When Microsoft’s Panos Pan took to the stage late last year to familiarize the world with the Surface Duo, ‘Holidays 2020’ was announced as a retail launch. For many, including myself, suggested a quarter-quarter appearance for the dual-screen Android-powered device.
It now looks like we will see a revolutionary device in the next few weeks. Let’s look at the clues that are heading towards a surprise release date.
Let’s start with paperwork. The Surface Duo has received several certifications over the past few weeks, including variants from the US FCC and Canada and Japan. Along with regulatory details, you also have Google’s critical Android compatibility test suite which opens a critically important number:
“Presumably this is a modality for Android devices, but authentication is important for another part of the Android ecosystem that the public is familiar with. Google Mobile Services – which requires the Google Play Store (and other related services such as Youtube) – There is ‘Android compatibility’ as part of its requirements. “
Then there are visuals, as we also have new images from the device. PR content has leaked through an American carrier – the Surface team may have pushed the line that the Surface Duo isn’t a phone heavy, but it still has a cellular data connection. John Fingas for Engadget:
Evan Blass, a well-known leaker, has shared… a batch of renders for the Surface Duo claiming dual-screen Android devices will launch with AT&T. They did not provide release details or pricing, but it is safe to say that monthly payments can make it easier to justify unique clamshell devices. “
Finally, perhaps the biggest clue comes from long-time Microsoft commentator Paul Thurot. Keeping in mind the leaked press material, he also highlighted the briefing to be held next week:
“As I myself noted on Twitter, the Microsoft MVP was invited to participate in a virtual surface briefing, possibly for 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 momentum is building and the moment is close.
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