Goodbye is said to one of Microsoft’s most unique devices in this market niche, and a successor is not in sight in the future.
One of the particular devices that Microsoft launched in recent years, and that managed to succeed in a small market niche, was the Surface Duo, originally launched in 2020, and which just three years later says goodbye to us.
Microsoft has announced that support for operating system and security updates for the Surface Duo original, given that it has just reached the end date of its life cycle marked for September 10, 2023.
The Surface Duo was announced along with the Surface Neo in October 2019, but only the Surface Duo ended up hitting the market, almost a year later in September 2020.
After the end of the life cycle of the original Surface Duo, one of the most unique Redmond devices in recent years is said goodbye, and users must upgrade to the most recent model to continue having all kinds of updates.
The end of the cycle is not a surprise because Microsoft was already clear about it from the original announcement, setting this date as September 10, 2023.
However, the Surface Duo did not have it easy at all. It ended up being launched with Android 10, but then it did not meet the scheduled date to receive Android 11, and finally the phone received Android 12 L, thus being the last operating system update that the device will have.
It was a mobile phone that was not affordable for all budgets, and Microsoft had to lower its price on many occasions, because it did not achieve the expected success.
The original Surface Duo was replaced by the Surface Duo 2, which has also not had the expected reception from Redmond.
Be that as it may, the Surface Duo 2 will still have updates until October 21, 2024, so it can still be an attractive purchase if you want to continue having a device from this family that continues to receive updates.
It remains to be seen if Redmond dares with the next version of the Surface Duo that had been rumored to abandon the current hinge design.