Microsoft’s first Android phone is the Surface Duo with two
separate screens and it’s aimed at productivity work. Surface
Duo was announced in October, and Microsoft is expected to
release it later this month. If new certifications are to be
believed, the Surface Duo will also launch outside the United
Surface Duo has already appeared in an FCC filing, Bluetooth
SIG certifications, and
UL LLC certifications (Canada). Now, the Surface Duo has
in Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications,
meaning there’s a good chance the dual-screen hardware won’t be
exclusive to the US or Canada initially.
The certifications indicate that the dual-screen device will
ship outside of the United States when it launches later this
month. Surface Duo should also see a launch in Japan within the
coming weeks or months.
It’s worth pointing out that the model number in the FCC,
Bluetooth SIG, UL LLC Canada, and Japan certification is 1930,
which matches the model number in Microsoft’s emulator for the
It’s also likely that the device will launch in the UK,
Australia and other regions.
According to the certification in Japan, Surface Duo will ship
with Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, 3G, and 4G connectivity. Support for
NFC remains unconfirmed.
Surface Duo rumours
According to reports, Surface Duo comes with the Snapdragon 855
processor, instead of the newer Snapdragon 865 and it won’t
support 5G networks.
The base model of Surface Duo is believed to have 6GB of RAM
and 64GB of internal storage. In addition, the device will be
offered with up to 256GB of internal storage.
It’s also rumoured that the availability of the Surface Duo
will be announced in the week of August 24, but plans could
still change, so we’ll have to wait and see.