Microsoft’s foldable device powered by Android was originally slated for release during the 2020 holidays, but a new report says it could be available as early as summer.
Windows Central’s contacts say the software and hardware for the device are both done, and “Microsoft is currently focused on finalizing the top-level OS customizations and in-box app experiences specific to Surface Duo.” Microsoft is supposedly planning on having those customizations done by early April, with a summer release date planned.
The report also says the Duo will ship with a Snapdragon 855 processor. While the chip was last year’s flagship, and therefore no slouch when it comes to performance, it does not support 5G. That may well be factoring in to the earlier launch plans, as it would allow the phone to hit the market before 5G becomes more widespread and the phone is seen as outdated.
Even without 5G the phone should be a hit with businesses and consumers alike. Its innovative design, Android operating system and deep integration with Microsoft’s ecosystem should help the company score a big win.