Microsoft may be on track to launch its dual-screen phone the ‘Surface Duo’ as soon as July, following reports it’s seeking to beat Samsung’s Galaxy Fold 2.
According to a tweet from Windows Central’s Zac Bowden, Microsoft has accelerated plans for the Surface Duo ahead of the Galaxy Fold 2’s tipped August 5 unveiling.
The Surface Duo is posed to Microsoft’s first handset since its Windows Phone, and is also the first Surface-branded smartphone.
I’m told Microsoft wants to launch Surface Duo before the Galaxy Fold 2 is announced. So, before August 5th? We’re getting close. Assuming plans don’t change, Surface Duo should start shipping in less than 2 months.
— Zac Bowden (@zacbowden) June 12, 2020
The device was reportedly first slated for holiday 2020, and unlike the Galaxy Fold or Galaxy Flip is a tipped to be more conventional dual-screen device than single flexible panel phone.
Some commentators predict its design will liken to the LG V60 ThinQ 5G.
When Microsoft first unveiled the Surface Duo it lacked a 5G chipset, with some predicting the final model also forgo 5G connectivity.
The new Microsoft Surface Duo is expected to incorporate two 5.6-inch screens held with a 360-degree hinge – capable of both being pushed outwards.
Microsoft is also slated to unveiled its dual-screen notebook, the Surface Neo, sometime soon with commentators claiming it will open up a new ultra-portable premium category.