The Surface Duo, which Microsoft announced last year in October, was earlier supposed to arrive during the 2020 holiday season. The dual-screen device sure looks more robust than foldable phones out there and could definitely help the company crack the smartphone market this time around. Given the supposed dated internals of the device, a Q4 launch might not be a good idea. And that’s perhaps why the device will be released sooner than expected.
Surface Duo release date had leaked earlier
According to author Paul Thurrott
, Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professionals (MVP)s have been invited for a virtual briefing for the Surface Duo on August 12. If that’s the case, the device is probably ready for show time.
This is in line with a July report
which said production has started and the device will be released on August 24.
New Surface Duo images
Leaker Evan Blass
has also shared some new pictures of the Surface Duo and we can see various Google and Microsoft apps on it, including the Edge
browser. The default search engine is Google’s, unsurprisingly. After all, this is an Android phone.
This is the AT&T-locked version, and in line with Blass’ earlier prediction that Microsoft will team up with the carrier
to release the device in the US. This means that it might be carrier exclusive at launch.
The Surface Duo
will likely boast two 5.6-inch AMOLED displays held together by a 360-degree hinge. The combined real estate will be 8.3-inches and the device does not have a cover display.
It will be powered by the Snapdragon 855 and only offer LTE connectivity. It is tipped to offer 6GB of RAM and 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of non-expandable storage. It is expected to feature a lone 11MP sensor and a 3,460mAh battery. The Surface Pen will also be supported.
Pricing details have not surfaced yet but it will likely cost a pretty penny.
What Surface Duo lacks on the hardware side will supposedly be compensated for on the software front. If leaks are to go by, Microsoft has been working really hard
on the device’s software and has even acquired a company
especially for the phone and its successor.
Of course, that’s not to say that there is any real substitute for powerful specs and the lack of 5G
connectivity might alienate some buyers.