12 January 2021
Microsoft's Surface Duo is an ambitious device as you would expect a current-gen foldable device to be. It is aimed at solving the issue of being able to carry a big screen device without getting bigger to put in one's pocket. The foldable phone debuted in August in an exclusive release in the United States. This is because Microsoft did not want to go for global expansion until it received positive feedback from the customers.
It was later revealed that the team is certainly considering expanding Surface Duo's availability to other markets. The United Kingdom, Japan, and Canada are said to be the first markets beyond the United States to receive the product. However, any such release is scheduled for early 2021.
A new report has surfaced claiming that Microsoft's plans for Surface Duo global expansion are on track. This is for the release at least in the United Kingdom and Europe. The team is currently in talks with British carriers for working out a deal that will allow interested buyers to get the device without having to pay full price upfront. This is an important step for Microsoft as Surface Duo costs $1,399 that makes it one of the most expensive phones in the market.
It is worth noting that even though Japan is a part of Microsoft's original expansion plans, the final decision could depend on the response Microsoft receives in the United Kingdom and Europe. The good thing is that Surface Duo has already received certification in Japan which means if the team indeed decides to proceed with the launch, it should not face any legal troubles.