Microsoft's Surface Duo might launch as early as this summer

Those hoping to see a new phone from Microsoft rejoiced last October when the company announced the Surface Duo. There was only one problem; like the dual-screen Windows 10X-powered Surface Neo, we weren't going to get our hands on it until holiday season 2020.

According to a new report from Windows Central's Zac Bowden, it turns out that the Surface Duo might actually ship much earlier, as early as this summer, in fact. Availability could be announced at Microsoft's spring hardware event, where we're expecting the Redmond firm to also announce the Surface Book 3 and Surface Go 2.

This change doesn't affect the Surface Neo, which is still going to be at least this holiday season. The reason isn't all that surprising. A lot of the work for Duo's software is already done. It runs Android but with a custom launcher from Microsoft. For the Surface Neo, however, Microsoft actually has to build the OS.

According to Zac, the Surface Duo will come with a Snapdragon 855, 6GB RAM, and 64GB of storage in the base model, and there will be other RAM and storage configurations. There will not be any 5G support, so with the addition of last year's chipset, it's already falling short of current flagship smartphones.

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