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Bluetooth SIG and FCC listings point to an imminent release for the Microsoft Surface Duo and a Snapdragon 855 chipset

The Surface Duo has passed through the Bluetooth SIG and FCC (Image source: Microsoft)
The Surface Duo has passed through the Bluetooth SIG and FCC (Image source: Microsoft)
The Microsoft Surface Duo has passed through the Bluetooth SIG and FCC, signalling its imminent release. The dual-screen device would be Microsoft's first smartphone since the Lumia 650, which the company released over four years ago. However, the Surface Duo appears to be running on last-gen hardware.
Alex Alderson,

The Surface Duo has appeared at the Bluetooth SIG and FCC, signalling that its release is almost upon us. Microsoft still states that the device is arriving in Holiday 2020, but the Surface Book 3 and Surface Go 2 both appeared on the FCC a month before their release.

The two listings do not confirm much about the device, and that which they do confirm should have already been expected. According to the information that has been published, the Surface Duo will support 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and Wi-Fi 6. The absence of 5G tests effectively confirms that the Surface Duo will not be based on the Snapdragon 865, which tallies with past rumours. The Surface Duo is supposedly based on last year's Snapdragon 855, although neither the Bluetooth SIG or the FCC confirms this.

The FCC also reveals that Microsoft has assigned the Surface Duo the model number of 1930. While neither listing reveals a potential release date for the Surface Duo, the volume of teasers that Microsoft executives have published in the last month suggests that the device is ready for release. The Surface Guide has compiled a timeline of teasers if you are interested.

Microsoft is yet to confirm the specifications of the Surface Duo, but Windows Central revealed earlier this year that the device would be sold with 6 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of storage. A 3,460 mAh battery will also be on board, as will an 11 MP camera and two 5.6-inch displays running at 1,800 x 1350 pixels each.

The Surface Duo at the Bluetooth SIG. (Image source: Bluetooth SIG)
The Surface Duo at the Bluetooth SIG. (Image source: Bluetooth SIG)
And at the FCC. (Image source: FCC via Windows Latest)
And at the FCC. (Image source: FCC via Windows Latest)

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Bluetooth SIG & FCC via Windows Latest (1) (2)

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Alex Alderson, 2020-07-24 (Update: 2020-07-24)
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - News Editor - @aldersonaj
Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.