Microsoft gives the Surface Duo an unlockable bootloader and promises to release Android upgrades for the device for three years. The smartphone will be released next month with Android 10, but will also get versions 11, 12 and 13.
In addition to Android upgrades, the Surface Duo will also receive security updates during that period, meldt XDA-Developers based on information from Microsoft. It is unclear whether these are monthly updates, but the company is required at least for the first year to release a security update every quarter.
The unlockable bootloader allows users to install mods and custom roms. The price of $ 1400 will hinder the development of a community around custom roms, XDA-Developers thinks. Microsoft has also not stated whether unlocking the bootloader will void the warranty, but that is not obvious.
The Surface Duo will be released in the United States next month, but nothing is known about a release in other countries yet. It’s the first Android phone in Microsoft’s Surface line. The smartphone has two 5.6 “screens with 4: 3 ratio on the inside Surface Duo is equipped with last year’s Snapdragon 855-soc and has OLED screens with a resolution of 1800×1350 pixels each. The phone has one camera on the back: an 11-megapixel sensor with an f / 2.0 lens. The device has two batteries, good for a capacity of 3577mAh. When closed, the folding phone has dimensions of 145.2×93.3×9.9mm. The weight is 250 grams.