Microsoft has apparently scheduled a European release of the Surface Duo for Q2 2021
The Surface Duo may offer a unique Android experience, but it is one with outdated hardware, like the Snapdragon 855. Now, Windows Area has reported that Microsoft is planning to unveil its return to smartphones in Europe, but not until Q2 2021. Citing a supposedly reliable source, Windows Area does not know how much the Surface Duo will cost.
Similarly, Windows Latest claims that Microsoft will also distribute the Surface Duo in at least Canada, Japan and the UK. These markets will receive the Surface Duo in this Q1 2021 window too, while Windows Latest adds that Microsoft has already contacted UK mobile networks about carrying the Surface Duo.
Ultimately, the re-release of the Surface Duo in 2021 confirms that Microsoft has no immediate plans to announce a Surface Duo 2. Moreover, it sort of shows the limits of the company's smartphone strategy. Instead of addressing the lack of NFC and the inclusion of an ageing Snapdragon 855, Microsoft seems happy with charging extortionate prices for outdated hardware.
If you want a Surface Duo in the US, then one will currently set you back a minimum of US$1,199.99. Presumably, Microsoft will charge a comparable price for the device in Canada, Japan and Europe too, as it does with its other Surface devices. Hence, the Surface Duo will probably retail for over £1,000 and €1,000 whenever it leaves the US.