29 June 2020
When Microsoft first showcased Surface Duo and Surface Neo foldable devices, it offered an estimated time of arrival of around late-2020. But if a new report is to be believed, the Surface Duo could be in line for earlier than expected release. The report is from Windows Central citing information shared by various industry insiders.
It is mentioned that Microsoft is almost done with Surface Duo hardware and software development. It will run Android 10 out of the box and while the software is complete, the team is working on top-level OS tweaks and app customizations specific to the device's usage. It is expecting everything to be done by April with sales starting soon after. The initial sales are expected to be limited quantity with the main focus on developers and enthusiasts.
The report goes on to detail Surface Duo specifications which feel slightly outdated for 2020. It is said to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor with no 5G support. It is a flagship chipset but not the latest that Qualcomm has to offer. Moreover, it is the lack of 5G connectivity that may make some fans change their minds as almost all the major 2020 flagships are expected to offer a 5G network.
The base model will arrive with 6GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage configuration. There will be other options as well but details about them are currently missing. While we also do not know much about remaining specifications, these should remain the same for all configuration options. We already saw a leak showing the "Peek" feature of Surface Duo and with a launch seemingly around the corner, we should expect more leaks and reports.