC support for smartphone payments have been mentioned for the Surface Duo 2. The form factor is supposed to be the same over large areas, but the USB Type-C port is supposed to move away from the hinge and centrally to the bottom of the right half. The power button and fingerprint sensor will also merge into one unit. As for the color selection, there will be a black model in addition to the familiar light gray.
There is hardly any information about the display, but slightly thinner display edges and thus more screen surface are mentioned as changes. On the whole, however, significant modifications like frameless panels are not expected in this area. The Surface Duo 2 will also not change the basic design with two panels that are divided by the gap of the hinge.