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Surface Duo Spotted in the Wild Complete with Software Demo

A Surface Demo has been spotted in the wild months ahead of its launch. The leak also shows how Android works on the device.


At its Surface event last October, dropped a hardware surprise. The company announced the , it's first smartphone in several years. Furthermore, the device is based on , becoming Microsoft's first hardware foray into the platform.

However, the Surface Duo shown on stage was a prototype. It was literally not the finished article as Microsoft will not launch the device until holiday season this year. Indeed, the company is still developing both the software and hardware of the Duo.

It is unclear how many prototypes were made, but the device was only available to select journalists to view. That makes it all the more interesting that a Surface Duo has been spotted in the wild on Vancouver's SkyTrain.

As you can see in the image, it seems as though the hardware is the same as the device Microsoft showed on stage. Some commenters suggest the device in the wild has a front facing camera, but it's hard to tell.

In the accompanying video, you can also see how the Android UI functions across the dual screens of the Duo. For example, a game running is running on one of the displays while the user uses the other screen to enter Outlook for Android.

Sure, the software still looks unfinished, but it clearly shows how the Duo will function.

Dual Screen

For example, we also get a look at how the Surface Duo handles apps running across both screens. It is worth noting developers won't include this ability in their apps. Instead, users of the device will be able to choose to spread the app across both screens with “extended canvas” mode.

So, what's the story with this leak? Well, Microsoft is believed to have given Surface Duo phones to developers early. We guess this is for long-time major partners. Still, we guess Redmond won't be pleased that this leak has happened.

Last Updated on April 9, 2020 10:07 am CEST

SourceThe Verge
Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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