Microsoft’s Surface Duo phone has a new release date

Surface Duo Android phone
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The dual-screened Surface Duo was announced in October 2019 and
the phone is due to be officially released later this year.
Microsoft said Surface Duo will hit the market during the
December 2020 holiday season, but it looks like Surface Duo
could launch much earlier if a new rumour is believed to be
true.

The development of Surface Duo hardware and software has
finished, and the final customizations are expected to complete
by early April. The report makes sense as Surface Duo is
actually that long-rumoured Andromeda, which was originally
supposed to ship with Windows Core OS.

In 2018, Microsoft swapped
Windows Core OS with Google’s Android in Surface
Duo/Andromeda, but the hardware largely remained unchanged.

Under the new plans, the product is now likely to launch in the
summer of 2020, but we don’t know if the Coronavirus could have
impact on the production of the phone. Microsoft has already
warned revenue will be lower than expected because of
coronavirus impact.

Surface Duo could come with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal
support, and it will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855
mobile processor to keep the price down. There will be other
configurations with more gigs of RAM and additional support,
but Microsoft is not planning to launch the 5G variant this
year.

Surface Duo calling

Surface Duo has two 5.6-inch displays with a resolution of
1350×1800 each and Microsoft is offering an 8.3-inch display
when the screens are opened flat.

Unlike Galaxy Fold, Z Flip, Motorola Razr, and Huawei Max,
Microsoft’s dual-screen device uses two separate displays and
hinge that not only offers improved durability but also enables
360-degrees rotation support. You can use Surface Duo in phone
mode, tablet mode with a keyboard on the second display, and
tent mode.

We could see Microsoft announce the Surface Duo at its spring
event when the new
Surface Go 2 and Surface Book 3 are rumoured to be
announced.

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