The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed a lot of what most consider to be “normal life” and public safety is essential. However, even some of the little things have been lost. Microsoft has been forced to move all its live events to the virtual space until July 2021. That means we won’t get a reveal event for the Surface Duo Android smartphone.
On a personal level, that means missing out on Surface chief Panos Panay pacing the stage and presenting products in his infectious manner. Like I said, the little things. However, Panay will still get his day in the sun to show off the company’s first smartphone in years… he will just have to do it online.
While the Duo will not launch until later this year, Panay is already starting on the charm offensive. In an Instagram post, he took a photo of his son with the Surface Duo.
Since announcing the product in October, Microsoft has been coy about the finer details of the smartphone. Sure, we have had some morsels of information and the Duo SDK for Android is now in preview, but much remains unknown.
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Sharing a special moment captured on my Surface Duo. While I am working from home, Costas is learning from home. We're sharing my office today, he's studying for his CAL mid-term. It's great for him to have tools like #Windows and #Surface to help him study in this time. #workfromhome #learnfromhome
One of the biggest unknowns is the camera. A flagship-level smartphone simply must have a stellar camera experience these days. The most information on the handset’s snapper was Panay saying the Duo will get a “good camera” last October.
Panay likes a good tease and his new Instagram post fits the bill nicely. His son is doing homework on his Surface Pro X. However, the real news here is Panay says the “special moment” was taken with the Surface Duo.
Of course, it’s difficult to judge the quality of a camera by a single image. That said, the photo looks good although I am unsure about the blur happening around the chair to the right of the image. Still, the signs are encouraging that the Surface Duo will have at least a competitive camera setup.