Surface Duo production reportedly started, will begin shipping “the week of August 24th”

Rabia Noureen

Microsoft Surface Duo.

We have been reporting for some time that Microsoft’s Surface Duo, which recently appeared in an FCC filing, is coming to the market earlier than expected. The highly-anticipated dual-screen device was rumored to be releasing sometime this summer.

According to a tweet published by Windows Central’s Zac Bowden a couple of minutes ago, the production process for Surface Duo has already started, which is supposed to be the last step before the official release. Bowden noted that Microsoft is expected to start ramping up the shipping of the Surface Duo in “the week of August 24th.”

With several Microsoft execs teasing the device on Twitter recently, there’s a reason to believe it’s gonna happen for real this time. Just yesterday, Shilpa Ranganathan, CVP of Mobile & Cross device Experiences at Microsoft tweeted another picture of the dual-screen device.

Surface Duo is Microsoft’s first dual-screen device, and it’s going to use Android, not a Windows 10-based OS. That should be great for app compatibility, and developers will also be able to enhance their apps so they can take advantage of the dual screens. Surface Duo should give some competition to the first foldable devices from Samsung and Huawei, though we don’t have any details yet about pricing and launch markets.

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