The highly anticipated foldable Surface Duo smartphone with two screens from Microsoft could come onto the market a little earlier than expected. According to a report by Droid-Life, the device has been officially released by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Before an electronic product, such as a phone or tablet, goes on sale in the United States, it must pass the FCC because of certain legal and security requirements. In the case of the Surface Duo, the device was well hidden by Microsoft and referred to in FCC lists and documents as a "phablet device". However, according to Droid-Life, it seems to "have lasted because of all of its testing and certification splendor" recently.
It is also said that the duo is currently internally at Microsoft in a "product validation phase" that Windows Central typically takes a few weeks to complete. Combined with the fact that the FCC listing contains a confidentiality agreement through October 29, this suggests that a product launch could well take place before the originally promised launch date of the 2020 holiday. There is still a possibility that pre-orders will be opened soon. Good.
In addition to the FCC listing, which indicates a possible early product launch, it also contains some other details about the duo. The list shows that the duo supports all major LTE bands in the USA as well as 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WLAN. It also has the model number "1903" and suggests that the device be delivered with "Android Version 10". In addition, the FCC demonstrated the duo both folded and unfolded as part of routine heat tests.
Microsoft has kept silent about the Surface Duo and has not officially discussed the official specifications of the foldable device. Rumor has it that it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, options for 4GB or 6GB RAM and up to 256GB of onboard storage.
It is rumored that the battery is rated at 3,460 mAh, which is slightly below the 4,380 mAh of the Samsung Galaxy Fold. However, there will still be no 5G support, mainly due to the choice of processor. The camera also remains a topic of discussion and is said to be an 11-megapixel front camera with an aperture of 2.0.
In any case, a start will likely take place soon. Microsoft employees like Frank Shaw, head of communications at Microsoft, have recently used social media to test the device and show how the duo is used in their daily lives. Even Panos Panay, the duo's designer and visionary, recently reported teasing the camera quality and showing what looks like a bumper case.