Multiple sources have confirmed to Microsoft aficionado blog Windows Central that the device is ahead of schedule, stating that a launch could happen by this summer. That could put it months ahead of the original anticipated availability time-frame.
Senior editor Zac Bowden explained that both the hardware and software have been finished, and that Android 10 has been completed since August 2019. Right now, Bowden says that Microsoft is tidying things up with “top-level OS customizations” and “in-box app experiences.”
According to the site’s sources, Microsoft expects to have the software ready by early April. If this timeline is met, then the device could be ready for developers and the earliest of adapters by summer. This could mean that the Surface Duo may be ready for purchase alongside the rumored Surface Book 3 and Surface Go 2 refreshes that are expected to happen this spring.
Though Microsoft is accelerating the
However, it appeared that Microsoft had scrapped those plans, opting instead to go with
Additionally, the Snapdragon processor is at least a generation behind compared to high-end phones launching this year from competitors. The accelerated launch timeline could help to make the
Given the older specifications for a flagship phone, Microsoft wants to perfect the software to attract consumers to choose its dual-screen form factor over competitors, including the Huawei Mate X and XS, Samsung Galaxy Fold, and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. In the past, it was reported that Microsoft had originally delayed its Surface Phone endeavors because the device didn’t offer a compelling use case for the form factor.
There are still other uncertainties that could affect the final launch date for the phone, especially given the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. The spread of the novel coronavirus could — as Microsoft had recently guided investors — affect electronics manufacturing in the region, and this may in turn affect the company’s launch plans for its first smartphone since shuttering its Windows 10 Mobile devices years ago.
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