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Surface Duo will have a world-class camera, according to Microsoft

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While Microsoft has revealed some specs for its dual-screen Surface Duo, one thing that it has remained quiet about until now is the camera. In fact, the prototype it showed off doesn’t even have a rear camera, but that’s something the company is actively working on, and the result will apparently be “world-class”.

That claim came from Panos Panay, chief product officer of the Microsoft Devices group, who in an event attended by WindowsArea (opens in new tab) apparently said “of course we’re working on a world-class camera” for the Surface Duo.

He didn’t go into any detail, so we don’t know what will make this camera world-class, but a patent might provide some clues.

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Spotted by WindowsLatest (opens in new tab), a Microsoft patent application (opens in new tab) details a camera with a moving imaging sensor, which slots into place under a lens only when needed. This could allow the camera mechanism to be a lot thinner than usual, only jutting out when you’re actually taking photos.

And that could be especially important for the Surface Duo, as the phone is likely to be very thin when open, so as to avoid it being unreasonably thick when closed. As such, a conventional camera might end up sticking a long way out from the back of the device, something which a camera based on this patent could avoid.

However, we don’t know for sure that this is intended for the Surface Duo, only that it would make sense for it to be; and regardless, the patent doesn’t reveal anything about the quality or specs of the camera, so for now those details will have to remain a mystery.

Via GSMArena (opens in new tab)

James Rogerson
James Rogerson

James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps. James also contributes to 3G.co.uk, 4G.co.uk and 5G.co.uk and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV.