Microsoft has begun production of its Surface Duo dual-screen device, and will start shipping it August 24.
Microsoft surprised the industry with the announcement of two dual-screen devices, the Surface Duo and the Surface Neo. The latter will run Windows 10X, while the former runs Android. Microsoft has been cozying up with the Android and Linux communities in recent years, although a full-fledged Android device was still quite shock to many in the tech community. Microsoft even hired Android development teams to bring Duo development in-house and ensure the highest level of integration.
Once the coronavirus pandemic hit, however, Microsoft altered plans and focused on helping Windows 10X work on existing devices and moved the Neo’s release back to 2022. It appears the Duo, however, is close to seeing the light of day.
According to WindowsCentral’s Zac Bowden, Microsoft could start shipping the device as early as August 24:
”Surface Duo production has started and will begin shipping to customers the week of August 24th, I’m told. Should be less than a month to go now!”
—Zac Bowden (@zacbowden) July 29, 2020
This is good news for customers looking forward to a dual-screen device marrying the best of Microsoft and Google.