When Microsoft’s Panos Panay took the stage late last year to introduce the world to the Surface Duo, ‘holiday 2020’ was announced as the start of retail. For many, including me, who suggested a fourth-quarter appearance for the Android-powered dual-screen device.
Now it looks like we will see the revolutionary device in the coming weeks. Let’s look at data being built towards a strange release date.
Let’s start with the paperwork. The Surface Duo has chosen a number of certifications in recent weeks, including from the US FCC and variants for Canada and Japan. As well as regulatory details, you also have Google Full Order Android Compatibility Test Suite which opens up a number of very important features:
“Sure, this is a formality for an Android device, but certification is vital to another part of the Android ecosystem that the public is aware of. Google Mobile Services – which is required to have the Google Play Store (and other related services such as is Youtube) – has ‘Android Compatibility’ as part of its requirements. “
Then there are the visuals, because we also have new images from the device. PR materials have flowed through an American shipping company – the Surface team may have pushed the line that the Surface Duo is not a phone much, but it still has a cellular data connection. Jon Fingas for Engadget:
Well-known connoisseur Evan Blass has shared grup a set of rankings for the Surface Duo as he claims that the dual-screen Android device will launch with AT&T. He has not given details on the release or price, but it is safe to say that the monthly payment can facilitate the justification of the unique shell device. “
Finally, perhaps the biggest signal comes from long-term Microsoft commentator Paul Thurrott. As well as noting the press release material, he also highlighted the announcements that will take place next week:
“As I pointed out myself on Twitter, the Microsoft MVP was invited to attend a virtual Surface conference, presumably for the Duo, on August 12.”
There is a lot of information out there, and none of them have a specific date that says ‘The Surface Duo will launch on this date’, but the moment is being built and the moment is near.
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