Microsoft has spent the past few weeks testing the Surface Duo on Twitter, and it now looks like the dual-screen device is ready to go. Microsoft's new Android device was first introduced at the FCC earlier this week. Today it is shown on the Bluetooth SIG certification page. Devices are usually shown in FCC and Bluetooth lists just a few weeks before the start.
Recent rumors suggested the Surface Duo could be released in July, but it's clear the device isn't ready to launch this month. Instead, it is becoming increasingly likely that Microsoft will launch the Surface Duo in the coming weeks.
Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans report to The Verge that the company had originally planned to focus on the Surface Duo and dual-screen devices at Build earlier this year. These plans changed when it was clear that the pandemic would make Build practical, and Microsoft postponed its Windows 10X dual-screen plans well beyond 2020.
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While some developers already have access to two-screen developer units, at one point Microsoft had planned to bring Surface Duo to developers much earlier. Like many other things, the pandemic affected Surface Duo’s launch plans, but we know that Microsoft still hopes to ship the device by the end of September.
The phone lick Evan Blass has added fuel to the launch rumors of the Surface Duo and also hinted that the Surface Duo will appear on the AT&T network in the USA. Blass usually receives marketing images and materials from unpublished phones a few weeks or months before launch, which also suggests the Surface Duo is almost ready to use.
Microsoft also spent the summer teasing the Surface Duo before launching it on Twitter. Microsoft's chief communications officer, Frank Shaw, published a photo of the Surface Duo earlier this month, just a few days after Surface boss Panos Panay teased the device on Twitter with an apparently new bumper housing. The same case also appeared in a video on LinkedIn with Microsoft manager Brad Anderson last week.
Microsoft already presented the Surface Duo at a press event in New York City in October and promised to launch the device in 2020. Although the company has not yet released any official hardware specifications, leaks suggest that it is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor , 6 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of storage and two 5.6-inch displays will be included.