- Microsoft's foldable device Surface Duo could arrive sooner than expected.
- A lot of reports have suggested the device could be launched in August.
- Microsoft is yet to make an official announcement on the same.
Microsoft's ambitious foldable Surface Duo remains slated for release sometime during the holiday season in the US. It has also been the star product that many Microsoft officials are choosing to flaunt on their social media accounts, largely to build hype around it. Now, some fresh reports have suggested the Surface Duo launch could happen a lot sooner than expected.
A renowned tipster Paul Thurott said last week that Microsoft MVPs have been invited for a virtual briefing on August 12, possibly on discuss Surface Duo. Adding weight to that speculation is a Windows Central report that says Microsoft could begin shipping the Surface Duo as early as the week of August 24, according to a source familiar with the development. The August-end, surely, is way too ahead of the stipulated release date.
While there is nothing set in stone currently, Microsoft officials have been dropping hints about a sooner-than-later launch of the Surface Duo. Previously, Microsoft's chief product officer Panos Panay shared some camera samples of the Surface Duo, followed by some hands-on, real-life images of the upcoming foldable posted by the company's head of communications, Frank Shaw. The frequency of these teasers has also increased over time, rightly so to build hype around the product that will have some tough competition in the market.
Microsoft's Surface Duo, although being an ambitious device for the company, will sit below Samsung's one too many foldables that are slowly expanding into various markets. Earlier this month, Samsung launched the Galaxy Z Fold 2 with some top-of-the-line specifications and support for 5G, setting a new benchmark in the market for foldables. Surface Duo, on the other hand, houses a powerful yet dated Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, which is not flagship-worthy anymore. There will be two 5.6-inch AMOLED displays on the Surface Duo, 6GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage, along with a single camera and native support for stylus.
Surface Duo is likely to have a limited audience, more so because of the fact that Samsung has a far aggressive product in the market. Not just Samsung, there is Motorola Razr 2020 speculated to arrive sometime this year as a successor to last year's Razr that lacked 5G support. We are still not sure about the launch date of both Surface Duo and Razr 2020 but there will be a big gamble on the latter, for sure.