What you need to know
- The Microsoft Surface Duo gets a few usability improvements with the January update.
- The update improves speaker audio quality as well as touch stability and adds a new calling feature.
- The new patch should be rolling out to unlocked Surface Duo owners now and comes in at 576MB.
Owners of the Microsoft Surface Duo may be pleased to know that the device is receiving the latest January update (opens in new tab). The company seemed to skip out on its monthly update in December, so hopefully this latest one marks a return to form. Not only does it come with the December and January Android security patches, but it also comes with a few improvements that should improve some aspects of the device.
Notably, the update looks to improve speaker quality as well as touch stability, the last of which was one of several gripes Daniel Bader had in his Microsoft Surface Duo review. Here's the list of improvements that this update brings:
- Addresses scenarios outlined in the Android Security Bulletin - December 2020 and January 2021.
- Improves Surface Duo UI stability.
- Adds the ability to add a caller to conference calls in certain conditions.
- Improves audio quality when using speaker mode.
- Improves touch stability.
The update, version 202.1211.85, is currently only available for the unlocked version of the Surface Duo, meaning those who picked up the AT&T model are still on the November update, although based on Microsoft's cadence, it shouldn't be long before the update hits those devices, too. It comes in at 576MB, and users can check for it in Settings under System Update.
And if you are among those who picked up this curious device, be sure to protect that investment and check out some of the best Microsoft Surface Duo cases.
Microsoft Surface Duo
The Surface Duo is Microsoft's first foray into the world of Android hardware, with a slim design and unique hinge mechanism. The different take on the software is optimized for the dual-screen form factor, as Microsoft considers this to be the ultimate productivity device, allowing you to easily multitask between the displays.
- $1400 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he's not working, he's most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.
They need to update the price down about $500...or update to some internals that aren't from 2019. I really wanted to buy one, but it was too hard to justify $1,500 (I wanted the 256 GB for my local music library). If it launched around $1,000-1,200, I might have gone for it. $1,500 for the same SoC in my $600 LG G8 from 2019, massively downgraded camera, no microSD, no headphone jack, no wireless charging, and no 5G? I hope there's a new version this year that fixes at least most of the things they left out. Until then, I'm going to keep holding off. IMO, Microsoft has seemingly done everything they could to make sure people don't adopt the Duo. It's a bizarre means of re-entering the market.
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