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Microsoft reportedly puts the kibosh on cheaper mid-range Surface Duo 2 “Lite”

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It looks like Microsoft was working on a more affordable version of its dual-screened Android-powered Surface Duo handset. The phone was listed on eBay as a Surface Duo 2 “dev unit”, although eBay has since removed the listing of the phone from its site. Spotted by Windows Centralthis ‘lite’ version of the handset was powered by an upper mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset compared to the Snapdragon 888 powering the regular variant of the Surface Duo 2.
The “lite” version of the Surface Duo 2 had a slightly more rounded design, and the case had a matte finish, plastic and glass construction, and a smaller camera bump on the back. Unlike the regular Surface Duo 2, both screens were flat, not curved. Windows Central’s sources even gave the device’s codename, which is “Cronos”. The Surface Duo 2 “lite” was expected to be released later this year as a more affordable version of the Surface Duo 2.

The Surface Duo 2 has a pair of 5.8-inch AMOLED panels, both with a resolution of 1344 x 1892. The glass is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus and refreshes at 90 Hz. When the two screens are open, a larger 8.3-inch screen the size of a tablet is created. The device comes with 8 GB of storage and 128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB of storage. The rear camera array consists of a 12MP primary camera, a 12MP telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom, and a 16MP ultra-wide camera.

The Surface Duo 2 supports 5G, although it is not clear whether the “lite” version would have that. But the bottom line is that the “light” version of the Surface Duo 2 has been pulled back by Microsoft and put out of its misery. Instead, the company is believed to be working on the full-priced Surface Duo 3. In addition, Microsoft is said to be working on a version of Android 12L for both the Surface Duo and Surface Duo 2. This is the version of Android developed for larger screens. and foldable devices. It will reportedly be distributed sometime in the coming months.

The now-deleted eBay listing for the Surface Duo 2 Lite was priced at $750, about half the base version of the regular Surface Duo 2. Still, it’s hard to talk about prices, as the more affordable mid-range version of the device has been scrubbed by Microsoft.

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