Microsoft Surface Duo Launch Imminent with Bluetooth SIG Certification

Microsoft Surface Duo

If the rumors are to be believed, you can expect the official launch of the Microsoft Surface Duo. The news assumes significance with the Microsoft Surface Duo receiving Bluetooth SIG certification as the Surface Model 1930. The Surface Duo is a foldable Android smartphone and was announced in October 2019. The launch will happen only during Black Friday because of the delay in the production due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

The main attraction of the upcoming Microsoft Surface Duo is the integration of Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. Moreover, the FCC listing specifies that the device will ship pre-loaded with Android 10 with support for all major US LTE bands, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and NFC. Moreover, the Surface Duo ships with dual 5.6-inch AMOLED displays coupled with Snapdragon 855 processor.

The interesting point to note is that the Surface Duo only ships with a 3460mAh battery, which is pretty less than competing devices. It remains to be seen how the device works in terms of battery backup. The Redmond-based software giant is also planning to bundle Surface Pen along with the product package, The Pen comes with advanced features including advanced integration of the various capabilities.

The Bluetooth SIG certification handle clearly specifies that the Surface Duo will launch very soon. However, we don’t have an estimated timeline of the launch but it could be around November 2020 timeframe alongside the fall of Black Friday.

Just when the Surface Duo surfaced on the Bluetooth SIG portal, popular tipster Evan Blass revealed that the handset will also available on AT&T. We also expect the addition of Android 11 on the device because of the rescheduling of the launch date. You should note that Android 10 will be outdated by the end of 2020 and it looks like the company is willing to pre-load Android 11.

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Microsoft could also integrate both Android 11 and Windows 10 on the Surface Duo. The chances are bleak because Microsoft is yet to release a mobile version of Windows 10. That being said, you should accept the facts only with a pinch of salt since there is no official confirmation.

Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and again as a Microsoft MVP in Surface under Windows and Devices in January 2024. He worked as a Chief Technical Editor with ASPAlliance and was part of ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at admin@netans.com