- Microsoft has confirmed that the Surface Duo has an unlockable bootloader.
- This means you can root it, modify it and flash custom ROMs on it.
There is some good news for those who buy the $ 1,400 Microsoft Surface Duo. In addition to dual-screen Android devices that will receive OS updates for three years, Microsoft has also confirmed (h / t). XDA developer) that it will have an unlockable bootloader.
This means you’ll be able to have root access to the device, flash the custom ROM on the device, modify it, play around with hidden features, and more. However, Microsoft has yet to confirm whether unlocking the bootloader will void the warranty.
We’ll also have to wait and see what the modding community has to offer for the Surface Duo. It’s an expensive device to buy and you won’t want to tinker with root unless it’s worth it. Unlocking your phone’s bootloader is a gamble. If done wrong, you might end up with a bricked phone or a device stuck on bootloop.
Still, it’s good to see Microsoft offering that option to users. Smartphone manufacturers are increasingly tightening the security of their devices, and it’s less common to find phones that you can root or modify at will. So who is thinking of installing Windows 10 on a Surface Duo?
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