10 February 2020
Earlier this month, Microsoft showcased functional prototypes for two foldable devices named Surface Neo and Surface Duo. These are scheduled for an official launch sometime during holidays 2020 which means the time when 5G device launches will start to pick up the pace. It is the reason one can wonder whether Microsoft's foldable devices will also have 5G and now, we have an official response on the matter.
Panos Panay, hardware chief at Microsoft, was talking on the panel of an event held in Berlin when a journalist asked him the question about 5G. He replied that while his team has big plans for 5G, it is quite unlikely that the Surface Duo and Surface Neo will offer 5G connectivity at the time of launch. He added that the team may choose to offer 5G capability later but did not offer details on how they plan to do so. The easiest way would be to release 4G LTE variants first followed by 5G models but we will have to wait and see.
However, he assured that fans can look forward to seeing "good" cameras on both Surface Duo and Neo. This is an important announcement considering that there have been various discussions over cameras of these devices. Panay did not go into details about how many cameras there will be, what would be sensor type, and what to expect which essentially means we have no choice but to wait.
Since we have seen only Surface Duo and Neo prototypes and Microsoft is unwilling to share too much about the devices yet, it is safe to assume that there are still a number of things to get finalized. There is a time of about one year for the launch which means various things about these devices could still change by the time they get closer to the release.