Following its US launch in September, Microsoft’s Surface Duo is expected to be released in Canada, France, Germany, and the UK in early 2021, according to what the company said in December. According to a new report from Android Community, the dual-screen device may start shipping in these additional markets in February, with the company reportedly offering Surface Duo business bundles including headphones in European markets.
Yesterday, a post on the Surface Duo subreddit spotted by MSPoweruser also showed the dual-screen device appearing on the website of French retailer Darty. While the store listings have disappeared as of this writing, the screenshot reveals that the model with 256GB of storage could come with 8GB of RAM in Europe, compared to just 6GB for the US model.
For now, it’s best to take this information with a grain of salt, though 6GB of RAM now seems pretty low in 2021, especially for a device designed to run two apps at once. Most flagship Android phones now come with a minimum of 8GB of RAM, with last year’s Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra offering an optional 16GB of RAM.
Microsoft’s Surface Duo is the company’s first phone since the death of Windows Phone and the Lumia line, and Microsoft chose to test waters first in the US before bringing it to more markets this year. Even though the dual-screen design and build quality are really nice, the consensus has been that the Surface Duo is a bit too expensive considering the midrange specs and not so great camera.
We hope that official information about the Surface Duo’s expanded availability will be coming soon. In the meantime, let us know in the comments if you think that shipping a new variant with 8GB of RAM may help to future-proof the 1st gen device.