On Thursday and Friday, Microsoft released updates for the dual-screen Surface Duo. According to The Microsoft Surface Duo support site (via Windows Central), Thursday’s update covered security updates 2021.817.35 (North America) and 2021.817.37 (Europe). The Friday update, software version 2021.817.36, was for Surface Duo units locked to AT&T.
To download and install the update, first make sure you are connected to a Wi-Fi network. Then go to Settings > System > System update > Check for update > Restart now. The Surface Duo came out with Android 10 installed.
Three months before the handset launched in September 2020, a report stated that Microsoft was working on an Android 11 update for the device and that the Surface Duo would be receive the update shortly after launch. Obviously, this is not what happened. And with rumors circulating about the Surface Duo 2, we expect to see this model release with Android 11 installed even though Android 12 will have been discontinued when the sequel launches.
The photo allegedly shows the rear of the Surface Duo 2 with a tri-camera setup
Speaking of the Surface Duo 2, it is expected to be unveiled by Microsoft next Wednesday, September 22. The new version is expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 888 5nm SoC made by Samsung Foundry with 8GB of memory. The OG Surface Duo was equipped with the Snapdragon 855 chipset and 6 GB of RAM.
A photo purportedly showing the rear of the Surface Duo 2 reveals a tri-camera setup compared to the lone 11MP snapper found on the original model. We’d like to see the sequel get a big increase in battery capacity from the 3577mAh battery used on the original, faster charging than the 18W available for the OG unit, and a big reduction in the size of the glasses. The upper and lower bezels are certainly due to a haircut when we could live with a trim on the sides.
Unlike foldable models like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3, the Surface Duo uses two 5.6-inch displays (each with a resolution of 1350 x 1800) and a hinge in the middle. When fully opened, the two displays combine to produce an 8.1-inch screen with a resolution of 1800 x 2700.