AT&T accidentally leaks the Surface Duo ahead of its unveiling

Surface Duo render leak

We’ve known for a while that Microsoft Surface Duo has entered
production and the dual-screen phone is set to launch in
August. While Microsoft is expected to announce the device in a
virtual event or blog post, the company has reportedly invited
MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals) to a virtual Surface event
on August 12.

On August 12,
Microsoft will reportedly present the Surface Duo to the
MVPs before an official announcement is made public.

There are rumours that Microsoft is once again going with
AT&T to launch its flagship smartphone in the United
States.

Evan
Blass says the device in the leaked renders is the AT&T
model, but since we don’t see any carrier branding on the back
and front panel of the device, it’s safe to assume that the
Surface Duo won’t be exclusive to AT&T in the country.

Surface Duo ATT

The Surface Duo listing
on AT&T website could rather mean that you can buy the
handset through AT&T channels and website. If that’s the
case, you should be able to buy the Surface Duo from the
Microsoft Store and operate the unlocked handset with the
carrier of your choice.

This move also marks a continuation of the strong relationship
between AT&T and Microsoft. In the old Nokia
days, Microsoft had also partnered with AT&T to sell
the Lumia phones in the United States as the company believed
that their Lumia handsets will get focused promotional push
through AT&T channels.

The software giant could be having discussions with other
partners both in the US and abroad about carrying the
dual-screen phone, but it hasn’t been clear which carriers
would offer the device.

Surface Duo would be Microsoft’s first Android phone and we
already have a better idea of the key specs for this
dual-screen device.

Microsoft has opted for the older and cheaper Snapdragon 855
SoC from Qualcomm. It’s also reported that test devices
have 3,460mAh battery, 11-megapixel front-facing camera, and
256GB of storage.

The prototypes didn’t feature NFC or wireless charging,
according to the reports. Surface Duo will ship with
Android 10, but an update to Android 11 is expected “relatively
quickly”.

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