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When will Surface Duo be released outside the U.S.?

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When will Surface Duo be released outside the U.S.?

Best answer: The Surface Duo is initially launching only in the U.S. Microsoft says that it will "share more information about market expansion at a later date." Based on that statement, the Surface Duo will ship to other countries at some point, but there aren't any details on which states it will ship to or when it will ship outside the U.S.Dual-screen fun: Surface Duo (opens in new tab) (From $1,400 at Microsoft)

When is the Surface Duo shipping outside the United States?

The Surface Duo is only available in the U.S. at launch. Microsoft has not confirmed any specifics regarding a launch outside the U.S. but has said it will share more details in the future.

Here is Microsoft's statement regarding the Surface Duo outside the U.S.:

Initially, Surface Duo will be available in the U.S. We'll share more information about market expansion at a later date.

That statement doesn't provide much in terms of details, but it does imply that the Surface Duo will expand to other countries at some point in the future.

The Surface Duo has passed certifications in other countries, which gives some indication on future plans as well. The Surface Duo has appeared on Canada's UL LLC and Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. However, at this point, it's unclear to which countries the Surface Duo will ship.

Surface Duo release date

Microsoft's Surface Duo is available for preorder starting today, August 12, and it starts shipping on September 10, 2020. The Surface Duo starts at $1,400 for the 128GB version and goes up to $1,500 for the 256GB version. For now, the Surface Duo is exclusive to the U.S.

The Surface Duo seems to have a more conservative launch in terms of where it will initially ship. Many suspected that the Surface Duo would launch only in the U.S. and then roll out to other countries in the future.

Will a Surface Duo work outside the United States?

While Microsoft won't initially sell the Surface Duo outside of the U.S., it does support a wide range of bands that means it will likely work in your area. You'll want to double-check that the bands of your specific region are supported before grabbing a Surface Duo.

Microsoft's listing for the Surface Duo (opens in new tab) has a tech specs portion that lists all of the bands that the device supports. Here's what appears in the network and connectivity section for the Surface Duo.

WiFi: WiFi-5 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz)Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0LTE: 4x4 MIMO, Cat.18 DL / Cat 5 UL, 5CA, LAA. Up to 1.2Gbps Download / Up to 150Mbps UploadBands Supported:FDD-LTE: 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,12,13,14,19,20,25,26,28,29,30,66TD-LTE: 38,39,40,41,46WCDMA: 1,2,5,8GSM/GPRS: GSM-850, E-GSM-900, DCS-1800, PCS-1900Location: GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou, QZSS

You might run into issues with things such as VoLTE, but the Surface Duo supports a range of bands that covers most of the globe.

Be aware that importing a device as expensive as the Surface Duo could also cost you significant import or duty costs.

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