Back in October, Microsoft carried at least a couple of surprise with a re-imagined new take on the foldable method. There was the dual 9-inch display laptop/tablet, labelled the Surface Neo and more-fascinating for us – the Surface Duo.
There is a dual 5.6-inch handset device, running Android, all of the things. Both of these gadgets were revealed-off in a really early stage of growth and promised with an indefinite time frame of Holiday season 2020. That was kind of the plan in the first place – to try out a new, more open improvement process on the pair, with plenty of outside involvement and feedback.
As per a recent report, however, the Surface Duo might really be running ahead of plan, with Microsoft apparently now shooting for a Summer 2020 release. As per the source, the hardware of the device is already completed and the development team is now ultimately just finalizing the top-level Android OS twists and in-box app experiences specific to the Surface Duo. If this is really the case, then we could, very-well see the Duo “re-declared” in a more official capacity or at least further detailed along with the Surface Go 2 and the Surface Book 3 this Springtime.
The source does also go on to clarify that for a number of reasons, including cost, a sustained development cycle and even supply chain shortages, due to the COVID-19 virus, the Surface Duo will likely be successively on the last-gen Snapdragon 855 chipset. This will be combined with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage in the base variant. Higher memory tiers are estimated to exist as well, but no newer chipset options. 5G connectivity is nowhere to be found either. So, anybody hoping for a true powerhouse knowledge could be disappointed.
Even though, Microsoft has already promised a “world-class camera” experience. For what that’s worth. Hastening the growth and release process could putatively be a saving grace for the Surface Duo since the longer Microsoft puts things off, the more old-moulded the Snapdragon 855 will develop.
That being said, there is a debate to be had whether cutting-edge hardware is estimated or even necessary in long development cycle, kind of investigational devices. For instance, the Snapdragon 855+ seems to be absent from any conversation about the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, for better or worse.