Microsoft’s first dual-screen Android smartphone Surface Duo to come with an unlockable bootloader
On Wednesday, Microsoft launched its first Android Smartphone Surface Duo with a pre-order price of $1,399 (Rs 1,04,641.77 approx). Microsoft’s dual-screen Android smartphone that was first announced back in October 2019 and is now open for pre-order and Microsoft will probably start shipping the gadget by the first week of September. Now it is also revealed that Microsoft Surface Duo will allow users to unlock the bootloader.
A bootloader is a vendor-proprietary image responsible for bringing up the kernel on a device. It guards the device state and is responsible for initializing the Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) and binding its root of trust. The bootloader is comprised of many things including splash screen.
As Microsoft will allow Surface Duo users to unlock the bootloader it would be easy to Surface Duo users to root the phone and flash supported custom ROMs. According to Microsoft, the Surface Duo Android smartphone will have a locked bootloader as default and users will require to unlock it if they want to root their Surface Duo.
Before unlocking the bootloader it’s worth knowing that Surface Duo will be shipped with Android 10 out of the box and will receive Android 11 update as soon as it is public. Unlocking the bootloader and flashing custom ROM may not allow Surface Duo to download future Microsoft updates. Microsoft has promised that it will be providing three years of features and security updates for Surface Duo devices. Meanwhile, Google and Samsung also provide 3 years of full updates for their flagship, Pixel and Galaxy smartphones respectively.
If you are buying Microsoft Surface Duo then you should also know that Surface Duo uses Microsoft’s custom-engineered Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), which enables full control over firmware components. This also allows Microsoft to deliver enterprise-grade security to Surface Duo and the company is responsible for every line of firmware code.
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